The 20th anniversary of the three-day fest will be pushed back to July 2021, effectively skipping a year.
“We have been monitoring the situation closely for the past few months and while Australia is now moving into the recovery phase, there is no timeline yet around the opening of international borders,” say Ducrou and Piticco, co-CEOs of Secret Sounds, in a statement.
As a result, and “with our audience interests front and centre," the message continues, "we must announce the reschedule to 2021 now.”
The next edition of Splendour is now penciled on for July 23-25, at North Byron Parklands.
The 2020 edition was meant to feature headliners Flume, The Strokes and Tyler, The Creator, and a deep bill of international and local acts including Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Midnight Oil (The Makarrata Project), Glass Animals, Denzel Curry, Duke Dumont Live, Violent Soho, Mura Masa and King Krule.
“We intend to rebook as many of the 2020 artists as possible and we have started to work through that process,” Ducrou and Piticco add.
Also on Wednesday, more than 1,000 of the country’s leading artists, music companies, captains of industry and employees from across the sector signed an open letter imploring the federal government to “come to our aid.”
The nation’s music community is devastated by the health crisis which has cost A$340 million in lost earnings, based on calculations reported by I Lost My Gig, a reporting platform established by The Australian Music Industry Network and the Australian Festival Association to tally the impact of bushfire and the health crisis Down Under.
Though large scale events are still a long way off, Brisbane venue The Zoo announced a series of COVIDsafe shows from next month. The productions will operate under the Anti-Social banner with the 500-capacity room reduced to 100.