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Evidently, Canberra is not where young people want to spend their New Years Eve. The capital’s NYE festival Mission To Launch has just been cancelled, citing “poor ticket sales” as the reason.

The festival’s inaugural event was set to take place on December 31, featuring performances from acts like Bag Raiders, Sneaky Sound System and The Potbelleez. Not any more.

In their full statement, the promoter has explained:

“The decision has been a very difficult one for organisers who, as Canberra locals themselves, envisaged bringing a world-class party to the nation’s capital for New Year’s Eve. Unfortunately, the current economic climate has seen music festivals across the country suffer with drops in numbers of attendees and poor ticket sales on a large scale. Mission To Launch has unfortunately suffered the same fate.

The festival was a bold and unique business venture designed for Canberra – an idea initiated by local businessmen and activated 18 months ago when the event market was more resilient. Ticket holders are entitled to a full refund from the point of purchase. Contact your ticketing agency for more details.”

This comes as the latest in a string of worrying festival cancellations. Canberra’s long-running festival Stonefest was dramatically scaled back a month ago, and 2011 has also seen the deference of Good Vibrations, reggae festival Ragamuffin and Perth’s One Movement for Music. Regional event Funk N Grooves pulled the plug, Great Southern Blues festival was cancelled, and Brisbane’s Sunset Sounds is, too, no more. Then there’s the scale-back to the Big Day Out events in Adelaide and Perth.

But it’s not all doom and gloom for Canberra – Foreshore festival is going ahead full-steam this weekend. Plus, there’s still Questacon.


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discotheque said on the 22nd Nov, 2011

Well who the fuck would spend their NYE in Shitberra?


Chillin said on the 22nd Nov, 2011

Putting 3 recycled local acts on NYE and trying to sell tickets to young punters is hardly 'bold and unique'.


djstevep said on the 22nd Nov, 2011

Ha yeah its the economy, not the fact that people are sick of seeing the exact same acts a thousnd times a year


krewsin said on the 22nd Nov, 2011

i guess you could say mission failed


Dave Scully

Dave Scully said on the 22nd Nov, 2011

lol- dance music is not designed to play at festivals, its made for clubs.
keep it simple stupid


CRoNic said on the 22nd Nov, 2011

Lmao at the lineup.


GoodLove said on the 22nd Nov, 2011

Potbelleez can die in a hole


lovemcb007 said on the 22nd Nov, 2011

Ticket sales are down cause ticket prices are going up! We cant afford to go anymore :(

special ed

special ed said on the 22nd Nov, 2011

ticket sales are down cause the line up *ahem* leaves a lot to be desired


SlicyDicer said on the 22nd Nov, 2011

I'd travel the globe to see the potbellezzzzzzzzzzzzzzz


lawlietskyy said on the 22nd Nov, 2011

World Class ? LOL you stick 3 local, recycled rubbish acts on and expect ticket sales in the most boring place on earth ? Watching nine networks coverage of the fireworks with some black label and an ipod dock would be far more fun.


mlirosi said on the 22nd Nov, 2011

ohh boy did i get screwed on my goodvibes/mission to launch super pass


Random_Kiwi said on the 22nd Nov, 2011

Poor ticket sales in direct orrelation to poor quality line up imo


LunarCat said on the 22nd Nov, 2011

Oh yeah, but in my opinion mostly it's bad timing (as someone actually mentioned earlier in the post).
I mean, if you're setting up the festival on New Year's eve, you'd better have a stellar line up... Simple as that, really.


Digitalgrub said on the 22nd Nov, 2011

If they had put this about three weeks after uni first got back, I reckon they'd have had more luck. With so many good NYE festivals (Pyramid, Falls, SummerFieldayze, Subsonic and Peats Rydge) the market is simply not there for it.

Not to mention Foreshore and Summer Rhythm in the 2 months before it.


khaiyin said on the 22nd Nov, 2011

New Years is the prime time when people are willing to travel to festival/celebrate... If I was a Canberran and wanted a NYE festival, I'd get the hell outta there.


Bitsmasher said on the 22nd Nov, 2011

Destined for failure...
All ages festival with an ordinary lineup. In Canbrah. On NYE.

They would've had more kangaroos than payers.


josh_goods said on the 22nd Nov, 2011

trance line ups do well. trance events even struggle but do well. get the point and jump aboard, theres room for everyone


home_spun said on the 28th Nov, 2011

I've got nothing to say. I'm just testing stuff, coz you know it's mag job n' shit.


Deanaby said on the 6th Dec, 2011

Foreshore sells out every year, and Summer Rhythm is going ahead. I'd say it's more a line-up issue than a "Canberra" issue. Also poster was horrible and 16 age limit didn't help.