Falls Music and Arts Festival have today confirmed that this year's event will not go ahead due to the persistent threat of COVID-19.
A statement from organisers circulated to the media today explained that current border restrictions, as well as prolonged infection rates, have prevented them from holding a festival around New Years as originally intended.
"Falls Festival will no longer be taking place this year," reads the statement. "In May, as the nation seemed to be moving into recovery mode, we were optimistic about forging ahead and supporting our local industry with an all Aussie edition of Falls Festival.
"We were especially excited to reunite many live music fans, get industry crew back on the job and contribute to the economies of the communities where Falls takes place.
"However, given the current status of things and border restrictions in place, it won’t be possible to hold Falls Festival in our regular New Year’s timeframe.
As we work with government stakeholders and key agencies to get Falls Festival back in the calendar, as always your safety is our priority. Consider this a raincheck and please know we will be back with more information as it comes to hand.
In the meantime, we’re sending love to our Victorian Falls community. Hang in there! And to all of our Falls fam, stay well and safe. We hope to be with you all again soon."
Back in May, Falls organisers announced their intentions to curate a 'limited edition' all-Australian lineup in order to go ahead with the beloved music festival, which is typically held in Byron Bay, Lorne, Marion Bay and Fremantle. The festival were also forced to cancel their Lorne leg late last due to the threat of bushfires around the festival site.
Head to the Falls Festival website to find out more.