Halsey Announces Show In Melbourne Hours After Falls Festival Lorne Cut Short
Falls Festival headliner Halsey has announced a show in Melbourne just hours after the Lorne leg of the tour was cancelled due to high bushfire danger.
The American singer took to Twitter on Sunday afternoon to announce a show at The Forum.
She told fans Falls Festival ticketholders would get priority access, with all profits from the $30 ticket price being donated to fire relief.
Halsey promised fans she would be playing a full set at the replacement gig and "probably won't walk off the stage until they drag me".
On Sunday morning 9000 punters were told to pack up their campsites and leave as festival organisers were concerned about the health and safety risk due to potential fires, smoke, tree hazards and severe winds on Monday.
The New Year's Eve music festival is hosting dates across the country with acts including Vampire Weekend, Disclosure, Banks and more.
Peking Duck has announced a show at The Epsy in Melbourne tonight, and Yungblud will play at The Tote in Melbourne - both have said profits will be donated to firefighters.
The cancellation only affects Lorne in Victoria, which was set to run until December 31.
Monday's forecast is for severe storms and 40C temperatures in the area.
"The decision has not been made lightly, our patron and staff safety is our priority," the festival organisers wrote in a statement on Facebook.
"Forecasted conditions have gotten significantly worse in the past 12 hours, with information coming to light that has not been available to us before the event kicked off on December 28th.
"After consultation with local and regional fire authorities and other emergency stakeholders, it is clear that we have no other option. While conditions are fine at time of writing, we are taking the opportunity to move everyone offsite safely and in good time."
Gates to the event site will instead close at 9 am on December 30th, the music and bars were stopped Sunday.
"All traffic will exit via Mt Sabine and Deans Marsh Rds onto the Princes Highway. The Great Ocean Road is at capacity, please do not return into Lorne or other coastal townships as they are all subject to the same extreme weather conditions," The festival organisers warned.
"Do not look to camp in the Otways or any forested area, as the fire risk is extreme and there are forecast wind gusts of 90 – 100km per hour with possible lightning."
The event headliner Halsey, who is in Australia for Falls shows only, quickly responded to the cancellation to say she planned to make it up to disappointed fans.
While she said she understood why the organisers made the decision to cancel the Lorne dates, the singer said she was 'devastated'.
"I really hate disappointing you," Halsey said in an Instagram video on Sunday.
"It sucks but also happy because it's important Falls is keeping you guys safe. I know how disappointed some of you are, I'm going to do everything in my power to make it up to you."
The festival organisers said all ticket holders to the Lorne event will receive a full refund.
While plenty of punters expressed disappointment about the festival being cut short, many understood and praised the organisers for their early intervention.
For more information visit the festival website here.