Major music festival Grapevine Gathering cancelled four days out due to NSW restrictions

The Grapevine Gathering music festival in NSW has been cancelled just four days before it was due to take place in the Hunter Valley.

Organisers estimate the cancellation, which they say has been caused by the NSW Government’s sudden change to restrictions, will cost the greater Hunter Valley region $5.2 million, with tens of thousands of people affected.

The organisers have apologised for the late notice in cancelling the festival, saying the NSW Government’s public health order that bans singing and dancing was only changed to include outdoor events last night.

“Grapevine Gathering NSW has had an approved COVIDsafe plan for months and we have been in constant communication with the NSW Government regarding all required safety measures,” a spokesperson said.

“This is a devastating blow not only to the live music industry, but also to regional tourism. A projected loss of over $5.2 million to the greater Hunter Valley region is expected from this cancellation.

“Over 1400 jobs are now lost across our artists, food vendors, security, production crew, ticketing staff and more who were deep in preparation for the weekend.”

Hunter Valley, NSW
The festival was going to take place in the Hunter Valley region. (iStock)

Around 16,000 people were expected to attend the festival, with many having already organised transport and accommodation for it.

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The organisers have announced all ticket holders will be refunded.

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