This year's Splendour in the Grass festival is cancelled. It may not come as a complete surprise given the multitude of live music cancellations this year, due to health concerns over coronavirus. But today organisers made it official.
"After a great deal of consideration and with the interest of our beloved fans front and centre, Splendour in the Grass will move the 20th Anniversary event forward to July 2021," they announced via Facebook.
"We intend to re-book as many of the 2020 artists as possible and we have started to work through that process."
They advised would-be attendees to retain their tickets if they wish to attend next July. And support live music in the process.
"All 2020 tickets will be valid for Splendour 2021 edition."
Organisers had initially postponed SITG 2020 until October. It would have marked 20 years of the festival. But, as per many birthdays this year, the update implies that celebrations will be postponed.
For those not able to attend in July next year, organisers have advised that Moshtix will be in touch on how to apply for a refund. 'Pre-loved' tickets will be available for pre-sale from 12pm AEST on Thursday June 11, for those who are eager to secure theirs for SITG 2021.
The initial 2020 lineup should provide at least a hint of who'll be playing. Think Tyler, the Creator, the Strokes and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Plus King Krule, King Princess, Thelma Plum and Cub Sport.
SITG's official cancellation comes after a multitude of other festivals announced they'd be pressing pause for this year. Coachella has been cancelled for 2020, as has Pitchfork Festival, Glastonbury and South By South West.
In short, it's a difficult time for the music industry. If you want to support, it helps to hang on to your postponed tickets, rather than seeking a refund. Or donate to Support Act to help provide crisis relief and mental health support to those affected.