Calling the cancellation an example of the government’s “war on drugs,” the Mountain Sounds
In 2019, despite our continued proactive harm
minimisationmeasures (and having lessattendees than the year before), we were told we would have to pay an additional upfront amount of approximately $200,000 for 45 user pay police on a 24 hourcycle. This came one week out from the festival and blindsided us as we were quoted for 11 user pay police on the 18th of January.
The post further explained that the excessive costs and additional requirements have left the
In late January, Mountain Sounds reduced the number of its stages, as well as cut down its featured artist line-up by at least 20 acts. The reduction was made to accommodate the safety, security, and licensing requirements and costs the authorities imposed on them.
Mountain Sounds has claimed on its Facebook post that safety has always been of “the utmost importance” to the organisers and that they have always considered their relationship with the local police to be “a positive one.”
The organisers further noted that in 2018, only 49 drug detections were made out of the 16,000 people who have attended the doof.
The NSW Police, however, denied that it has been putting pressure on Mountain Sounds through its restrictions. According to a statement, the Mountain Sounds organisers scrapped the event for financial reasons, and that “at no time did police or government direct the organisers to cancel the event.”
Meanwhile, punters who have already bought tickets to the festival’s 2019 iteration are waiting on word on whether they’ll get refunds.