Originally set to take place in April 2020, the festival series has been postponed again.
What you need to know
- Under the Southern Stars has been postponed until 2022
- The festival series was set to kick off on Friday April 30 in Wollongong
- The likes of Cheap Trick, Bush and Stone Temple Pilots were set to perform
Catch up on the latest festival news here.
Under the Southern Stars had just announced the addition of Cheap Trick to the lineup in February in place of Live, with Stone Temple Pilots, Bush, Rose Tattoo and Electric Mary the others set to perform.
But the situation was taken out of the festival’s hands.
“Given the disappointingly slow roll-out of the vaccine by the government, there is no confidence that we can keep all safe and proceed as planned at our festivals this May,” the festival said in a statement.
“The continuing mismanagement of the COVID-19 situation at all levels of government has led to numerous inconsistencies and on-going broken promises by officials that ultimately affect the safety of our patrons, artists and our crews, both domestic and international. So much so that the situation presents too much to risk to go forward with the dates as planned at the end of April and into May 2021.”
Under the Southern Stars admitted that the recent cancellation of Bluesfest didn’t help with their cause to go ahead.
“The very recent eleventh hour cancellation of Byron Bay Bluesfest by the NSW government on the eve of the landmark festival’s start date over Easter was an incredibly disheartening display of what could possibly happen to our patrons, artists and crews – being left stranded high and dry only moments before one of our events is set to kick off. We wish to protect all, and avoid a situation such as this.”
Under the Southern Stars’ promoter, Andrew McManus, provided his own statement, asking for ticketholders and fans to keep faith in the festival.
“We ask you all to continue to believe in us. We must protect our artists and patrons,” McManus said. “We get it … how many times can the Australian system force another postponement? So we are making the hard decision to reschedule Under the Southern Stars to the first quarter of 2022 and ask that all our valued supporters hold on to their tickets and in return we will be announcing some truly exciting additions to the lineup and festival circuit!”
A full announcement of the rescheduled dates, additions to the lineup and more, will be revealed in the coming weeks.
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Info on the rescheduled festival dates will be made available via Under the Southern Stars’ website.