The land down under is considered one of the world’s best destinations for quality music festivals. Unfortunately, the global COVID-19 pandemic has temporarily put a stop to the music festival industry, with many artists and DJs now venturing online to find work in the form of live-streams and interviews.
This article will look at a couple of Australia’s most celebrated music festivals that had been slated for 2020, and their respective fates in light of the global pandemic.
Splendour in the Grass
One of Australia’s biggest festivals, Splendour in the Grass, was set to hold its 20th-anniversary edition on July 24 of this year.
The remarkable venue, North Byron Parklands, has always attracted huge crowds for the festival’s impressive line-ups, which literally perform “in the grass.”
Camping facilities are set up for this festival, which features local artwork, crafts, and gourmet cuisine. This year, the line-up was set to include such notable acts as Flume, The Strokes, Tyler the Creator, Midnight Oil, and King Krule.
But due to the coronavirus pandemic, Splendour in the Grass has been pushed back to October 23 for a special, one-off spring edition.
Wide Open Space
Located about an hour’s drive from Alive Springs at Ross River Resort, Wide Open Space was gearing up to hold its 11th annual festival later this year.
The venue features cabin accommodations, food and beverage facilities, pools, areas for children, campsites, and, of course, sound stages.
While the centre of Australia is often jokingly referred to as the “middle of nowhere,” the organisers of this music festival prefer to describe it as the “middle of everywhere.”
Wide Open Space usually features star-studded line-ups, along with art and performance workshops. The upcoming festival is set to include Sampa the Great, Briggs, and Opiuo.
But as a result of the coronavirus, the festival has been postponed until April 30 of next year.