Sydney’s installment of the inaugural Good Things Festival will no longer cater to all ages, according to a statement issued by the festival’s organisers.
A press release detailing the situation noted that “NSW police have imposed multiple impediments, including excessive police presence and exorbitant fees, making it impossible for us to allow anyone under 18 to attend the event.”
The statement also shares that the over-policing of the event would yeild a “significant impact on the experience for all of the festival patrons and making it impossible for the event organisers to allow under 18’s to attend.”
This comes shortly after Stoney Roads reported that a boutique festival in Casino, Bohemian Beatfreaks were hit with a $200,000 fee to have up to 70 officers on-site over three days. In previous years, the festival had been charged only $16, 000 for police presence.
The Good Things Festival Promoter & General Manager Chris O’Brien says, “We have been working around the clock for months to try and ensure the event goes ahead as planned, but we have seen unprecedented opposition to the event from the police and the government.
The experience for all customers was going to be impacted. We have had to make the very difficult decision to turn the event to over 18’s only to avoid Under 18’s been forced to watch bands behind a 1.8m high chain wire fence.”
“The Good Things Festival directors and site managers have a combined wealth of over 100 years’ experience running major events and the biggest festivals across the country and have never experienced such resistance for under 18’s to attend an event, let alone allowing an event to be staged at all,” the statement further shared.
Melbourne and Brisbane events are not affected by this and are scheduled to run as normal and all ticket holders under the age of 18 will be contacted and refunds issued.
Good Things Festival is set to kick off in just over 3 weeks time, featuring the likes of The Offspring, Stone Sour, All Time Low and more. Just last week local supports were announced for each leg of the tour, as well as set times.
Watch: ‘The Kids Aren’t Alright’ – The Offspring
Good Things Festival 2018 Lineup
The Offspring (Performing Smash In Full)
All Time Low
Bullet For My Valentine
The Smith Street Band
(Performing songs from The Places You Have Come To Fear The Most + Fan Favourites)
The Wonder Years
Make Them Suffer
Void Of Vision
Friday, December 7th (New Venue!)
Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday, December 8th
Parramatta Park, Sydney, NSW
Sunday, December 9th
Brisbane Showgrounds, Brisbane, QLD
Tickets on sale now through Oztix