Mission To Launch cancelled

Canberra’s New Year’s Eve festival Mission To Launch has been cancelled due to “poor ticket sales.”

The inaugural event was set to take place on December 31st at Weston park in the country’s capital and featured a predominantly Australian lineup that included, The Living End, Sneaky Sound System, The Beautiful Girls and Cloud Control.

In their full statement the promoter has said:

“The decision has been a very difficult one for organisers who, as Canberra locals themselves, envisaged bringing a world-class party to the nation’s capital for New Year’s Eve. Unfortunately, the current economic climate has seen music festivals across the country suffer with drops in numbers of attendees and poor ticket sales on a large scale. Mission To Launch has unfortunately suffered the same fate.

The festival was a bold and unique business venture designed for Canberra – an idea initiated by local businessmen and activated 18 months ago when the event market was more resilient. Ticket holders are entitled to a full refund from the point of purchase. Contact your ticketing agency for more details.”

The cancellation comes a month after Canberra’s longest running festival, Stonefest, had to dramatically scale back this year’s event by dropping most of the bands on the bill. And it comes at the tail end of a difficult year for festival promoters that has seen numerous major events effected by a drop in ticket purchases.

2011 has seen reggae festival Ragamuffin and Perth’s One Movement For Music defer their events, regional music event Funk N Grooves pull the plug, Good Vibrations take a year off, Great Southern Blues Festival cancel due to “unsatisfactory ticket sales”, Brisbane’s New Year’s festival Sunset Sounds quietly disappear, Soundwave Revolution call it quits before it got a chance to begin and even the Big Day Out scale back its events in Adelaide and Perth.