THERE will be no 10th birthday celebrations for Pyramid Rock Festival this summer, with the promoter yesterday announcing the event’s cancellation. Angus Cameron, director of Inversion Productions, the company behind the festival since its humble beginnings in 2004, said in a statement that “tough economic conditions” in recent years has made the festival unviable.
The festival’s website has not been updated since late last year and its Facebook page hasn’t received an official post since early January.
Details and first line-up announcements have usually been made in August or early September. While the news will no doubt throw the New Year’s plans of some music lovers into disarray, Angus stated that it may only be a one-year hiatus. “Options will be explored for the festival to return on a permanent basis in 2014,” he said.
Since starting with a small line-up of Aussie artists including Regurgitator and Magic Dirt in 2004, Pyramid Rock Festival evolved into one of Victoria’s biggest multi-day camping festivals, hosting a vast range of local and international artists. At its peak, the festival was selling out in advance, with around 16,000 people making the pilgrimage to the Phillip Island site. Last year, the event attracted only 3500. It was the first year entry was restricted to punters aged 18 and over.