World-first COVID-safe music festival announced for Australia

World-first COVID-safe music festival announced for Australia

Image by Vonecia Carswell
Words by Tom Parker

From the WA promoters Macro Music.

A world-first COVID-safe festival is set to hit Western Australia in October with Macro Music announcing the inaugural edition of Good Day Sunshine.

Going down on Saturday October 31 in Busselton, the event will be capped at 5,000 people and split into four separate areas, each named after famous surf spots in the region – Cobblestones, Windmills, The Point and Injidup. At the centre of the festival there will be a revolving stage, aptly named The Turntable Stage.

Each of the four sections will be split into 1,250-people capacities to decrease the risk of any spread of COVID-19 and allow Good Day Sunshine to operate at Western Australia’s current spacing restrictions of two square metres per person.

With each area operating as its own individual event, with its own entry, exit and amenities, punters will be able to select which area they want to be in prior to the event via a secure online booking system. Once they have chosen their area, the festival-goer must remain in that section for the entirety of the event.

“We are excited to roll out this format for Good Day Sunshine. It will be great to have music events of a larger capacity rolling in Australia again,” said Macro Music CEO Ross Macpherson. “We have been working with the local council, police, health and various other stakeholders to ensure the format complies with the current COVID guidelines for WA. All have been incredibly supportive of our ideas.

“We will be monitoring the situation, and we are in constant contact with the relevant stakeholders. Should the situation in WA change, we will work to whatever guidelines are needed. The health and safety of our patrons and the state of WA are our top priority. And of course, if a situation arises that prevents us from going ahead, we will be prepared to refund tickets.”

The first lineup has also been announced for the event with the likes of John Butler, Xavier Rudd, Josh Pyke, Vikki Thorn, Kyle Lionhart, Dulcie and Moon & Honey set to perform.

Check out a walk-through of the event below.

Good Day Sunshine goes down in Busselton, WA, on Saturday October 31. More info here.

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