In what's touted as a world first, Australian promoters Macro Music are presenting a brand new COVID Safe music festival for 5000 punters in regional WA next month.
Locked in to go down on Saturday October 31 in Busselton, WA, Good Day Sunshine will be headlined by the likes of John Butler, Josh Pyke and Xavier Rudd, and will also feature sets from Vikki Thorn, Kyle Lionhart, Dulcie and Moon & Honey.
Logistically, Good Day Sunshine is actually incredibly thought out, and definitely doesn't look as alien as some of the European COVID Safe festival concepts we've seen in recent months. Perhaps most enticingly, the festival stage is set in the round on a revolving platter, with performers slowly rotating in the centre of the stage to ensure all crowdgoers get a good view.
As per the video below, the audience zoning being split between four different sections with a capacity of 1250 pax each, which in addition to following WA's current 2sqm per person restrictions, also decreases risk of virus spread and lowers the numbers for contract tracing if an outbreak does happen.
There's also seperate entry, exit and amenities for each zone - named Cobblestones, Windmills, The Point & Injidup - with each area essentially being treated as its own event.
In a statement lauding the concept of the festival, Macro Music's CEO Ross Macpherson said “We are excited to roll out this format for Good Day Sunshine. It will be great to have music events of a larger capacity rolling in Australia again.
"We have been working with the local council, police, health and various other stakeholders to ensure the format complies with the current COVID guidelines for WA. All have been incredibly supportive of our ideas. We will be monitoring the situation, and we are in constant contact with the relevant stakeholders. Should the situation in WA change, we will work to whatever guidelines are needed. The health and safety of our patrons and the state of WA are our top priority. And of course, if a situation arises that prevents us from going ahead, we will be prepared to refund tickets.
"I would be flattered if this format was to be used by other events in Australia and across the world. The sooner we can get large scale live events back up and running, the better for everyone. I am excited to see what innovation comes from this pandemic; it is a great opportunity for some creative thinking from the live music community.”
Head to Good Day Sunshine to find out more and get your tickets.