The 2022 Golden Plains Festival will not be happening in March next year, the organisers have confirmed this morning.
Golden Plains is one of the most loved events on the Australian festival calendar but its organisers have cited a myriad of irreconcilable challenges as causing the event’s March date to not go ahead.
It’s a double blow after Meredith Music Festival announced it will not be going ahead for its 30th iteration in 2021 in December, despite the end of COVID-19 restrictions in Victoria. However, in a thankful respite for Golden Plains fans, Aunty left us all with this optimistic gem of wisdom:
“The energy that came our way to turn Golden Plains on has tripled our resolve for a very special 30th Meredith next December, and a very golden GP XV after that.”
The key takeaways
- Golden Plains won’t be going ahead this March.
- The event has been cancelled due to a “seriously sizeable series of things”
- It’s a double blow after Meredith was cancelled for this December
“We tried incredibly hard to make it happen. Turned every stone a hundred times. Looked at it from every possible, and impossible, angle. We allowed as much time and space as we could,” Aunty Meredith said in a statement.
“In the end, there wasn’t any one single thing that knocked it out. More a seriously sizeable series of things which proved – at this particular moment in time, for our particular circumstances – insurmountable for Golden Plains to take flight.
“Hosting twelve thousand fun-lovers across three days and two nights in the great outdoors is always a massive undertaking and one we approach with rigour and enthusiasm.
“The free-range fun-of-every-flavour – all the good stuff that lets us get loose (while keeping our shit together) – relies on each underpinning component being present and robust and all the moving parts being in tune. Not just for a day, but for the entirety of an epic long weekend at The Supernatural Amphitheatre.
“This means deep consideration and care for every aspect of your presence here on the farm, from start to finish, through two sunups and sundowns, highs, lows, mediums, all manner of human wants and needs, and every kind of atmospheric condition. The time of your life. Then everyone safely home at the end, in time for tea. Golden.”
The organisers went on to state that there was no other option other than to cancel the March event, which comes after the 2021 Labour Day long weekend event last March was also cancelled. The festival took home the ‘Best Festival’ award at the 2020 Music Victoria awards.
“It hurts to think that I won’t be able to host you on the slight incline of The Sup’ this Autumn, to offer up all the goodness this sweet little parcel of land provides in so many ways to so many people,” Aunty continued.
“But when I genuinely examine the facts, for our unique thing, at this unique time, there’s no other decision I can arrive at. The circumstances we are in do not match the circumstances required for this Golden Plains to happen. It’s nobody’s fault. It’s no one thing.
“Despite all the will in the world, we can’t make this Golden.”
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