The Bureau was a new addition to the music festival calendar for Melbourne in 2015 and was scheduled to make its debut next Friday at the Sidney Myer Music, but the event has now been postponed until March next year and moved to a more “intimate” venue.
The festival had been billed as “Melbourne’s biggest end-of-year break-up party” and was set to be headlined Motown icons The Temptations featuring the group’s one surviving original member, Otis Williams. Other acts on the bill included soul hero Charles Bradley, ‘90s dance crew C+C Music Factory, and local acts including Saskwatch, Psuedo Echo, and Andy Bull.
Ticket had been heavily discounted earlier this week with LastTix dropping the price for general passes from $89 to less than $50 and slashing prices for access to the VIP Marquee from $240 to just $99. The festival had also had issues with its lineup, dropping hip-hop crew Salt N Pepa from the bill just days after announcing their booking in September.
But despite the problem with ticket sales and the lineup, the promoters – Dagger Wolf Bureau – say that the festival has been postponed “due to an unconfirmed deal with Sidney Myer Music Bowl. According to a post on the venue’s website, all ticket holders will recieve a full refund.
Neither The Temptations or Charles Bradley have any other Australian tour dates on their schedules, but C+C Music Factory have already rescheduled their dates and will head our way in March to perform at the ‘90s Dance Mania festival alongside Snap, Corona and Culture Beat.
Photo via The Bureau’s Instagram