New festival Secret Valley has been cancelled

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UPDATE: Secret Valley festival has now been officially cancelled. A Facebook post on the festival page earlier today confirmed the cancellation of the events in NSW and Victoria, writing that “despite our very best efforts, a lack of demand from concert goers for these events has left us with no choice but to rethink our approach to these events. Refunds will be provided to ticket purchasers at the point of sale.” Headline act Leftfield will now play shows in Melbourne on Sunday 21 February at 170 Russell,  the following night at Sydney’s Metro Theatre and a previously announced set at the Perth Festival.

The Secret Valley festival was scheduled to debut at Yarra Valley Estate in Victoria and Calais Estate in New South Wales in a few weeks, but it now appears likely that the event will be cancelled.

A representative from the Yarra Valley Estate has told theMusic that the event will no longer take place at the venue on February 20 and 21, while the Calais Estate has also confirmed that changes are may be announced for the NSW leg of the festival.

Tickets for both events are still on sale – including VIP glamping packages at $1512 per twin share – but fans on the festival’s Facebook page are worried by the lack of detail provided by the promoters and have been calling for refunds.

The festival presented by Live Industry was set to host a headline set from Leftfield, who are touring their first album since 1999, Alternative Light Source, which features collaborations with Sleaford Mods, Channy Leaneagh of Poliça and TV On The Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe. Leftfield are also locked in for a set at the Perth Festival on Tuesday 23 February, and the band’s management has told theMusic that they plan to announce shows in Sydney and Melbourne very soon.

Other acts on the Secret Valley festival bill include London acid jazz crew Brand New Heavies, French producer Rone, Sydney singer Thandi Phoenix, and hip-hop soul duo Jones Jnr. The promoter Sam Speaight has also touted the festival’s other features as including room-serviced glamping options, a tipi yoga zone, tennis, wildlife tours, wine tasting, yoga sessions, champagne breakfasts and pop-up cuisine from “executive chefs”.