New Beginnings cancelled due to “shocking ticket sales”

The New Beginnings festival promised “music; merriment; magic; madness and mind-blowing memories” with an ecclectic lineup that included Euro-dance cheeseball stars Vengaboys, Mississippi garage two piece Bass Drum Of Death and a stack of locals including Hungry Kids Of Hungry, Bleeding Knees Club and Loon Lake.

The promoters were hoping that 3000 punters would turn up dressed as zombies for the “apocolyptic disco” themed party, but after “shocking ticket sales” they have been forced to cancel the event. The undead remains of the festival can still be enjoyed at three replacement gigs to be held on 14th of January.

A post from the New Beginnings promoters on the festival’s Facebook wall made the announcement last Friday – “I am sorry to tell you that we have cancelled New Beginnings… it is a sad day for us here and we hope we don’t cause to much inconvenience for people planning on attending. Thank you to everyone involved to try and make it happen and all the acts.

The promoters later replied to comments from festival punters to explain that the cancellation was due to “lack of ticket sales… shocking ticket sales actually… festivals are dying and we unfortunately have to follow so many other festivals and cancel. The festival market is to saturated and there simply isn’t room for this event until the market settles itself – maybe it will be revived in a few years time. Thank you to everyone who did support the event and who have purchased a ticket. A full refund is available from your point of purchase. I am sorry to everyone we couldn’t make this event work… sad sad day!”

Cancelled New Beginnings lineup:


Grafton Primary

Hungry Kids Of Hungry

Matt McHugh (The Beautiful Girls)

Peter Combe & The Newspaper Mama Band

The Only

Dallas Frasca

Bleeding Knees Club

Bass Drum Of Death


Loon Lake


Glass Towers




Ebb N Flo

Kamikaze Thundercats

Lime Coridale

Rubix Cuba

Heartbreak Club

The Herbs (Spice Girls Tribute)

New Beginnings replacement shows

Three New Beginnings replacement shows have been announced – all on the 14th of January.

Vengaboys, The Herbs, hot Cop, Glass Towers, Ruggs – Panthers Newcastle

Hungry Kids Of Hungry, Bleeding Knees Club, Nantes, Millions, Toucan – Level One, Newcastle Leagues Club

Grafton Primary, San Cisco, Ellesquire, The Only, Rufus, Dalis angels, Life on Earth, Elliot the Bull – Beachcomber Hotel, Toukley