Bluesfest has made the call to cancel their 2021 event totally today, refering to the vulnerability around the COVID-19 flare-ups the nation is presently dealing with. At first, set to go ahead in Easter of this current year before being deferred only a day from opening, it was subsequently planned for October.
Bluesfest Director Peter Noble finished his most recent media releases on one of the only positive notes an ordinary celebration fan may discover in the obvious declaration of the event’s second delay this year: planning was in progress for the 2022 program.
Bluesfest typically occurred over the Easter holiday yet was cancelled in 2020 and deferred at basically the last moment in 2021 because of COVID-19 limitations.
Nonetheless, following prior worries that they would need to delay, Bluesfest Festival Director Peter Noble OAM affirmed the news in a statement recently (August 17), uncovering that Bluesfest will currently go ahead on Friday, April 15 – Monday 18 one year from now.
“It is obvious that we cannot present Bluesfest in a safe manner in October, so we have re-scheduled back to our usual timing with dates over the Easter Long Weekend next year; a time we expect things to be returning to normal,” Noble said.
“We are a resilient bunch. We have worked so hard since May 2019 to make Bluesfest happen and, guess what, we are not giving up. We are immensely proud of who we are: we are proud of the Bluesfest name and what that represents, immensely proud, and we are already looking forward to Easter.
“I thought this decision would be hard to make, but it was the reverse. The safety and protection of our loyal Bluesfesters, our festival staff, our performers, our volunteers, stallholders, and suppliers is paramount, and I will not put anyone at risk right now. So the decision to re-schedule was a ‘no-brainer’.”
With all of NSW in a lengthy lockdown and the state’s premier saying she didn’t expect COVID-19 vaccination focuses to be acknowledged until October or November, Mr. Noble on Tuesday reported Bluesfest’s October 2021 event was off.
Bluesfest 2022 was planned to be a four-day event beginning Friday 15 April yet with a ‘special event’ happening Thursday 14th, and because of the end Monday 18 April, the official Easter long weekend.
This will be the first time Bluesfest will go ahead since its 2019 iteration, following its 2020 cancellation toward the start of the pandemic. The lineup remains for the most part equivalent to expected for the October event, including Midnight Oil, Paul Kelly, Jimmy Barnes, Pete Murray, Kasey Chambers, and more.
Be that as it may, a few acts reserved for 2021 won’t be returning one year from now, including Tash Sultana, Ocean Alley, and The Cat Empire.
The 2022 lineup likewise sees a series of acts from both Australia and New Zealand added, including Fat Freddy’s Drop, John Williamson, C.W. Stoneking, and Josh Teskey, and Ash Grunwald.
While all demonstrations right now on the bill are from one or the other Australia or New Zealand, Noble affirmed that if artists from different nations are allowed to visit, Bluesfest “will be presenting them!”
The postponement of Bluesfest back in April caused a nationwide deficiency of $181.2million, per a new report delivered by Reuben Lawrence Consulting. This number is somewhat lower than the estimated economic losses from the celebration’s cancelled 2020 event, which coordinators cost NSW’s economy $203.6 million, including $116.9 million in indirect tourism expenditure.