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Event postponement

We're absolutely gutted...

It's with deep regret and sadness to inform you that River Sounds will not be going ahead on January 14-15, 2022. After much deliberation, the River Sounds Management Team have decided to postpone the event in response to the increasing number of Covid cases and hospitalisations in NSW, and due to the reintroduction of capacity restrictions for indoor venues - which impacts one of the Festival stages. 

 

Bellingen is a very small community with a population of 4000 people. Staging an event with over 2000 attendees in a town the size of Bellingen during the current Covid crisis is an irresponsible decision. As the event organiser and Bellingen local, I'm not prepared to place the local community at risk of a potential super-spreader event. 

 

In addition, two River Sounds artists have confirmed they're currently Covid positive, and two members of the River Sounds Crew are close contacts. These people are currently in isolation. It's very likely that additional artists and event staff will test positive over the next couple of weeks, which presents a significant risk for the event. 

 

This decision has been an incredibly difficult one. But, ultimately postponement is the best course of action. Apart from the risks raised above, the other major concern is the very real possibility that NSW Health or the Police shut down the event 1 or 2 days out, or during the festival. If this was to happen it would be disastrous for all involved. 

 

River Sounds will be rescheduled for late August or early September 2022, with the line-up expected to be maintained. We will be announcing the new dates and confirming the lineup in the coming weeks. Stay tuned to our socials for the latest updates. 

 

If you can afford to hold your tickets for the new event date, please do so. Many of our artists and arts workers have already been paid. By keeping your tickets you’ll be supporting the music industry and helping to ensure the future of River Sounds. In saying that, refunds will be provided for anyone wanting this option. Please direct all refund enquiries to hello@gigbig.com.au and quote your Humantix order number.

 

We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this decision may cause, and we can't thank you enough for supporting River Sounds. Hang in there folks, we will get through these shitty times. 

 

Stay safe,

Ben Lewis

River Sounds Festival Director