Two more music festivals postpone as Victoria’s Covid spike worsens

Two more music festivals have cancelled this year’s plans and pushed their events until 2021 including the Northern Territory’s largest music festival.

BASSINTHEGRASS was originally scheduled for October 31 this year, but the NT government announced yesterday it would be postponed while travel from Victoria and NSW is restricted.

“This means it won’t be possible to deliver People’s Choice BASSINTHEGRASS to the world-class standard music fans expect in 2020,” the government said in a statement.

“This is a difficult but necessary decision in order to put the safety of Territorians first.”

Tourism and Culture Minister Lauren Moss said the event was the Territory’s most popular music festival.

“We have hard borders for a reason, and it’s to protect Territorians,” she said.

The Queenscliff Music Festival in Victoria has also pushed its planned dates this November to next year.

“We held out as long as we could, in the hope that things would improve and that we might be able to hold a festival, and for a while there it really looked liked things were improving and we’d be able to,” organiser Andrew Orvis said in a statement.

“Unfortunately though, with the recent COVID-19 spike in Victoria it is no longer possible.

“We’d like to reassure you that we’re not going anywhere and we will be back bigger and better next year. QMF is here to stay.”