RIP Harvest

Harvest 1The entry to Harvest 2012.

It’s a strange time for Australian music festivals.  On the one hand, they appear to be getting stronger; this year’s Soundwave had a spectacular lineup, and next year Blur are playing at Big Day Out.  Fucking Blur!  But then, on the other hand, the market appears to be getting a bit crowded.  It the past twelve months alone, I’ve attended seven different music festivals: Harvest, Falls, Big Day Out, Laneway, Soundwave, Future and Boogie.  And that’s just me!  There are many many more festivals that I have no interest in attending, or simply can’t afford [I’m looking at you, Splendour].  Something’s got to give.  And apparently that something is Harvest.

Obviously, this is a disappointing outcome.  But what I’ve found even more disappointing has been the reactions of certain people.  Yes, it’s sad that what is possibly Australia’s best festival has been cancelled.  But there’s no point hurling abuse at AJ Maddah.  The fact of the matter is that our festivals are doing pretty damn well at the moment.  We’re spoiled for choice.  As clichéd as it may sound, maybe you can have too much of a good thing.  After all, there are only so many festivals that one can afford to attend in a calendar year.

All I can hope for is that Harvest might return one day, and not fade into the abyss like V Festival did.


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