The Gympie Music Muster has been cancelled just weeks before its 40th anniversary.
In what is a “devastating” blow to the music industry, organisers have been forced to call off the four-day event due to the Coronavirus pandemic and border closures.
This the second year in a row the event has been cancelled.
Greg Cavanagh, chairman of the Gympie Music Muster, said that if the event was to proceed, it could put future years of the charity event in doubt.
“That’s exactly why we made this decision, we are in a strong financial position and we do have the cash to run an event in 2022,” Mr Cavanagh said.
“We would put the entire future of this festival in jeopardy if we charged ahead this year. It would be financially catastrophic for us.”
The Australian line-up for the event was set to include Lee Kernaghan, Kasey Chambers, Busby Marou, Troy Cassar-Daley and Graeme Connors.
All these artists are devastated by the cancellation and Graeme Connors and Troy Cassar-Daley expressed their sadness.
“This is where we all celebrate Australian music in an iconic location and to see it not happen feels like a major disruption to the entertainment industry and people who love Australian music,” Graeme Connors said.
He said all his energy had been on this year’s management.
Award-winning country artist Troy Cassar-Daley said, “COVID has torn the heart out of our music community and it’s such a shame that sporting events take precedence over our music festivals.
Muster operations and program manager OZ Bayldon hopes artists will return next year and has renewed calls for more support for the music industry.
Organisers are encouraging festival-goers to hold their tickets for a “bigger and better” celebration in 2022 but refunds will be available.
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Written by Rekha Kulen