Peter Williams, Chair of the Winter Blues Festival, would like to announce the following:
"We are sad to advise today that the July 2020 Echuca Moama Winter Blues Festival will not go ahead this year.
As you know Covid-19 has turned our world on its head. The Committee has consulted with stakeholders and closely followed the directions and expectations of the State and Federal Government about the easing of lockdown rules.
The Committee left the decision to cancel as late as possible with the hope that the Covid-19 situation and provisions may have eased sufficiently by the end of July, but, it became clear that significant restrictions are likely to still be in place come Festival time."
The Winter Blues Festival has been operating on the last weekend in July for 21 years and brings more than 20,000 people to the town. Mr Williams said "The Committee recognises that planning such a large gathering at this time is would not be wise. We would like to thank everyone who has contributed to planning for the 2020 Festival. We hope that our communities continue to stay safe and well. We plan to be back with a great line up of Blues music on 22 - 25 July 2021.”
The Winter Blues Festival is taking a financial hit of around $30,000 as most of the planning for this year’s event had been completed prior to lockdown. We are looking at ways that we may recover some of this loss to ensure that we can plan for 2021.
Please stay in touch with developments through our website: www.winterblues.com.au
which will be updated shortly.