By Renee Wood
The Marysville Music Weekend committee has made the tough decision to postpone the upcoming October event due to lockdown six.
Festival director Bill Bate said it was disappointing for the team to push back the almost sold out event but it wasn’t viable to go ahead while restrictions continue in Greater Melbourne.
“We were really reliant on people coming from Melbourne and tourism in Marysville relies on that,” Mr Bate said.
“A lot of the ticket holders were Metro or people who are still in lockdown and it was just at the point where we couldn’t guarantee that we were going to be able to do it.”
It’s the second year in a row the long standing festival’s been affected be the Pandemic with last years event cancelled entirely.
“I think some artists are struggling with their identity because that’s the way they identify themselves as musicians and playing musicians. Those phone calls are hard to make.”
However, the volunteer subcommittee of the Marysville Lions Club is committed to still hosting this year’s program, locking in a new date for March 11-13 2022.
Refunds are being offered but ticket holders are being encouraged to hold on to their passes to ensure their place at the new date, when the town comes alive with music.
“It’s a really great time to be in Marysville and it’s an amazing line up of really talented musician. So you’re going to see some amazing music and a great weekend away in a little country town.”
The same line up will go ahead with potential for the program to be extended. Mr Bate said the team will forge ahead and ensure they’re supporting the live music industry and providing entertainment for Victorians.
Roots duo Pierce Brothers will remain a headliner along side leading jazz man James Morrison. Geoff Achison, Freya Josephine Hollick and many more have also all confirmed their attendance.
The four concert sessions will be held at the Marysville Community Centre Stadium.
“We have a role to play in trying to allow musicians to continue to apply their craft and in bringing musicians back to playing on stage.”
Ticket sales are currently on pause while the team finalises numbers but sales will resume again soon.