Yours & Owls Festival cancels 2022 event

Yours & Owls Festival cancels 2022 event

The festival - which was slated to go ahead at Stuart Park, Wollongong this weekend - has been cancelled due to flooding.

Just days out from the festival’s return, Wollongong’s two-day party Yours & Owls has officially been cancelled due to flooding.

With the exciting news last month regarding restrictions lifting, the festival could be forgiven for thinking they had a smooth run into the 2022 festival; however, mother nature has a different plan. The news was announced on Tuesday, March 29, with organisers breaking the news to keen festival-goers.

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“With total exhaustion and sadness, we announce the cancellation of Yours and Owls 2022 due to flooding,” the festival said.

“With the amount of water that has landed on Stuart Park in the past few weeks, the flash flooding we experienced in The Gong over the weekend and the forecast for the rest of this week, we simply cannot safely execute this year’s event.

“We have been pumping water off the site, developing other management and mitigation plans, even using the SCG’s famous Super Sopper, but nothing has been a match for the formidable force of La Niña. After lengthy consultation with relevant stakeholders and emergency services and no appropriate alternate event site in the area, we are left with no option other than a full cancellation.”

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“The past few years have been an unprecedented shit fight of biblical proportions for the live music industry. We want to thank all our staff, contractors, suppliers, artists, industry colleagues, stakeholders, the local Gong community, and all of you who bought tickets to Yours and Owls 2022 for your continued support; it means the world to us.

“We share your disappointment and apologise for any inconvenience caused; we would love nothing more than to be gearing up to hang with you all this weekend for Gong Christmas.”

“If you can spare any of the cash you had stashed to spend this weekend, please consider donating to those people along the East Coast who have been and continue to be severely impacted by these recent and current flood events.

“Stay safe out there; we will be back bigger and better real soon!”

Long recognised as a Spring festival, Yours & Owls took over Wollongong’s Dalton Park on Saturday, 17th and Sunday, 18th April 2021 with sophisticated dual revolving stage setup and a local-only lineup, going down as the first major music festival in Australia since the pandemic hit last year. Planning on returning to its home by the sea at Stuart Park, the festival has been planning to go all out with a bigger (larger site and more people) and better offering than ever before.

The festival was to be headlined by Hilltop Hoods, BENEE, Bliss n Eso, Flight Facilities, The Jungle Giants, Peking Duk, Violent Soho and Faker.

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