Australia's Rewind festival cancelled
Published Oct 18 2011, 05:19 BST | By Rebecca Davies
Australian music festival Rewind has been cancelled.
Fans were recently outraged when organisers of the '80s-themed event relocated the festival from Woolongong to Sydney's Hordern Pavilion, blaming predicted bad weather, but inside sources have claimed that poor ticket sales prompted the move.
Organisers have now revealed, however, that the event will not go ahead and all those due to attend will get their money back. A message on the festival's official website
read: "Rewind [is] cancelled. Please contact your ticket agent for a refund."
A full statement from organisers is expected to follow in due course. All posts on the festival's official Facebook page have also been cleared.
The festival dropped headline acts Human League, Sister Sledge and Kool and the Gang from the lineup last week without warning, refusing to refund any tickets afterwards.
Bananarama then announced that they would not be appearing. Human League later pulled out of their entire Australian tour, claiming that Rewind's promoters had failed to book visas for them.
ABC, Tony Hadley
and Go West, who were all scheduled to perform at Rewind, have promised fans that they will still be honouring their Melbourne tour commitments. ABC will perform in Shoppingtown Doncaster on October 27, the Chelsea Heights Hotel on October 28 and the Commercial Hotel South Morang on October 29.
Spandau Ballet singer Tony Hadley and Go West will play at the Commercial Hotel on October 27, Shoppingtown Hotel Doncaster on October 28 and the Chelsea Heights Hotel on October 29.
Oter acts who were due to perform at Rewind included Kim Wilde, Nik Kershaw, Cutting Crew and Right Said Fred.
Australia's Soundwave festival was recently downsized
after a slump in ticket sales.