Whitsunday Calling is cancelled
UPDATE: WHITSUNDAY Tickets has been advised by the Whitsunday Calling event organisers, that they have regretfully cancelled the music festival, scheduled for October 5 and 6.
Whitsunday Tickets confirms that all ticket purchasers will be refunded.
UPDATE: FRUSTRATED ticket holders who were planning on spending their weekend at the now cancelled Whitsunday Calling music festival have vented their disappointment on the festival's Facebook page.
"We were let down by the company supplying the P.A. system and despite our best efforts to source a replacement supplier, no equipment was available to the standard expected by these international bands at such short notice," the organisers posted.
Other sponsors involved in the festival have refused to comment.
EARLIER: THE Whitsunday Calling music festival was cancelled via an announcement on the event's Facebook page at 5.30pm.
"This is the post we hoped we would never have to do: it is with deep sadness and regret that we have to announce that the Whitsunday Calling Music Festival has been cancelled," organisers wrote.
Organisers are assuring ticket holders they will receive a refund via the ticketing website.
"We are devastated as we passionately wanted this event to be a success but due to circumstances beyond our control it was not to be," they said.
Gates to the two-day music and camping festival on a private block on the corner of Gregory Cannon Valley and Richardson Roads were scheduled to officially open on Saturday, October 5, at 7am.
Campers reportedly began arriving on site today.
A full statement from the festival organisers is expected over the coming days.
Whitsunday Calling is a separate event to the Airlie Beach Music Festival.
This three-day event in November, spread across a variety of venues in Airlie Beach and featuring 74 bands, will still go ahead as planned.