It’s been an emotional rollercoaster ride for Perth fans of Ball Park Music, beginning when the band bowed out of the city’s Wine Machine festival after being cockblocked by the western state’s harsh border restrictions.
“Unfortunately despite the best efforts of everyone involved it’s not going to be possible for us to travel to WA for the show,” the band posted on social media yesterday.
“After looking forward to playing this show for almost a year, of course we’re devastated and really sorry to our fans in the West that we won’t be able to perform for you.”
Lots of love, Ball Park pic.twitter.com/V5Vjxuo6hW
— Ball Park Music (@ballparkmusic) October 18, 2021
The Wine Machine organisers also issued their own statement, confirming Ball Park Music were not approved to “facilitate a quarantined travel hub”, despite following the same protocols as athletes visiting the state.
“Despite an ENORMOUS effort that stretched over months of trying our application to facilitate a quarantined travel hub mirroring practices of touring sports teams, our application for BPM was rejected,” Wine Machine posted in their Facebook event, clearly frustrated at the double standard.
“We fought very hard to be one of the first in entertainment to make this happen but sadly different rules apply. The band are as devo as we are about it.”
However, in a joyous plot twist, Ball Park Music have just been re-added to the festival, following a border backflip by WA Premier Mark McGowan!
“MASSIVE NEWS – McGowan has just announced the border with QLD is now dropping on Friday meaning we are officially re-adding Ball Park Music to the lineup!” organisers wrote this evening.
“Welcome back Ball Park. What a journey! Set-times dropping any minute, keep your eyes peeled. BEST. ROLLER-COASTER. EVER!”
And the cherry on top of it all? Local faves Spacey Jane , who had agreed to tag in for BPM at the festival this Saturday alongside Eskimo Joe, Hayden James, Hot Dub Time Machine & more will be staying put on the lineup – meaning even more fun to be had!
Check the post below!