Australia has long been home to a relatively small but passionate hard dance fanbase. This fanbase has loyally attended the Australia edition of famous Dutch festival DEFQON 1 for many years. Eventually, the loyalty of Australians was rewarded with a Q-Dance event of their own (Q-Dance being the company that creates DEFQON 1), and it was named IQON.
However, anyone who knows their hard dance history will recognise that IQON only occurred once in 2013 and never returned as promised. IQON was meant to be the start of a new Australian-exclusive hard dance festival – so what happened?
1. Poor ticket sales
Ultimately, IQON underperformed in ticket sales. It is speculated that this was because many people wanted to go to the Australian DEFQON festival and could only afford a ticket to that event.
2. Poor weather
On the day of IQON (mid-April), it was raining heavily, and this generally ruined the experience many people expected.
3. Technical difficulties
There were a lot of technical issues for the festival, including a loss of music from Headhunterz set for over 10 minutes. Headhunterz was one of the biggest names on the line-up, so this loss of time from his set was not taken well by fans.