Covid restrictions force Hunter Valley music festival cancelation days out from opening

Photo: Grapevine Gathering

The recent change in Covid restrictions announced by the NSW Government has forced another festival to cancel just days out from opening.

The Grapevine Gathering in the Hunter Valley has pulled the plug at the eleventh hour after the latest amendment to a ban on singing and dancing that now includes outdoor events. The festival was expected to attract 16,000 people.

“Grapevine Gathering NSW has had an approved COVIDsafe plan for months and we have been in constant communication with the NSW Government regarding all required safety measures,” the organisers told 9news.

“This is a devastating blow not only to the live music industry, but also to regional tourism. A projected loss of over $5.2 million to the greater Hunter Valley region is expected from this cancellation.

“Over 1400 jobs are now lost across our artists, food vendors, security, production crew, ticketing staff and more who were deep in preparation for the weekend.”