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It is with great regret that the organisers of Southbound 2016 have had to cancel the event. Please find below a statement from the event organisers, Sunset Events, regarding the cancellation.
All ticket holders will be provided with a refund and we'll let you know the next steps to take for this refund on Wednesday 13th January.
We appreciate your patience during this critical time and our thoughts are with those whose lives and homes are in danger. We'll keep you updated as soon a possible.
Please be cautious if you are travelling to/from the festival site and we hope that everyone stays safe.
SUNSET EVENTS - SOUTHBOUND 2016 STATEMENT
URGENT: SOUTHBOUND 2016 CANCELLED
It is with great regret that we have to announce the cancellation of Southbound 2016, due to the fire situation in the festivals surrounding areas. After ongoing communications and information provided from the West Australian Police, Main Roads Department and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, we have no option but to cancel this year's event. We cannot compromise patron safety and proceed knowing people's lives are at risk getting to the event.
The only alternate route given both main highways are closed is now compromised. The alternative access to the event communicated earlier today is now only open for essential travel. As of news recently to hand festival patrons are now not able to use this road leaving us with no access to the festival site.
First and foremost our thoughts are with our local community of the South West, in what has been a challenging day, with more challenges to come. We give all our love and support to our local family in this intense time of stress.
The fire, which started Wednesday afternoon and reached emergency status during the night and into Thursday morning, has left us with no time to relocate prior to gates opening tomorrow.
"Everyone on site is absolutely devastated as we were working so hard to bring the best Southbound yet. Please understand at this time we will be extremely busy dealing with the cancellation and our thoughts are with those in danger due to the nearby fire." David Chitty, Director.
Information regarding ticket refunds will be released on Wednesday 13th January. Please rest assured Southbound patrons will receive a full refund on tickets purchased via official channels. Please sit tight at this time until further information is made available on Wednesday.
For a full list of road closures, visit mainroads.wa.gov.au and to keep updated with all alerts and warnings, visit http://www.dfes.wa.gov.au/alerts/Pages/default.aspx.