The Grass is Greener music festival cancels Geelong and Canberra events for 2022.
Highly-anticipated festival, The Grass is Greener, which was set to make its Canberra debut this weekend (October 23), before making its way to Geelong (October 30), has been cancelled. Over the past week, reports have surfaced regarding a number of acts dropping out of the festival line-up.
However, according to a spokesperson for the event, this factor was not the only reason that organisers decided to axe the festival in Canberra and Geelong. More so, it was due to a “culmination of multiple elements that have affected not only us but our industry partners and siblings across the entire event industry in the COVID/post-lockdown period.”
The spokesperson continued: “After a successful 2021 campaign in Cairns, Townsville, Toowoomba, Mackay and Gladstone, we were excited to finally take TGIG to other states and expand nationally. Like many others, we expected purchasing behaviour to return to pre-pandemic levels, curating a line-up that we felt our loyal customers deserved. In that time, there have been staggering, exponential cost increases across the board – from staging, production and site infrastructure to security, portable toilets and more.”
They added, “we’ve been running large-scale events for seven years and have not – during this time – seen such sharp increases within such a short period. This has drastically affected our planning to an unprecedented degree.”
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Over the course of six years, The Grass is Greener festival has become one of the most popular music events in Australia, and had announced plans to host a stellar line-up of local and international acts. Taking to Instagram earlier this week, event organisers revealed the sad news to ticket holders of the Canberra and Geelong festivals.
“With intense sadness, we announce that Canberra (Sunday 23/10/22) and Geelong (Sunday 30/10/22) legs of The Grass is Greener are cancelled,” the announcement read.