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An official announcement from Atomique Productions has confirmed that Rifflandia will not be returning in 2019.

After 11 years of showcasing local and international musical talent for all of Victoria to enjoy, Rifflandia music festival has officially been postponed for the first time since its inception.

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A statement from Atomique Productions clarifies that the festival will be back in 2020 and anyone who purchased Early Bird tickets for 2019 will be refunded at point of purchase, or their passes can be redeemed for entry next year.

“Over the past eleven years Rifflandia has showcased more than 1500 artists, including some of the biggest touring acts in the world today, while uniting a generation of music lovers in our community and beyond,” says Atomique.

“But as our city continues to change before our eyes, our region’s unique festival landscape is evolving and this requires our careful attention to ensure that Rifflandia is able to thrive for years to come, alongside our artists, audience and partners.”

Last year’s festival lineup left some fans disappointed, as calls for more popular musicians resounded on social media which may have been a contributing factor in the decision to postpone the event.

Earlier this year, the event management company also decided to cancel annual West Shore music festival Rock the Shores, with no information on whether or not they plan to bring it back in the future.

They do, however, have plans to bring Rifflandia back in September 17-20th, 2020.