Embattled music festival finally announces refund for all ticket holders in 2024… FOUR years after cancelling the event

The director of a music festival that was axed due to Covid restrictions has promised people will soon have their tickets refunded – four years after it was cancelled.

The Drop festival was scheduled to be held across Sydney in March and April 2020 but was unfortunately scrapped due to the then emerging Covid restrictions.

Thousands of fans paid over $100 for a ticket to the outdoor festival, which was headlined by popular Aussie artists The Presets and Boy & Bear.

Other acts scheduled to perform included DZ Deathrays, Kita Alexander, Graace and Egoism.

The festival hosts are said to have lost millions of dollars due to the shows being scrapped and have struggled to repay ticket holders.

The director of The Drop music festival that was axed due to Covid restrictions has promised people will soon have their tickets refunded – four years after it was cancelled

Ticket holders were originally promised they would be refunded in 2022 and then in 2023 – and now the festival’s director has assured them their money will be returned next year.

Festival director Ken O’Brien revealed in a statement he is working towards raising the funds needed to pay out ticket holders.

‘We will be in a position to lay out a plan in the coming weeks, which we will, for working towards settling the refunds over the course of 2024,’ he told Triple J.

‘My priority now is to be part of a couple of other business interests that enable me to raise funds to pay out the refund.’

Many people paid over $100 for a ticket to the outdoor festival, which was headlined by popular artists The Presets and Boy & Bear

Many people paid over $100 for a ticket to the outdoor festival, which was headlined by popular artists The Presets and Boy & Bear

After four scheduled concerts were axed in 2020, ticket holders were initially promised a transfer to the then upcoming shows in 2022.

However, the 2022 shows were also cancelled leaving ticket holders once again empty handed.

The cost to attend one of the planned 2020 concerts was around $120, for over eight hours of live music from popular Australian bands.

One ticket holder called Kate told the ABC she was fed up with the company over-promising and under-delivering when it came to issuing refunds.

‘The communication has been consistent somewhat in that they keep promising the same thing, but not delivering. It’s beyond a joke,’ she said. 

Other acts scheduled to perform included DZ Deathrays, Kita Alexander (pictured), Graace and Egoism

Other acts scheduled to perform included DZ Deathrays, Kita Alexander (pictured), Graace and Egoism

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