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Mission to Launch fizzles on the platform

By johnboy - 22 November 2011 31

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The Mission to Launch festival planned for New Years in Weston Park has announced they’re scrapping the event.

Organisers of Canberra’s Mission To Launch Festival regretfully announce that the festival has suspended ticket sales and is officially cancelled.

The decision has been a very difficult one for organisers who, as Canberra locals themselves, envisaged bringing a world-class party to the nation’s capital for New Year’s Eve.

Unfortunately, the current economic climate has seen music festivals across the country suffer with drops in numbers of attendees and poor ticket sales on a large scale. Mission To Launch has unfortunately suffered the same fate.

The festival was a bold and unique business venture designed for Canberra – an idea initiated by local businessmen and activated 18 months ago when the event market was more resilient.

Ticket holders are entitled to a full refund from the point of purchase. Contact your ticketing agency for more details.

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Mission to Launch fizzles on the platform
Thoroughly Smashed 4:43 pm 22 Nov 11

shirty_bear said :

johnboy said :

bog metal?

It’s metal, but it sounds as though it was recorded in a WC.

Ahh, they’re bringing Mayhem back to Australia?

Keijidosha 4:22 pm 22 Nov 11

The failures of Trackside, Stonefest and now Mission to Launch suggests to me that either the organisers have dollar signs in their eyes and pudding for brains, or the kiddies are realising that festivals are one of the worst ways to experience your favourite artists.

shirty_bear 4:20 pm 22 Nov 11

johnboy said :

bog metal?

It’s metal, but it sounds as though it was recorded in a WC.

Classified 3:44 pm 22 Nov 11

johnboy said :

bog metal?

It’s used to fix rusty panels on your car.

qbngeek 3:43 pm 22 Nov 11

johnboy said :

bog metal?

I swear you added that 🙂

It should say ‘big metal’

qbngeek 3:41 pm 22 Nov 11

Gantz said :

Oh qbngeek…

Foreshore? Strength to Strength? Won’t even begin with them, all that needs to be said is it doesn’t really reflect the foreshore anymore does it?
Onto to Soundwave, ‘darling of the festival world’? You ever been, to say, I don’t know, Glastonbury? In fact, any other festival that was not in Oz?
Compare the two though, and the organisers behind them, and what crowds attend either, big fat differences!

I have been to several of the massive UK and European festivals, but this is not a discussion about them. Their market is very different with masively larger populations in much smaller areas. TO compare them to a festival in Australia is not fair.

I called SW the darling of the festival world as that is what I have heard and seen many people call it, obviously I am talking about Australian festivals. Outside my day job I am heavily involved in the music world, mainly in the metal and rock communities, and the big names are struggling big time. BDO is on its last legs and the innovative festivals are the one s who are winning out.

MTL was never innovative, it had a lacklustre line-up, full of yesterdays news, and was charging like a big nome festival. If it had been properly done, it may have succeeded, maybe the organisers should have approached some fo the bigger promoters and asked for help getting access to bands. It has been done before and is the smart way to do it. Find out who is on tour to Australia and see if you can get them to appear as part of the tour. They needed a bid name to get people interested, and they had no current big names.

It is sad it failed, but it wasn’t very well done at all.

johnboy 3:41 pm 22 Nov 11

bog metal?

qbngeek 3:32 pm 22 Nov 11

pptvb said :

qbngeek said :

Mmmmkay, so if music festivals all over the country are suffering, why has Soundwave sold out in Melbourne and about to sell out in Brisbane? Why have they had to change or expand venues to allow for more attendees? Why has the organiser of Soundwave also launched Harvest which by the word going around at the moment appears to be a massive success? Why has Foreshore gone from strength to strength?

I would say it had more to do with:
– a piss-poor line up
– a location that is (a) not very well serviced by public transport and (b) nowhere near the majority of hotels/motels/hostels.
– Tickets that are waaaayyyy overpriced considering the tiny line-up with no real star power. MTL – $130/15 ‘bands’, Soundwave $160/70+ bands, Homebake $103 30+ bands

My apologies for all the Soundwave references, but they seem to be the darling of the festival world at the moment and are absolutely killing it.

Really!
You obviously didn’t get F#%ked over by the Soundwave organisers like we did.
http://www.triplem.com.au/sydney/music/news/blog/its-official-soundwave-revolution-2011-cancelled/20110809-e6g7.html

They were sold out in Bris, Adel, Melb & almost in Syd & Perth when they pulled the plug.

Too many festivals at the moment.

You need to understand that Soundwave Revolution was a disaster that was caused by issues outside the control of the organiser. I have spoken to AJ about Revolution and it was cancelled due to a bunch of things he couldn’t control. He did the best he could in the situation, refunded everyone and organised Counter Revolution. Obviously that isn’t enough for you, gee your life must be sweet if nothing ever goes wrong. I say harden up princess.

However Soundwave is a different festival. It has gone from strength to strength every year and continues to blow everyone away. Especially when there are no street performers or rides or circus acts or any of the other crap that festivals like BDO have had to introduce to keep people interested. It is about the music and nothing else and that is why it is succeeding (plus no-one else is bring the bog metal/punk/goth bands to Australia).

Gantz 3:25 pm 22 Nov 11

Oh qbngeek…

Foreshore? Strength to Strength? Won’t even begin with them, all that needs to be said is it doesn’t really reflect the foreshore anymore does it?
Onto to Soundwave, ‘darling of the festival world’? You ever been, to say, I don’t know, Glastonbury? In fact, any other festival that was not in Oz?
Compare the two though, and the organisers behind them, and what crowds attend either, big fat differences!

Classified 3:20 pm 22 Nov 11

Festivals do nothing for me. Give me a decent concert starting at 8pm running until midnight and I’m happy.

pete09 3:13 pm 22 Nov 11

pptvb said :

qbngeek said :

Mmmmkay, so if music festivals all over the country are suffering, why has Soundwave sold out in Melbourne and about to sell out in Brisbane? Why have they had to change or expand venues to allow for more attendees? Why has the organiser of Soundwave also launched Harvest which by the word going around at the moment appears to be a massive success? Why has Foreshore gone from strength to strength?

I would say it had more to do with:
– a piss-poor line up
– a location that is (a) not very well serviced by public transport and (b) nowhere near the majority of hotels/motels/hostels.
– Tickets that are waaaayyyy overpriced considering the tiny line-up with no real star power. MTL – $130/15 ‘bands’, Soundwave $160/70+ bands, Homebake $103 30+ bands

My apologies for all the Soundwave references, but they seem to be the darling of the festival world at the moment and are absolutely killing it.

Really!
You obviously didn’t get F#%ked over by the Soundwave organisers like we did.
http://www.triplem.com.au/sydney/music/news/blog/its-official-soundwave-revolution-2011-cancelled/20110809-e6g7.html

They were sold out in Bris, Adel, Melb & almost in Syd & Perth when they pulled the plug.

Too many festivals at the moment.

Soundwave Revolution was not sold out in Brisbane, Adelaide, Sydney or Perth when it was cancelled. It had sold less then 30% of capacity in Adelaide and Perth when it cancelled. All that goes to show from these cancellations is that is too many festivals at the moment, and treating your customers with the respect that Soundwave did is one of the reasons its sprung back so well.

pptvb 3:03 pm 22 Nov 11

qbngeek said :

Mmmmkay, so if music festivals all over the country are suffering, why has Soundwave sold out in Melbourne and about to sell out in Brisbane? Why have they had to change or expand venues to allow for more attendees? Why has the organiser of Soundwave also launched Harvest which by the word going around at the moment appears to be a massive success? Why has Foreshore gone from strength to strength?

I would say it had more to do with:
– a piss-poor line up
– a location that is (a) not very well serviced by public transport and (b) nowhere near the majority of hotels/motels/hostels.
– Tickets that are waaaayyyy overpriced considering the tiny line-up with no real star power. MTL – $130/15 ‘bands’, Soundwave $160/70+ bands, Homebake $103 30+ bands

My apologies for all the Soundwave references, but they seem to be the darling of the festival world at the moment and are absolutely killing it.

Really!
You obviously didn’t get F#%ked over by the Soundwave organisers like we did.
http://www.triplem.com.au/sydney/music/news/blog/its-official-soundwave-revolution-2011-cancelled/20110809-e6g7.html

They were sold out in Bris, Adel, Melb & almost in Syd & Perth when they pulled the plug.

Too many festivals at the moment.

qbngeek 2:30 pm 22 Nov 11

Mmmmkay, so if music festivals all over the country are suffering, why has Soundwave sold out in Melbourne and about to sell out in Brisbane? Why have they had to change or expand venues to allow for more attendees? Why has the organiser of Soundwave also launched Harvest which by the word going around at the moment appears to be a massive success? Why has Foreshore gone from strength to strength?

I would say it had more to do with:
– a piss-poor line up
– a location that is (a) not very well serviced by public transport and (b) nowhere near the majority of hotels/motels/hostels.
– Tickets that are waaaayyyy overpriced considering the tiny line-up with no real star power. MTL – $130/15 ‘bands’, Soundwave $160/70+ bands, Homebake $103 30+ bands

My apologies for all the Soundwave references, but they seem to be the darling of the festival world at the moment and are absolutely killing it.

Gantz 2:23 pm 22 Nov 11

Sad, yes! Although with the likes of Summer Dayze and Field Day having dominated NYE and New Years Day for some time now, was bound to happen.
My suggestion would be to promote a lot sooner, perhaps as early as June, if decent ticket sales are to made and some better acts.
Doesn’t have to be Bieber of Guetta, perhaps just not recycled artists who don’t appeal anymore….

Chop71 2:03 pm 22 Nov 11

sad

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