After a frantic 24 hours trying to secure a new venue for Falls Festival Lorne as fires continue to rip through Victoria, event organisers have managed to SOS at the last minute.
The kind folks over at A Day On The Green have offered up their Mount Duneed Estate in Geelong, just north of Torquay, in a one off site handover.
A statement reads:
“First and most importantly, our hearts and thoughts are with our neighbours and local communities in the Lorne area who continue to deal with this heartbreaking situation. The safety of our patrons is always our number one concern, and our discussions have directed us to a new home and Falls experience for the year.”
“The team at Falls will deliver an outstanding event for all of our ticket holders attending. We’d love to thank the Surf Coast Shire and Geelong Councils, emergency services for their ongoing support of the festival, the guys at Mount Duneed Estate, including their neighbours and to all of you – our patrons – who have been very supportive and patient throughout this difficult process.”
Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley said:
“This is about people’s safety and that was the focus in coming to the decision to relocate the festival.
“The Falls Festival organisers were engaged from the beginning and have respected the expert safety advice given to them that has prompted the need to relocate the event.”