It’s official: Stereosonic will not return in 2016

Stereosonic’s parent company SFX have confirmed that the festival “will not return” in 2016.

In a statement provided to inthemix this morning, an SFX spokesperson confirmed reports that we won’t see the dance festival this summer – but they say it isn’t gone for good. “Totem OneLove Group is currently working on bringing Stereosonic fans the best festival experience possible,” they told inthemix. “As part of this, Stereosonic is taking a hiatus during 2016 and will return in 2017 bigger and better than before.”

That same statement has now been posted to the Stereosonic Facebook page.

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News that Stereosonic might not return for 2016 first broke last night, when The Daily Telegraph reported that they understood the festival had been “binned permanently”.

Earlier this year, SFX filed for a Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the U.S. but Stereosonic founders told inthemix that they weren’t affected by the financial restructure.

Last year, Stereosonic came under public scrutiny after a pair drug-related deaths at its 2015 events. In an interview with inthemix, founder Richie McNeill said that promoters are already doing all they can to make festivals a safe space. “All of the major promoters go over and above the call of duty to provide a safe environment, and just because people are making bad choices as individuals we are seen as the bad guys,” he said. “There’s not much more we can do that we aren’t already doing.”

Stereosonic began in 2007 in Melbourne, expanding to become a five-city national event two years later. Over the course of its nine-year history, the event has played host to a rollcall of superstar DJs, from mainstage heroes like David Guetta, Tiesto and Calvin Harris through to house and techno stars Carl Cox and Nina Kraviz.

The 2015 Stereosonic line-up was headlined by Armin van Buuren and Major Lazer.

Katie Cunningham is one of the Editors of inthemix. She is on Twitter.