Tickets sell out for unapproved Falls Festival – Echonetdaily – Australia News

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Hands in the air at the 2016-17 Falls Festival. Tickets have sold out for the 2017-18 gig although it has yet to be approved by the PAC. Photo Jeff Dawson

Promoters of the Falls Festival have announced that tickets for the event at North Byron Parklands sold out in minutes yesterday, even though it is yet to receive the tick of approval by the Planning Assessment Commission (PAC).

‘In record time, our Silver Jubilee tickets sold-out for the Lorne and Byron Bay legs as patrons locked in their East Coast NYE plans with the likes of Flume, Fleet Foxes, Run The Jewels, The Kooks, Glass Animals and a huge 2017/18 all-star party line-up!’ promoters said in an email to punters.

‘Not supported’

The promoters did admit at the foot of the email that the Byron event remains ‘subject to regulatory approval’.

What they didn’t say is that their decision to release the tickets before state government approval has been described as ‘not supported’ by the governing authority that is yet to approve the event’s trial extension.

Byron councillors voted last week to highlight some of the ongoing issues with the event at its Parklands site.

Parklands is also the home to Splendour In The Grass festival.

The NSW Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) released a statement last week after the ticket sale announcement, saying that it was ‘solely a risk for North Byron Parklands.’

Chair Lynelle Briggs AO said, ‘No commitments, assurance or other indications about approval of the trial extension endorse the campaign.’

Briggs added, ‘… the Commission does not endorse the campaign, and for the avoidance of doubt, the campaign and any ticket sales will not be a factor…

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