And we thought 2020 was a dud year!
With the ever-changing rhetoric from our state and federal leaders around border closures and lockdowns, we have made the heartbreaking decision to postpone BBF for a full 12 months to July 15-17 2022.
The show will feature the same line-up (The Smith Street Band, Bodyjar, 28 Days, Wagons, Jess Locke and DJ Mermaid) and likely a much-expanded brewer programme as internal borders should be well and truly open by then.
Unfortunately, it seems in the past month that governments have become resigned to the notion that we need a near-fully vaccinated population to guarantee anything, and that clearly ain't happening anytime soon...
Add this uncertainty to the complete lack of a safety net in South Australia for events – forced to shut down, postpone or cancel at the drop of a hat as a result of health directions – we feel it just wouldn't be fair to our brewers, BBQ vendors, artists or ourselves to push ahead with BBF in September. The threat is just too real that we could be shut down at any stage, just like we were last week.
We are shattered and can't believe that somehow the events industry seems to be in a worse position now than it was at the beginning of 2021!
Your ticket will absolutely be valid for the gig in July '22, and we'll be allowing you to trade them in-between sessions if you want or need to in the leadup to the festival to whatever date best suits you! Of course, we are offering refunds to all ticket holders (check your emails for details on how to go about registering for one). In saying that, we do, however, strongly encourage any and all to hold on to their tickets if they are able.
If you or anyone you know is an artist, supplier, crew member, or event business, please hang in there. We encourage you to fill in the 'I Lost My Gig' survey that will continue to help those advocating for ongoing industry support here > www.ilostmygig.net.au. For an idea of the impact COVID has had on the live events industry, the survey recorded a $345 million loss between March and mid-2020 alone!
Until next year, drink great beer, support your local restaurants and pubs, go see live music when you are able and get there early and drink the venues dry (responsibly).
2022 is gonna be one hell of a party!