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Golden Plains Festival Cancels 15th Anniversary Event

“The Space-Time Continuum has wibbled, and it has webbled, but it has not wobbled open wide enough to grant safe passage for Golden Plains this Autumn.”

Image of The Golden Plains festival in 2017

Golden Plains will not be holding its 15th anniversary edition next year.

Nikki Williams

Three months on from the postponement of the 30th edition of the Meredith Music Festival, Aunty Meredith has revealed that sister festival Golden Plains will also be taking a year off in 2021.

Announcing overnight, a press release from organisers noted that “the Space-Time Continuum has wibbled, and it has webbled, but it has not wobbled open wide enough to grant safe passage for Golden Plains this Autumn.”

“When favourable atmospheric conditions return, the full, rolled-gold, four-dimensional GP experience will land again,” it continues. “All dancing, all singing from the same songbook, in a close encounter of the Fifteenth kind. One more spin around the sun should do the trick.”

First held in 2007, Golden Plains served as an addition to the Australian festival calendar, being held over the Labour Day long weekend at the Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre.

Much like its sister festival, Golden Plains quickly grew into one of the most anticipated events on the Victorian music scene, with the likes of Pixies, Sampa the Great, Hot Chip, and Stereolab helping to celebrate the 14th edition of the festival in March of 2020.

Back in September, Meredith too announced that it would not be going ahead as planned, noting that the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated restrictions made it impossible to hold the festival’s 30th anniversary celebrations in its usual format.

“Like much of the planet, life in Postcode 3333 must contend with a pandemic and adjust to a different beat, for the time being,” a statement read. “Which brings us to a break in regular programming. A rest. Something which, in itself, is not such an unusual part of the Supernatural trip.”

In closing their statement regarding Golden Plains’ postponement, organisers made it clear that they were looking ahead to next year with anticipation. “Out here on the farm, meanwhile, we replenish,” it noted. “Preparations aplenty for Meredith Thirty.”

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