Splendour in the Grass has become victim yet again to Australia’s Covid-19 situation, with festival organisers forced to reschedule the event for a fourth time to July 2022.
The 20th iteration of the beloved three-day festival, which is held at the North Byron Parklands, was initially planned for July 2020. It was then pushed back to October 2020, then July 2021 before being pushed back again to November 2021.
On Friday, amid the ongoing NSW lockdown, organisers announced that due to the country’s vaccine rollout progressing “more slowly than anticipated”, the festival would be moved yet again to Friday 22, Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 July, 2022.
Co-founders Jessica Ducrou and Paul Piticco said they were confident the fifth attempt would enable the festival to finally go ahead.
“More of the population will be vaccinated, international talent will have the ability to enter the country more freely, and we’ll be able to deliver the Splendour in the Grass that you know and love,” they said in a statement.
“Our hearts go out to everyone affected by the recent outbreak and lockdowns. We encourage you to get vaccinated if, or as soon as, you are eligible both for your safety and those around you.”
In a pointed message to the Federal Government, the duo said Australia’s live music industry is on its knees, and the added pressure of no JobKeeper or wage subsidy is having “a major impact on the livelihoods of everyone within the sector”.
“Our industry is in desperate need of government help,” they said.
“We send a heartfelt thanks to all our of Splendour community for sticking with us during this time … Please retain your tickets and support live music if you wish to attend Splendour in July.”
The international headliners Gorillaz, The Strokes and Tyler, The Creator have all confirmed they will retain their spots at the rescheduled festival.
The move comes just days after Bluesfest organisers were forced to push back their five-day festival yet again from October to April.
And, on Thursday, Jimmy Barnes announced the cancellation of his national tour, despite having already sold more than 20,000 tickets.
“Hopefully if we all do the right things and get vaccinated as soon as possible then we’ll be enjoying gigs together before too much longer,” he said in a statement.