It’s been a shocker few months for music festivals in Australia, but this news is just the kicker.

Southbound festival in WA has officially been cancelled for 2016 as of early this morning, due to bushfires in the surrounding areas of Waroona, Preston Beach and Harvey causing significant road closures and posing too much of a danger to punters.

“Everyone on site is absolutely devastated as we were working so hard to bring the best Southbound yet,” said festival director David Chitty in a statement. “Please understand at this time we will be extremely busy dealing with the cancellation and our thoughts are with those in danger due to the nearby fire.”

Festival organisers had been working closely with the West Australian Police, Main Roads Department and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services after both main highways to the festival site were closed due to bushfires, but with the only alternative route being closed off, they had “no option but to cancel this year’s event. We cannot compromise patron safety and proceed knowing people’s lives are at risk getting to the event.”

Full refunds will be issued, with info regarding this process being released on Wednesday 13th January (we’ll keep you posted). Go HERE for a full list of road closures in the area.

URGENT: SOUTHBOUND 2016 CANCELLEDIt is with great regret that we have to announce the cancellation of Southbound 2016,…

Posted by Southbound on Thursday, 7 January 2016

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