Unleashed Festival at Rockleigh cancelled after complaint to Murray Bridge council

An advertisement for the festival. Image: Facebook.
An advertisement for the festival. Image: Facebook.

The organisers of a secretive music festival have abandoned plans for a 48-hour "doof" at Rockleigh after local authorities got wind of their plans.

The inaugural Unleashed Festival, to be held this weekend, was being billed as a party "in the middle of nowhere" where attendees could unleash themselves amid music, art and market stalls.

"Life is amazing and some of us can forget that," a page on ticketing website Eventbrite said.

"Come be free without judgment."

More than 80 per cent of tickets to the event had been sold at $50 a pop.

But organiser Chaza Kisimba said on Wednesday that the festival's location had been changed after a neighbour "ruined it for everyone" by alerting the Murray Bridge council.

Council staff told Unleashed Festival last week that planning permission would be required for the event, and that it was unlikely to be granted on such short notice.

Chief executive officer Michael Sedgman said it was important that event organisers go through the proper channels to ensure attendees would be kept safe.

"There are some particular requirements under the provisions of the Development Act ... essentially around matters of public safety: ensuring events of a particular scale are appropriately supported by toilet facilities, those sorts of things," he said.

"We worked with the event organisers to explain that what they were proposing required development approval," he said.

"Based on the fact the timing of their approach was quite close to the event, we provided advice that we probably wouldn't be able to do what we're required to do (to grant approval) under the Development Act."

Otherwise, he said, the council generally supported events which would bring visitors to the district.

"Council's here to work with event organisers to make these things happen," he said.

Rockleigh resident Penny Heighes said she had been concerned about the extra traffic, on a weekend on which residents would already have to contend with road closures related to the Adelaide Hills Rally; and the extra noise.

The last time a similar event had gone ahead in the area, she said, "the music could be heard all the way to Pallamana".

She said she was very happy Unleashed Festival had moved elsewhere, "for the sake of peace, for the sake of the animals".

"They were expecting 200 people," she said.

"It was a bit much for the neighbours.

"I'm a great lover of music, but that sort of thing is not fair."

Ms Heighes was one of the organisers behind Bridge Busking, an effort to encourage live music on the streets of Murray Bridge, last year.

Information about the festival posted on ticketing website Eventbrite. Image: Eventbrite.

Information about the festival posted on ticketing website Eventbrite. Image: Eventbrite.

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