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Falls Festival Marion Bay Cancelled Amidst Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic

Falls Festival will not hold an event in Marion Bay, Tasmania for the first time since it ventured outside of Victoria in 2003.

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For the first time since 2003, Falls Festival will not hold an event in Marion Bay, Tasmania.

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Falls Festival organisers have today revealed that their next run of dates will be a little shorter than usual, with the Tasmanian leg of the annual festival being cancelled for the 2020/2021 season.

The news was announced by organisers earlier today, who explained that the decision was made in order to ensure the “long term viability” of the festival moving forward.

“After much consideration, we have made the difficult decision to not operate Falls Festival Marion Bay this year,” a statement read. “During these unprecedented times, and like most industries, we must adjust our business operations to allow us the best opportunity for long term viability. ”

“To be clear this is not a goodbye, more a ‘see you soon’ to Tasmania,” it continued. “Confirming we are planning to operate Falls Festival Dec 2020 / Jan 2021 in NSW, VIC and WA and remain hopeful that we will be in a position to come back to Marion Bay in the future.”

As organisers added in their statement, the Marion Bay leg of the Falls Festival has operated since 2003, when it became the first interstate leg of the Victorian-born festival. The annual event expanded twice more since, with Byron Bay and Fremantle being added to the roster as the years went by.

Currently, there’s no word as to exact lineup details or dates for the 2020/2021 edition of the Falls Festival, though organisers announced back in May that they were working towards a “home grown” edition of the festival in order to not only aid the local music community, but ensure that their lineup isn’t affected by international travel bans.

“We have some of the most exciting acts in the world and this special ‘home grown’ edition of Falls will ensure that money stays in our local economy, providing maximum financial benefit for the Australian music community – artists, management, crew, agents, roadies, production etc – as well as the thousands of contractors and suppliers who rely on our events for their income,” a statement at the time read.

It currently remains to be seen whether additional legs of the Falls Festival will be affected for the upcoming year, though details regarding its lineup and dates are expected in the coming months.

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