Mudgee Day on the Green event cancelled for 2018

CANCELLED: Angry Anderson at a previous Day on the Green concert in Mudgee. Photo: MUDGEE GUARDIAN
CANCELLED: Angry Anderson at a previous Day on the Green concert in Mudgee. Photo: MUDGEE GUARDIAN

Those looking forward to booking tickets to a 2018 Mudgee A Day on the Green better prepare for some disappointing news.

Roundhouse Entertainment promoter Michael Newton, who organises A Day on the Green, said it’s simply not financially feasible to continue with a Mudgee tour however there is a glimmer of hope in 2019.

Mr Newton knows better than anyone how much people enjoy the concert.

“We’ve been getting a lot of enquiries about this, people asking when a date or lineup is going to be announced,” Mr Newton said.

“Look, really the reason is that we can’t find a bill we think will work properly.

“I could be wrong, but I think people are a bit tired of the lineups we’ve been putting on.

“A lot of people in the area wait and see who’s playing the Hunter and go to those bigger shows instead.”

“One of the nice things about Mudgee that can also present as a bit of an issue is that holds only so many people.

“It’s really difficult for us to afford an artist that we’d get in the Hunter where the capacity is closer to 12,000 or 20,000. It's a completely different experience.”

If you ignored the capacity and entertainment issues A Day on the Green is facing in Mudgee, Mr Newton said costs just aren’t what they used to be.

“Since we started playing in Mudgee in the early 2000s, the cost running a show has gone up dramatically and it’s really difficult for us to afford to actually do the show, Mr Newton said.

“The last few we’ve done haven’t been financially favourable to us and it costs a lot to get everything to the show.

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“Freight; security; staff; toilets; fencing; staging; generators; the screens and the three-camera shoot we do. Everything comes at a high cost.

“Combine the smaller capacity and a lineup people are a bit tired of, you know, we’re not getting the out-of-the-box numbers that we used to.

“We love playing Mudgee, we really do. But we just can’t afford to keep losing money there.

“That’s the honest truth.”

Mr Newton said he wanted to stress to A Day on the Green fans that they share your frustration that they can’t make it work.