Melbourne’s ‘The Drive-In’ concert series has been cancelled due to a latest spike in instances of COVID-19 all through the town.
In a press assertion, representatives of Untitled Group – who organised the concert series – mentioned that it was not secure to go forward due to its shut proximity to hotspot suburbs.
“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,” the assertion learn.
“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.”
Untitled Group additionally laid out how the occasion would have boosted the financial system within the assertion
“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,” the assertion learn.
Ball Park Music, who had been set to play the occasion, reacted to the cancellation on Twitter, writing: “we’re gutted to have these shows cancelled but of course it’s the right thing to do.”
The concert series was set to happen from subsequent Friday (July 10) with concert events occurring each Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening up to July 26. Alex Lahey, Baker Boy, Lime Cordiale and extra had been all set to play.