Under the Southern Stars festival blames cancellation on vaccine delays

Organisers of Under the Southern Stars festival have cancelled this year’s event for the second year running pinning the blame on the bungled Covid 19 vaccination programme.

The Sydney music festival has now been postponed until 2022 due to the government’s “mismanagement of the COVID-19 situation”.

“We are as upset about this as you are!” the organisers wrote in a statement.

“Given the disappointingly slow rollout of the vaccine by the government, there is no confidence that we can keep all safe and proceed as planned at our festivals this May.

“The continuing mismanagement of the COVID-19 situation at all levels of government has led to numerous inconsistencies and ongoing broken promises by officials that ultimately affect the safety of our patrons, artists and our crews, both domestic and international.

“So much so that the situation presents too much to risk to go forward with the dates as planned at the end of April and into May 2021.”

Under The Southern Stars promoter Andrew McManus called on the community “to continue to believe in us” and asked ticket holders to hold onto their tickets until the first quarter of net year.

“We must protect our artists and patrons,” he said.

“We get it … how many times can the Australian system force another postponement?

“We sincerely apologise for the situation and ask once again for our loyal patrons to #keepyourticket and stay tuned. Not only for new dates, but we are planning on making Under The Southern Stars bigger and better. It will absolutely be worth the wait.”