Mere weeks after it was first announced, the upcoming shows as part of The Drive-In concert series have been cancelled, organisers have revealed.
First revealed in mid June, the first of these dates were set to kick off on Friday, July 10th, and were set to take place at Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse.
With artists such as Baker Boy, Lime Cordiale, Alex Lahey, Ball Park Music, and more set to perform, these shows were on track to be some of the first mass musical gatherings seen in quite some time.
Unfortunately, organisers have now revealed “with a heavy heart” that these upcoming dates have now been cancelled due to an increased outbreak of COVID-19 cases.
“Unfortunately the current COVID-19 outbreaks in Victoria that have sent many hotspot areas (within close proximity to our venue) into lockdown have prevented the safe execution of this event,” explained Untitled Group, organisers of The Drive-In series.
“The safety of our patrons, staff and artists is our top priority and after consulting with various experts and officials this tough, but necessary decision was made. Further to immediate health concerns, the possibility of artists being able to travel interstate is becoming increasingly uncertain and in some cases is now impossible.”
While refunds will be made available to all ticketholders (with details set to arrive by email from Monday, July 6th), Untitled Group expressed their gratitude to everyone who had supported them during this endeavour, and noted they’re now looking ahead to future events later in the year.
“We want to particularly thank everyone who bought a ticket & supported our endeavour to keep the music industry alive during these testing times,” they explained. “The Drive-in was set to create over 250 jobs per event & inject over $2 million dollars into a much suffering sector of our economy and we are devastated with this outcome.
“We are keeping our heads held high, and will redirect our focus towards summer festivals with optimism.”
The Drive-In 2020
Friday, July 10th
Owl Eyes Saturday, July 11th
Alice Skye Sunday, July 12th
Mwanjé Thursday, July 16th
Creature Fear Friday, July 17th
Set Mo Saturday, July 18th
Micra Sunday, July 19th
Lime Cordiale Friday, July 24th
Ball Park Music
Big Words Saturday, July 25th
Northeast Party House
London Top Sunday, July 26th
Close Counters Friday, July 10th – Sunday, July 26th (Cancelled)
Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne, VIC
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