A marriage equality benefit concert planned for Sydney, Yes Fest, has been cancelled due to poor ticket sales.

The festival was going to feature a handful of Australian artists including Megan Washington, Killing Heidi, and Jimmy Barnes, as a means to help support the Yes campaign during the postal survey.

In a report by Pedestrian, Yes Fest organiser Jonno Seidler confirmed they’d been forced to cancel the festival due to poor ticket sales and issues with corporate sponsorship.

In a Medium post, Seidler wrote that everyone who bought tickets would have their money refunded, with more news about that coming soon.

“We can’t blame the people who weren’t buying tickets,” he said.

“As it became clear that we were in real trouble over the last 72 hours, I have had recurring nightmares that I would end up being the guy who ran Australia’s Fyre Festival.”

While most festivals have a six to twelve month build up, Yes Fest only had three, which may have contributed to its modest ticket sales.

Seidler ended his post by encouraging Australia to vote ‘yes’.

“Get out there and vote,” he said.

“Make some noise. We have incredible power and it’s time we started using it.”

Note: Melbourne will be hosting a Yes Fest of its own on Sunday 22 October. This will still be going ahead, at 1pm in front of the State Library.

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