Falls Festival Byron Bay is the latest major event to fall victim to COVID-19.
Organisers of the annual festival announced today that the much-loved event has been cancelled for 2020.
“In May, as the nation seemed to be moving into recovery mode, we were optimistic about forging ahead and supporting our local industry with an all Aussie edition of Falls Festival,” they wrote in a post on social media.
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“We were especially excited to reunite many live music fans, get industry crew back on the job, and contribute to the economies of the communities where Falls takes place.”
However, organisers revealed the re-emergence of the virus in many Australian states and the border closures made it impossible to go ahead.
“Given the current status of things and border restrictions in place, it won’t be possible to hold Falls Festival in our regular New Year’s timeframe,” organisers said.
The popular musical festival is held at the North Byron Parklands every year, with thousands of people flocking to the area to ring in the new year.
Organisers revealed they’re desperately working to keep the party going and are currently in the middle of trying to establish a new date.
“As we work with government stakeholders and key agencies to get Falls Festival back in the calendar, as always your safety is our priority,” they said.
“Consider this a raincheck, and please know we will be back with more information as it comes to hand.”
The post ended with a heartfelt message to residents in Victoria, who remain in a Stage Four lockdown.
“In the meantime, we’re sending love to our Victorian Falls community. Hang in there! And to all of our Falls fam, stay well and safe. We hope to be with you all again soon.”