This year’s Bluesfest has been cancelled due to coronavirus concerns following the government’s banning of large gatherings and events along with requiring 14 days of self-isolation for everyone entering Australia. The festival was scheduled to run from Thursday, 9th April through to Tuesday, 14th April this year.
“It is obvious we will not be on this Easter. We are heartbroken as we believe we were presenting one of the best ever bills of talent for you. I was in discussions right through last week with every headliner – they ALL said they’re coming as long as nothing occurred to prevent them from doing so,” commented Executive Chairman Peter Noble in a statement on the festival’s Facebook page today.
“That is the level of commitment that our artists have, and I am proud of that. I must now thank every one of you for supporting us. The emails and posts are deeply appreciated at this time. We are now working through how to move forward and to give you details. I thank you for allowing us enough time to get everything in place for the best possible outcome for everyone.”
On Sunday (15th March), organisers commented that the “a matter that will greatly affect both our future at Bluesfest, as well as the entire Entertainment Industry.”
This year’s festival was scheduled to be headlined by the likes of Dave Matthews Band, Crowded House and Patti Smith.
More on this as it develops.