Coastal surf festival The Drop announces return to Torquay in 2023

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Coastal surf festival The Drop announces return to Torquay in 2023

Tones and I, Matt Corby, Dune Rats and more headline the 2022 stops, with the 2023 lineup (including Torquay) yet to be announced.

The Drop Festival is returning for another year of music and surf, featuring a whole bunch of Australian favourites to take to stages at the country’s most iconic surfing spots for 2022 and 2023.

In 2022, The Drop will stage a two-date run in New South Wales, hitting up the iconic shores of Bondi Beach and the surf haven of Coffs Harbour in October. The bill for these shows has already been announced with the likes of Tones and I, Matt Corby, Dune Rats, Cub Sport, Gretta Ray, Shag Rock, Towns and Hallie taking to the stage.

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These acts will head to Bondi Beach on Saturday, October 15 and Park Beach Reserve in Coffs Harbour on Saturday, October 22.

Music and surf lovers in Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia will have to wait until next year to slap on your sunscreen and party with bona fide national treasures. The festival will kick off in January at Queen Elizabeth Park in Coolangatta, before taking to Empire Park in Newcastle on March 28, Torquay Common in Torquay on April 8, a to-be-confirmed location in Busselton on April 15 and Queen Elizabeth Park again on May 13.

The 2023 lineup hasn’t been revealed for these dates, nor has details on whether the event will do what it usually does and follow the Aussie leg of the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour.

The return of the drop follows the cancelled festival back in 2020. Prior to the pandemic, The Drop planned six festivals between February and April at six coastal locations around the country. Only two legs of the festival went ahead before nationwide-lockdowns put the remaining four shows in Manly, Coolangatta, Torquay and Busselton on hold, in turn causing a two year wait on refunds for the cancelled fest.

At the time of the cancellation, The Drop Team explained they had already covered pre-event costs for all the festival’s events across Australia, and they were thus unable to refund tickets until an insurance claim was resolved. In late June 2021, organisers revealed they had won a tribunal case over their cancellation insurance claim and expected to settle “in coming weeks”, and the tribunal decision would allow The Drop events – which usually run in proximity to the World Surf League tour across Australia – to go ahead again in 2022.


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If you have tickets to these previous events that didn’t go ahead, you can now either roll them over to the new festivals in each location (where they’re returning), switch to Bondi or Coffs Harbour instead, or obtain a refund.

For those who purchased tickets to the Torquay festival in 2020, specially your options are to either attend the new festival in Bondi or Coffs Harbour; roll your ticket over to the new Torquay event in 2023, or get a full refund on your ticket. The latter two options however won’t be made available until the lineup has been announced for the new Torquay event.

You can find out more about tickets and refunds here