Australia’s first fan-funded heavy music festival, Legion Music Fest, has decided to change the dates of the debut festival to January 2017 Australia Day weekend, after extended discussions with industry partners, bands and the Legion Fan council, John Sankey and the Legion Music Fest team.
“We did everything in our power to make Legion happen this year but, given a couple of hurdles that we’ve had to face over the last few weeks, we made the positive decision that it’s in everyone’s best interest that we do this in a way that’s as sustainable as possible”, John Sankey said.
“Not to mention that the Australia Day weekend has always been home to Australia’s most successful and long running festivals and we love the idea of honouring that memory and establishing something that can stand the test of time”, he added.
The main reasons for the decision included hesitation from international headliners because of the troublesome history of heavy music festivals, venue issues, council permits and tight visa application turnarounds.
In the wake of the date change, organisers are now in negotiations with several major international headliners that are much more comfortable to committing to the lineup now that they have adequate time to prepare.
The added time also gives more opportunity to inject real diversity to the line up in year one with a number of Punk, Hardcore and Rock acts expected to join the line up.
“Considering we haven’t announced any headliners yet and have already seen such huge support from the community, we’ve decided that we really need to spend the right amount of time to amp this up and give the artists and the fans the best festival that Australia has ever seen”, said Sankey.
The festival will proceed in 2017 and include 3 major east coast open air shows, plus, as planned two mini-festival club shows in Perth and Adelaide. The dates have been included before, with venues to be announced. A Pozible campaign will be re-launched in advance of the event, adding 60 days to the campaign period. Keep your eyes out for more details on their official website.
JAN 21, 2017: PERTH
JAN 22, 2017: ADELAIDE
JAN 26, 2017: MELBOURNE
JAN 28, 2017: SYDNEY
JAN 29, 2017: BRISBANE