"Australian live performers will begin the new year with no safety net, as
extreme weather, further disruptions from Covid-19 and rising costs threaten
the viability of the peak festival season.
Meanwhile, the federal government’s $22m scheme designed to provide Covid
insurance for live events was redundant before it had a chance to kick in and
there appears to be nothing in the pipeline to replace it over the summer.
More than a dozen music festivals have been cancelled this year due to heavy
rain and storms brought on by La Niña weather patterns, including Strawberry
in the Riverina, The Grass is Greener
in Canberra and Geelong,
Bendigo’s Almost Summer
and both This That
festivals in New South Wales and
Queensland. The first day of Splendour in the Grass
in Byron Bay was
cancelled after a washout and Wollongong’s Yours and Owls
With warnings mounting over a new Covid wave in the new year and the Bureau of
Meteorology not predicting an end to La Niña until late summer, the live
performance and festival sector has been left crippled – with no return to
normal in sight."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics