MS Fest Tasmania Cancelled

Posted: February 28, 2012 in Tasmania


MS Fest has been running Tasmania since 2006 hosting bands including The Presets, The Living End, Parkway Drive and Silverchair, but this year’s show has been cancelled due to poor ticket sales. The show had been scheduled to be held this weekend on Saturday 3rd March at the TCA Grounds in Hobart.

The charity event had been held in Launceston for the past six years and drew 14,000 punters to see Parkway Drive, Eskimo Joe and Evermore last year, but a forced venue change to Hobart and a bad weather forecast have hurt ticket sales.  The venue change had been forced by the arrival of a new Tasmanian festival – Breath of Life – which is set to launch in Launceston in two week’s time boasting a lineup including the Hilltop Hoods, The Living End, Boy and Bear and Skrillex. Breath of Life will raise awareness and funds for the Australian Lung Foundation and has been organised by former MS Fest organisers Clint Pease and Stacy File.

MS Society CEO Dale Eastley told The Mercury that “MS Fest lost Fat Freddy’s Drop due to illness and last week we were advised that a member of Little Red had been involved in an accident that would prevent their appearance.” Matt Corby had also bailed on appearing at the festival.

Mr Eastley also told that ticket sales for MS Fest were “not good, they had picked up in the last couple of weeks but it wasn’t enough for a major event at the TCA and we didn’t want to put on something that would make it look as if there wasn’t enough people there. There has been a lot of effort put into this exercise and I think we’re probably, in some respects, a bit of a victim of the economic circumstances but if people don’t translate words into action we’ve got to make responsible decisions so that we don’t compromise the services we provide to people with MS.”

The planned mini-festivals have also been cancelled. A statement from the festival says that We were working toward two separate Mini-festival shows to be staged at Princes Wharf 1 on March 3. This option is however not going to work given the short timeframe… We were relying on significant numbers of gate sales on the day but, to make matters worse, the forecast for the end of this week indicates wet weather putting last minute ticket sales at risk. The cost of an outdoor, multi-stage festival is enormous. MS TAS cannot risk the crucial services it provides to the Tasmania community by going ahead with either event as planned”

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