Music festivals push ahead for events later this year despite ongoing uncertainty

Music festivals are pushing ahead with dates for later this year, despite uncertainty around the easing of public gathering restrictions for mass gatherings.

The Falls Festival is moving ahead with its New Year event which will be held in Lorne, Byron Bay, Marion Bay, and Fremantle.

“As Australia heads towards the recovery phase of COVID-19 we have decided to move forward with optimism, and work towards presenting our Dec 2020 / Jan 2021 event in a way that will best bolster Australia’s live music industry,” said Falls co-producers Jess Ducrou and Paul Piticco.

“We have some of the most exciting acts in the world and this special ‘home grown’ edition of Falls will ensure that money stays in our local economy, providing maximum financial benefit for the Australian music community – artists, management, crew, agents, roadies, production etc – as well as the thousands of contractors and suppliers who rely on our events for their income.”

Festival organisers said they will be “working with and taking direction from the health authorities” as more information is available.

“But today we’re letting you know that while we’re living in strange times, we’re choosing the bright side,” they said. “Our team is moving ahead and we hope we’ll be seeing you all in December/January for an all Aussie edition of Falls Festival.”

Other festivals believed to be pushing ahead include Splendour In The Grass, which was postponed to October, and NYE festival Lost Paradise scheduled for December.

However, Big Day Out co-founder Ken West said “anything this side of 2020 will battle to get clearance”.

“The best chance a festival would have to get a green light would be as a test event,” he said.

“It might require everyone entering to be registered, COVID-tested and have the [COVIDSafe] app to see if it works on a large scale.”