Public Enemy are set to headline next year’s Golden Plains festival, March 8 – 10, at the Meredith Supernatural Ampitheare, 90 kilometres due west of Melbourne. The line-up also includes local and international acts across a variety of genres.
Internationals announced so far include American singer/songwriter Neko Case, Yo La Tengo (who have just played at the Melbourne Festival), rapper and producer Flying Lotus (Steven Ellison), Japanese funksters Osaka Monaurail, Spanish band Los Coronas, Charles Bradley, New Zealand’s Fat Freddy’s Drop.
The local contingent includes You Am I, Adalita, The Drones, Cut Copy, Chet Faker, Seekae, Hiatus Kaiyote, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, the Orbweavers and the Cosmic Psychos, (who are the subject of the acclaimed documentary film Blokes You Can Trust which recently showed at festivals in Australia and the USA and is due for DVD release in December).
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Meanwhile, organisers of Homebake, which has been held in Sydney’s Domain since 1998 have announced that this year’s event has been cancelled. Acts set to play the festival on the first weekend in December included former Powderfinger frontman Bernard Fanning, Paul Kelly, Gurrurmul Yunupingu and The Presets.
Organisers have issued a statement saying that the 2013 event ‘has proven to be a difficult beast to produce and promote due to scheduling issues with our ancestral home at the Domain.’
The statement goes on to blame the Harvest Festival festival which was due to take place in the same location two weeks earlier. Because of the scheduling issues, Homebake had been reconfigured and relocated to the Sydney Opera House over three days; however, ticket sales had been slow and, according to organisers, ‘the traditional Homebake fans’ rejected this change.
Though the Harvest Festival itself was eventually cancelled organisers claim that it was ‘simply too late’ to revert to the Domain venue.
Harvest promoter AJ Maddah has rejected the Homebake Festival organisers’ claim that Harvest was partly responsible for the cancellation of Homebake. Speaking in today’s Sydney Morning Herald Maddah said: “This is lamest excuse I’ve heard for a festival cancellation and I’ve had a few lame ones myself.”
Other recent festival cancellations include Harvest, Movement and Pyramid Rock.
Full refunds will be automatically administered by the Sydney Opera House Box Office (Ph: 02 9250 7777). Oztix ticket buyers should contact Oztix direct on 1300 762 545 or via email at http://tickets.oztix.com.au/contactus.aspx.