Despite last week confirming that they’d gained official approval and licensing from local council, Weekend Vines, the proverbial weekend long afterparty to the Wee Waa global launch of Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories has run into serious issues that have led to its cancellation.

The two-day camping festival held at the Seplin Estate Winery was to feature a host of local and international DJs, licensed food and beverages, and the opportunity to bask in the afterglow of hearing the new Daft Punk album for the first time ever during its worldwide launch at the rural NSW town of Wee Waa on Friday 17th May.

A post announcing the cancellation of Weekend Vines on the festival’s Facebook page reads:


We regret to inform everyone that due to unforeseen circumstances outside our control, we are forced to cancel the Weekend Vines festival in Wee Waa.

We have worked extremely hard on this project for the last 3 weeks but we were told one thing and then another a number of times. In light of this new information we have no choice but to cancel. We hung our balls out there, but unfortunately on this occasion it just wasn’t meant to be.

We are extremely sorry for all those that made plans to come to the festival and for those that have bought tickets. Ticket holders will be notified shortly and refunds issued.

Please email us on [email protected] if you have any questions.

Comments from organisers Yaldi Boomtime! further explain that it was the red tape of licensing, and the slow processing times of local boards, that led to the decision to can the two-day festival. “The license of the winery does not extend to the entire site, as initially proposed,” they write. “A license extension would be required for any site in the area. It takes weeks for the licensing board to process the license.”

“Same goes for BYO license I’m afraid,” they replied to another concerned commenter, “any change to out current license application requires a new application. There just isn’t enough time at this stage. We are mega gutted…”

Just last week, tickets for the event went on sale following confirmation that their application   to the Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing (OLGR) for extended trading hours has been processed.

“We are very excited to have received the go-ahead from the mayor and the town and can’t wait to revel amongst the vines with thousands of other Daft Punk fans,” festival co-organiser Reuben Coppa told Tone Deaf following the news, adding that organisers had been given approval for the Seplin Estate Winery’s licensing hours and were seeking extended hours approval, but would be going ahead with Weekend Vines regardless. “There were two aspects to the approval. The DA from the council, and the extended trading license from OLGR.” – Reuben Coppa, Weekend Vines

“There were two aspects to the approval. The DA from the council, and the extended trading license from OLGR. The extended trading license is currently being processed and we have been told by OLGR that all is in order and it was due to be put up on the town noticeboard yesterday,” Mr Coppa said last week. “Regardless Seplin Estate Wines is going to be the place to be after the Daft Punk Album launch.”

Unfortunately, that’s not the case anymore, and punters who’d purchased their $120 ticket will be refunded, and no doubt disappointed to be missing out on a line that included Glaswegian DJ Marvin Roland, Crease, French DJ Olibusta, Mr Pyz, Pocock along with CC: DISCO!, Pablo J and the Lobsterettes, and This Is Disco.

Weekend Vines was to take place from Friday 17th May to Sunday 19th May to coincide with the global launch of Daft Punk’s hugely hyped new album Random Access Memories, being premiered globally as part of the annual Wee Waa Show.

As for what lucky golden ticket holders can expect when they head to the Wee Waa show to hear the Parisian pair’s latest opus, Daft Punk recently gave a French website a track-by-track rundown of Random Access Memories. A more detailed description of the new record that complements the drip-feed of information provided by the ongoing making-of video series, The Collaborators.

So far the interviews have focused on Giorgio MoroderTodd EdwardsNile Rodgers, Pharrell WilliamsPanda Bear from Animal Collective, and most recently, Grammy-nominated pianist and songwriter Chilly Gonzales.

Meanwhile ‘Get Lucky’, the Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers featuring lead single from Random Access Memories, sky-rocketed Daft Punk to the top of the ARIA Singles Chart this week, making them the first French group to score an Aussie #1 in the process.

You can pre-order Random Access Memories on CD & vinyl here, read Daft Punk’s own track-by-track run down here, and view the album art and tracklist below:

Random Access Memories tracklist
Album line-up:
1- Nile Rodgers (Guitar), Paul Jackson, Jr. (Guitar) – 4:34
2- Instrumental – 5:21
3- Giorgio Moroder (Synth) – 9:04
4- Chilly Gonzales (Piano) – 3:48
5- Julian Casablancas (Vocals) – 5:37
6- Nile Rodgers (Guitar), Pharrell Williams (Vocals) – 5:53
7- Paul WIlliams (Vocals and Lyrics) – 8:18
8- Nile Rodgers (Guitar), Pharrel Williams (Vocals) – 6:07
9- Paul Williams (Lyrics) – 4:50
10- Instrumental – 5:41
11- Todd Edwards (Vocals) – 4:39
12- Noah Benjamin Lennox (Panda Bear, Animal Collective – Vocals) – 4:11
13- DJ FALCON – 6:21

01. Give Life Back to Music (ft. Nile Rodgers)
02. The Game of Love
03. Giorgio by Moroder (ft. Giorgio Moroder)
04. Within (ft. Chilly Gonzales)
05. Instant Crush (ft. Julian Casablancas)
06. Lose Yourself to Dance (ft. Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers)
07. Touch (ft. Paul Williams)
08. Get Lucky (ft. Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers)
09. Beyond
10. Motherhood
11. Fragments of Time (ft. Todd Edwards)
12. Doin’ It Right (ft. Panda Bear)
13. Contact (ft. DJ Falcon)

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