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Wipe out! Another festivalfalls after just one year

The Kangaroo Island Surf and Music Festival has been scrapped after just one year suffering an estimated half a million dollar cost blowout, according to The Advertiser. Obviously Matt Moran, Sophie Falkiner and Shannon Noll just didn’t send out enough tweets about the festival...

The inaugural five event in November last year saw about 4000 people head to Kangaroo Island to watch the surf carnival and sets from Eskimo Joe, The Beautiful Girls, Ash Grunwald, The Holidays, Hungry Kids Of Hungary, Van She, Big Scary, Mat McHugh, Poetikool Justice, and The Salvadors.

In February, the State Government reportedly provided $300,000 in sponsorship to Surfing SA which managed the event, and later chipped in an extra $400,000 to ensure that local businesses involved in staging the festival were paid.

Surfing SA has now confirmed that the event, which was the first time South Australia had hosted an ASP World Tour surfing competition, will not be held again this year. However South Australian Tourism Minister Gail Gago has issued a statement to The Advertiser claiming that “A review into the viability of a similar event in the future has been undertaken which the Government will be considering”.

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bigval

bigval said on the 22nd Aug, 2012

THE costly Kangaroo Island Surf and Music Festival has been scrapped after just one year.

The inaugural event last November suffered an estimated $500,000 cost blowout and divided the community amid concerns for local wildlife.

In February, it was reported the State Government initially provided $300,000 in sponsorship to Surfing SA which managed the event, and later tipped in an extra $400,000 to ensure local businesses involved in staging the festival were paid.

The future of the event had been in jeopardy ever since, and Surfing SA this week confirmed it would not go ahead in 2012.

http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/kangaroo-island-surf-and-music-festival-axed-after-500000-blowout/story-e6frea83-1226455551619

I can't remember the bill but pretty sure Eskimo Joe played on it last year.

nos235

nos235 said on the 22nd Aug, 2012

Logistically it was always going to struggle given the ferry capacity.

hellboy1975

hellboy1975 said on the 23rd Aug, 2012

4000 seems like a reasonable number for a country festival, I guess the logistics of getting a festival to work on an island where there's a relatively expensive ferry ride to get to were a little more than anticipated.

Piko

Piko said on the 23rd Aug, 2012

Like ATP on Cockatoo island?

nos235

nos235 said on the 23rd Aug, 2012

Not quite the same. Cockatoo Island is in Sydney harbour. Kangaroo Island is a 20km Ferry trip and the ferry leaves from Cape Jervis which is 80km south of Adelaide. The ferry is a car ferry as well, not a passenger only ferry.

Megan23

Megan23 said on the 23rd Aug, 2012

this is devastating. the ki festival was amazing last year and i would be willing to pay more this year just to see it survive. perhaps the timing could be better placed, as it was right smack in the middle of year 12 exams and a week before uni exams. either way, it's meant to be my birthday present so i'm heartbroken!!

DinkiDIDude

DinkiDIDude said on the 23rd Aug, 2012

really really sucks, although I can understand the locals concerns in regard to the environmental impact in this particular situation, this is a concept which looks like it could grow into something both worthwhile and profitable in the future.....I could see something similar to this going nuts in Wollongong or Torquay