By That Festival Site | 15 September, 2023
Regrettably, THIS THAT festival will not grace our calendars in 2023. Originally set to embark on a two-date festival tour, promising musical delight in Sandstone Point, Queensland, and Newcastle, New South Wales, during the first two weekends of November, the event has faced an untimely cancellation. The festival boasted a stellar lineup, featuring the likes of US songwriter and producer Porter Robinson alongside local favorites such as Gang Of Youths, Peking Duk, and Alex Lahey.
In an official statement shared across social media channels, the festival organizers expressed their deep regret over this "difficult decision." They attributed the cancellation to the "challenging economic conditions" that have cast a shadow over the event's viability. Amid these economic challenges, various critical aspects were impacted, leading to doubts about their ability to deliver the cherished "THIS THAT experience" that festival-goers have come to cherish and expect.
For those who had eagerly purchased tickets, rest assured that refunds will be processed. Oztix, the official ticketing platform, will be handling the refund procedure, and ticket holders should keep an eye on their email inboxes for further updates from THIS THAT regarding the refund process.
It's worth noting that THIS THAT also faced a cancellation in 2022, citing reasons such as market saturation, supply chain disruptions, labour shortages, economic difficulties including rising insurance premiums and infrastructure expenses, and the anticipation of ongoing extreme weather conditions. While the 2022 cancellation offered the promise of a comeback in 2023, no such assurances have been made for 2024, leaving festival enthusiasts eagerly awaiting updates for future editions.