Music festival Out of the Woods has moved locations from Busselton to Fremantle, with organisers blaming costs and accommodation restrictions in the South West. In only its second year of operation, the event has had to be changed to a metropolitan setting after it was determined the costs to house the two-day festival’s expected 7000-plus attendees were too high. Issues of a lack of public transport to and from the event and risk of camping and bushfires were also cited as reasons. Out of the Woods was to mark the return of music festivals in Busselton, after popular event Southbound was scrapped indefinitely after the Yarloop bushfires in 2016. City of Busselton Mayor Grant Henley said an attempt to make up for a lack of accommodation for festival staff and guests via a camping alternative had fallen through. “We would love to do it, but they generally don’t work without a camping element,” he said. “We had a planning application for a development that would have accommodated a significant amount of attendees on site, but there were some issues with that in regard to the surrounding properties, and also bushfire concerns that were raised by default. “So that application wasn’t successful.” The line-up for the festival in Fremantle will include Chet Faker, DMA’s and the Temper Trap, as well as up-and-coming local talent such as Ra Ra Viper. Last year’s Out of the Woods was the first major music event in WA after the State reopened its borders. The festival was also the only major South West music event after Groovin’ The Moo in Bunbury was cancelled from 2020 until this May.