Troubled Disconnect music festival cancelled amid ongoing payment claims

American artist Father John Misty performing at Disconnect festival 2015. Photo: Daniel Grant.

American artist Father John Misty performing at Disconnect festival 2015. Photo: Daniel Grant.

The second leg of Fairbridge's Disconnect Festival, which has been under fire since last year over the late payment of artists and crew, has been quietly cancelled.

The cancellation of the second year of the event – which was set to descend on Fairbridge Village on Friday December 2, featuring international artists Chairlift, Japandroids, Band of Skulls and more – was announced on the Disconnect Festival Facebook page Wednesday night.

“Due to unforeseen circumstances that are completely out of our control, we regretfully announce that Disconnect festival is being cancelled,” the post announced.

“Ticket Booth our ticketing platform has advised us that all ticket holders will be contacted by ticket booth, via email and will be refunded within the next 10 days.

“It is our understanding that the refund will be deposited directly into the account that the tickets were purchased from.”

Disconnect Festival had faced controversy since its inaugural 2015 event, with various artists, crew and support staff detailing their attempts to be paid four months after the festival.

At the time of writing, a dispute between Disconnect’s organisers Spring Fever Promotions and South West production and logistics company Rockwest over payment for the festival was believed to be still ongoing.

No word on the future of Disconnect Festival has so far been released.

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