A return to normal? These festivals think so

A music festival on the Gold Coast has been allowed to go ahead without zoned areas with around 10,000 fans expected to attend.

The new Inverted Festival has been given the greenlight by the Queensland Health Department to go ahead in May at the Metricon Stadium, making it the “largest standing music festival to take place in Australia” since Covid shut down the event industry last year.

The removal of zoned areas means the music fans can move freely between stages.

New regional touring festival Fresh Produce will also go ahead without zoned areas at four of its events in Townsville, Toowoomba, Glenorchy and Bendigo.

“We are thrilled that we’re able to open up four of our festivals and offer zone-free good times,” promoter Steve Halpin told The Music.

“We are working closely with the relevant health authorities in our remaining regions with the aim to also move to open sites. Fresh Produce is a new and ever-evolving event and as restrictions continue to ease across the country, we will be able to offer even more to our patrons.”