Organisers of the Queenscliff Music Festival have moved to cancel this year’s event.
Due to be held in the last weekend in November, the festival had organisers exploring every option to continue.
“Over the past few weeks we have been exploring all options for a November 2021 event to go ahead, including running a demonstration event in reduced format, showing how events could safely return, with proof of vaccination, social distancing etc,” festival director Andrew Orvis said in a statement.
“Sadly, time has run out, and without a Victorian Public Events Framework in place against which our event application can be assessed or access to event cancellation insurance our event cannot proceed.
“It’s a risky business to start organising an event, spend significant amounts of money in advance, and then have the potential for it to be shut down at the last minute. If this was to happen to QMF it would threaten our ability to be here in 2022.”
All current ticket holders will be contacted separately via email regarding the ticket transfer and refund process.
Current QMF 2021 tickets will automatically transfer and become valid for QMF 2022 unless you wish to receive a refund.
“We would encourage those of you who can to transfer your ticket to QMF 2022,” Mr Orvis said.
“A huge amount of gratitude to those of you who will be hanging on to your tickets purchased way back in March 2020. Holding on to your tickets is a huge help for us, and guarantees you won’t pay more for a ticket next year. We won’t be offering tickets at a price cheaper than you’ve already purchased them for.”