Australia's longest running outdoor festival, Livid, has been scrapped this year, citing "scarcity of headline acts." Michael Coppel, one of its three promoters, says it will return in November 2005.

Australia's longest running outdoor festival, Livid, has been scrapped this year, citing "scarcity of headline acts." Michael Coppel, one of its three promoters, says it will return in November 2005.

Coppel says that the headliners of the current European and U.S. summer festival circuit had either visited Australia recently or were not suitable for the event. Newer acts were not strong enough to headline in Australia, he adds.

"All indications are that next year will have a stronger choice of acts," Coppel says.

Livid began in 1989 as a 25,000-capacity event in Brisbane, Queensland set up by locally-based promoters Peter Walsh and Paul Campbell-Rider of Bottcorp, and Melbourne-based Coppel, who is managing director of tour promoter Michael Coppel Presents.

Past headliners have included Oasis, the Cure, Green Day, Morrissey, Lou Reed, Beastie Boys, Garbage, Rollins Band, Devo and Sonic Youth.

In recent years, it extended to Sydney and Melbourne but failed to find a niche. In 2003, despite a bill headlined by Linkin Park, the White Stripes and Jurassic 5, it played to crowds 10,000 below the venues’ 30,000-capacity.

Coppel admits that the year off will allow Livid to redefine itself. "Audience expectations have increased," he notes.

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