‘YesFest’ Marriage Equality Benefit Concert Has Been Cancelled


The LiveAid-style “YesFest” concert planned in Sydney on Sunday, October 29 has sadly been cancelled.

The concert was set to feature performances from rocker Jimmy Barnes, Client Liaison, Flight Facilities, Megan Washington, and Killing Heidi.

Organisers said in a statement: “YesFest was an ambitious project to pull off in a short amount of time. Unfortunately, we have decided to cancel the festival due to a number of unforeseen circumstances.

“The event was designed to encourage all Australians to return their YES vote. The support this received from young Aussies and artists shows that even without the event the call for YES has been heard.

“YesFest would like to thank everyone for their amazing support and passion – from the artists, the brands, the partners and the venues that have been so dedicated to the cause.”

Organiser Jonno Seidler said it had become clear the event was “in real trouble over the last 72 hours” and said a range of issues, including poor ticket sales and issues with corporate sponsorship, were behind the cancellation.

Ticketmaster said ticketholders were now receiving refunds.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has urged all eligible voters to mail their postal survey forms by October 27, to ensure the votes are received before the deadline of November 7.

Don’t put away the rainbow flags, because rallies around the country this Saturday and Sunday will keep up the momentum for the “yes” campaign.

Supporters will gather in Brisbane’s Queens Park on Saturday from 1pm for a loud and proud rally and march through the CBD.

Marriage equality supporters will also rally in Sydney on Saturday, and in Melbourne, Adelaide and Canberra on Sunday.

Following the Melbourne march, a concert headlined by Spiderbait, Tim Campbell, Greg Gould and drag queen Dolly Diamond will be held in the city’s Alexandra Gardens.

In Tasmania, local musicians will gather at Hobart’s Hotel SOHO this Saturday night for the “Tas Musos for Marriage Equality” gig, featuring local punk rock band Luca Brasi, Pat Broxton of The Sleepyheads and Kat Edwards. More details here.

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