Lunar Electric Music Festival canceled due to growing number of COVID cases in Newcastle | Newcastle Herald

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The LUNAR Electric music festival, which was scheduled to take place in Newcastle this weekend, has been canceled due to rapid growth in the number of Hunter’s COVID cases. “It took a few years to prepare for this one. We were disturbed a few times by bushfires and heat – then COVID,” said festival founder and general manager Simon Leigh before the cancellation of the event. event Thursday. The sold-out festival, which was capped by organizers at 12,000, reportedly saw performers such as Kerser, Bliss n Eso, Tigerlilly, Timmy Trumpet and Hooligan Hefs perform between two stages – one in Foreshore Park and one in Camp Shortland. Mr Leigh issued a joint statement with co-director Shaun Dunn following the cancellation, saying they “will not be rescheduling the Newcastle festival”. “We are devastated by the result. The Lunar Electric Music Festival in Newcastle was meant to be an event to bring that much-needed joy and release from the hardships endured across the state over the past two years,” the statement said. “We are currently working on the refund process and all ticket holders will be notified as soon as possible.” Newcastle State member Tim Crakanthorp sent a letter to Health Minister Brad Hazzard on Thursday morning asking NSW Health to “undertake a full risk assessment” of the event. “Significant concerns have been expressed about this festival given the COVID-19 outbreak in Newcastle and the speed at which it has moved,” the letter reads. Mr Crakanthorp told the Newcastle Herald he “did not see how this festival could play out in good conscience”. “This epidemic has already had a devastating effect and local households and businesses cannot afford to isolate more people or jeopardize the health and safety of others,” he said. “Common sense has prevailed. I am relieved that NSW Health has agreed with our community that the risk is too great.” The event was canceled late Thursday afternoon by public health decree. NSW Health considered the continued spread of COVID-19 in the Newcastle area, where the record-breaking majority of cases are the worrying Omicron variant, poses too great a risk for the festival to take place this weekend an NSW health spokesperson said. According to organizers, this would have been the fifth and largest Lunar Electrical music festival since its launch in 2018 in Port Macquarie. The Gold Coast hosted two iterations of the festival in March and November of this year. “It was amazing to have performers on stage again,” Leigh said at Camp Shortland on Thursday as event staff prepared for the yet-to-be-canceled festival. “All the people you see around building our event are people who haven’t had a job for two years. So they’re also excited to be back and make a living.” The annulment comes at the back of a 20-year-old man fined $ 10,000 for allegedly violating segregation orders. IN THE NEWS: Our reporters work hard to provide local and up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:


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