The Byron Bay Bluefest is the latest major event to announce its cancellation, due to the government’s advice on mass gatherings.
From today, non-essential mass gatherings of 500 people or more are strongly advised against.
Over the weekend, the advice saw major events around the country cancelled, including many smaller local events as well.
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This morning, event organisers of Bluesfest took to social media to confirm that their Easter festival would not be able to go ahead, with the Executive Chairman Peter Noble posting the following:
“To everyone involved with Bluesfest,
“It is obvious we will not be on this Easter.
“We are heartbroken as we believed we were presenting one of the best ever bills of talent for you.
“I was in discussions right through last week with every headline – they all said they’re coming as long as nothing occurred to prevent them from doing so.
“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,” the post reads.