Alice Springs Desert Song Festival cancelled for second year in a row

The Desert Song Festival in Alice Springs has been cancelled for the second consecutive year with organisers saying the ongoing escalation of Covid cases in other states made holding the festival “untenable”.

“It’s really sad news. I’m gutted to be quite honest,” festival director Morris Stuart told the ABC.

“From a risk management point of view, the news wasn’t getting better, it wasn’t even stabilising.

“With the COVID thing raging, we just had no way of being certain it wouldn’t enter into Alice Springs.

“We were being squeezed day-by-day … and all of that was robbing the necessary time that we needed for preparation, for marketing, for festival development.

“It just became untenable, unfortunately.”

Stuart said there would be an online event with hopes some live performances could still go ahead including the outdoor concert ‘A Capella in the Gorge’.

“My hope is that we might be able to have a bigger day with some events earlier in the day,” he said.

“And then we’ll make our way to the waterhole and have the annual A Capella in the Gorge.”