Boutique Victorian festival forced to cancel weeks out from event
Organisers of the boutique, regional Victorian festival Inca Roads have had to cancel the 2015 event, only weeks out from the festival taking place.
Inca Roads founder Daniel Camilleri made the “devastating” announcement this afternoon, citing lack of sales and ongoing issues with the council and VCAT as the reason for the cancellation. “We have not received enough interest from membership sales for the 2015 festival or the not-for-profit organisation to continue into the future,” he said via a statement released to the media. “This is extremely saddening. For our team, you the bands, the people who have supported Inca and made it their favourite little festival. Ultimately we do this for the love of it, as volunteers, solely to provide an incredible weekend of Australian and Melbourne music for those people that care.”
“We have been through a huge set of challenges over the last four years including but not limited to, after 10 months council not making a decision on the permit in 2013, council approving the permit but objectors taking us to VCAT, beating the crap out of the objectors and running the 2013 event with huge success, council knocking us back in 2014 after we had organised the whole event, postponing and moving to a new location for 2015, getting ready for approval for the 2015 permit and now this.”
Camilleri started the festival with a few friends back in 2010. Held on his “Nonno Frank’s” farm near Ballarat in Victoria, the event had evolved into a unique not-for-profit event that sought to celebrate Melbourne’s creative community. With a capacity of 650 people tickets to the festival cost $144 including two nights of camping and BYO drinks. The 2015 event was set to take place from March 20-22 and featured The Harpoons, The Cactus Channel, Scotdrakula on the lineup.
Refunds to the event will be issued this Friday.