Live performers cancel as new WA restrictions slash stadium and outdoor event capacities

Optus Stadium will have its capacity slashed by 50 per cent under the new restrictions.

Major Australian performers are scrambling to reschedule their planned concerts in Perth after Western Australia announced new Covid restrictions that will see major stadiums capacities slashed 50 per cent and public outdoor events capped at 500 attendees from Thursday.

Perth had a line-up of major concerts throughout March and April ahead of the state’s border reopening who are now scrambling to reschedule as a result of the crowd restrictions.

Midnight Oil said the sudden changes were “deeply frustrating” and were weighing up whether to reschedule or cancel altogether.

“Yesterday Western Australia announced that outdoor concerts crowds are capped at only 500 people for at least the next four weeks,” the band said on Facebook.

“As such our show at Nikola Estate on March 26, and basically every other big gig in WA this month, will not be able to proceed as planned.

“Obviously this situation is deeply frustrating given that sports stadiums are still being allowed to operate at 50 per cent capacity.

“It is imperative that the WA state government helps local promoters and event workers get back on their feet by staging these shows at a later time.”

Missy Higgins said she was cancelling both of her WA gigs this weekend due to the 500-person rule.

Hospitality venues are also capped at 150 patrons with 4sqm social distancing.

Premier Mark McGowan said new “level two” rules were in response to the surge in Omicron cases.

“Based on the experience over east, this Omicron outbreak is expected to peak before the end of March,” he said.

“March will be the most difficult month Western Australia experiences in this whole pandemic and we would be irresponsible if we didn’t have the most appropriate measures in place during the period where they are most required.”