Nitro Circus event a no-go as wild weather lashes the region

CANCELLED: The Warrnambool leg of the Nitro Circus Next Level tour was cancelled due to unsafe weather conditions across the weekend. Picture: Christine Ansorge
CANCELLED: The Warrnambool leg of the Nitro Circus Next Level tour was cancelled due to unsafe weather conditions across the weekend. Picture: Christine Ansorge

While its disappointing, we will endeavour to get Nitro Circus back to Warrnambool in the future.

David McMahon

Ferocious winds and driving rain forced Nitro Circus organisers to cancel its much-hyped Next Level tour event at Warrnambool’s Reid Oval.

The show was originally scheduled to take place on Saturday, with thousands of tickets sold for the freestyle motocross and BMX show, which features superstar Travis Pastrana as well as the biggest ramps on earth. 

After wild weather organisers decided to postpone the Saturday event to the next day, before making an announcement on Sunday morning it would not be going ahead.

Wind gusts of up 92 kilometres an hour were recorded in Warrnambool at 1pm on Saturday.

Nitro Circus spokesman Nathan Brown said the high winds had not allowed the crew to be able to build the show set.

“It’s just not safe out there to be building, it’s not safe for the riders and very importantly it’s not safe for the punters,” he said.

Mr Brown said the decision to cancel the show had not been made lightly.

“This is only our third show out of our 330-odd show history that we have had to cancel,” he said.

“It really hurts in a place where we have sold a lot of tickets and we have a lot of big Nitro Circus fans. We are gutted. Hopefully we can come back in a few years.” 

Mr Brown advised ticket-holders would get a full refund.

“Ticketmaster will refund all tickets automatically that were purchased online,” he said.

“If you bought in store via Ticketmaster you have to go into that store to get the refund.” 

Warrnambool City Council’s visitor economy manager David McMahon said it was disappointing, but fully understood why the event had to be cancelled.

“The council commends Nitro Circus for making every endeavour to try and get a show on under very difficult circumstances,” he said.

“They are a world class event management company, and they tried everything they could to get a show on.The safety of the public and the athletes was always a priority.

“While its disappointing, we will endeavour to get Nitro Circus back to Warrnambool in the future.”