Due to the predicted weather forecast and bushfire alerts for Monday December 30th, the decision has been made to cancel the remaining days of The Falls Festival in Lorne.
Falls events in Byron, Marion Bay and Fremantle are unaffected.
The Otways and surrounding region are expected to be extreme weather conditions, creating a risk to health and safety due to potential fires, smoke, severe winds and tree hazards. The decision has not been made lightly, and patron and staff safety is the main priority.
Whilst this will be an absolute bummer for those who were planning on attending, it is good to see the festival organisers making the hard decision based on what is right for the safety of everyone involved, as lives and safety should come first.
Respect to Secret Sounds on doing the right thing and for all involved.
For those 9,000 currently staying onsite the organisers have asked that they calmly pack up their campsites and return to their place of origin.
Gates to the event site will close at 9 am on December 30th.
All traffic will exit via Mt Sabine and Deans Marsh Rds onto the Princes Highway. The Great Ocean road is at capacity, so don’t return into Lorne or other coastal townships as they are all subject to the same extreme weather conditions. Do not look to camp in the Otways or any forested area, as the fire risk is extreme and there are forecast wind gusts of 90 – 100km per hour with possible lightning.
Food, medical and sanitary facilities will remain open all day today December 29, however music and bars will not be operating.
For those driving to the festival, return home or seek temporary accommodation with family or friends. An Information centre will be set up in Geelong, please check fallsfestival.com for updates over the coming hours.
All ticket purchasers to the Lorne 2019 event will receive a full refund including booking and payment processing fees.
Refunds will be processed from 9am Monday 30 back to the original purchasers credit card used to buy the tickets. If this card is no longer a valid credit card, moshtix will be in touch within 5 working days if they unable to process your refund. For any questions relating to your Lorne ticket purchase, please contact moshtix directly https://tixsupport.moshtix.com.au/