Play on the Plains festival cancelled due to poor ticket sales

The 2023 Deniliquin, NSW music festival Play on the Plains has been cancelled due to poor ticket sales.

Play on the Plains 2023 was set to feature many well known Australian acts. However, in a statement on social media yesterday, organisers announced that the music festival would not go ahead.

“It is with incredibly heavy hearts that organisers have today advised that Play on the Plains scheduled to take place in Deniliquin on Saturday, 11 March 2023 will not be proceeding” organisers wrote on social media. They emphasised that Play on the Plains is a community run, not-for-profit event. Therefore, it is “not viable for the organisation to continue and suffer a financial loss”.

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“Play on the Plains is such a great event and we’ve been committed to getting it off the ground, but the numbers are just not there”, said festival chair Russell Tait. He thanked everyone involved for their hard work, but claimed they needed to be realistic and cancel the event.

Vicky Lowry, general manager, added “we’d like to thank all the suppliers, artists, staff and volunteers who have worked so hard over the past three years to make Play on the Plains the wonderful party it’s been”.

2023 would have been Play on the Plains’ third installment. The lineup included Jessica Mauboy, King Stingray, Northeast Party House, Alex Lahey and Carp Factory. In the past, the festival featured artists like Amy Shark, Spacey Jane, Ruby Fields and SKEGGS. “Hopefully,” Vicky Lowry said in her statement, “we’ll be able to play again sometime down the track”. 

Organisers have assured ticket holders that they will be contacted directly and receive a full refund.