Another Con Bites The Dust - Sydneigh 2014 Cancelled (UPDATED)
August 26th: "Sydneigh is 100% going ahead!" September 17th: "Syndneigh is Cancelled" Oops.
That's right folks there won't be any pony fun down under this year, in a press release posted today. Check it out below.
Hope you weren't TOO excited...
UPDATES: Apparently Oz isn't immune to Con Drama. They really pissed in the ballpit on this one.
The Australia-based Brony Convention had this to say:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Sydneigh 2014 Cancelled
Sydney, NSW, Australia – 17/09/2014 – The Executive team from Sydney Bronies Incorporated have been forced to announce the cancellation of Sydneigh 2014, which was to be held at the Australian Technology Park on the 27th & 28th of September.
Whilst we have been moved by the support from the community since previously announcing our financial difficulties. Since we met the first 2 goals we set for ourselves and the community, we have failed to meet any of our targets since.
Insufficient ticket sales, coupled with significant unexpected costs from our venue, have meant that our income is not able to support such an event. As such, we have been left with no choice but to cancel Sydneigh.
We would like to thank all those that have provided their support over the past 18 months, on what has been a very rocky journey at times. We would have loved nothing more than the event to be a success, however this has not been possible.
The executive have carried a motion, on the advice of our legal counsel, to begin immediately refunding tickets. Unfortunately, given the non-refundable expenses we have incurred (including the venue and voice-actor down-payments), our current cash reserves mean that we are only able to provide refunds of 70 cents in the dollar. This means that those who purchased a one-day ticket for $40 for example, would receive a refund of $28.
We understand this is not an ideal situation for anyone involved. As it stands, members of the executive have already committed several thousand dollars of their own money, and while we would prefer to refund people in full, this is simply not possible.
Once again, we thank those of you who have supported us and we are deeply disappointed that the event has not gone ahead as we planned.