As the country continues to battle COVID outbreaks and border restrictions change almost weekly, the event organisers of Groovin The Moo have made the difficult decision to postpone their 2021 series of festivals till next year.
"It is with a heavy heart that we need to postpone Groovin The Moo for the second year," Steve Halpin from Cattleyard Promotions says.
"We're really going to miss GTM and not being able to spend another year with our crews, artists, team members, suppliers and you.
"We know it has been a very strange and tough time for everyone. We are so grateful to all of you who kept your GTM 2020 ticket – refund information will be sent out soon.
"We know it's a big ask, but if you're able to hold on to your ticket a bit longer, it will really help us in welcoming GTM back next year. Thank you to each and every one of you for sticking with us – we can't wait to return in 2022."
While that is plenty of bad news to digest, Cattleyard Promotions aren't allowing 2021 to be a fallow period entirely – they will debut a new, limited capacity show titled Fresh Produce
, which has been designed to co-exist within the current, ever-changing conditions that COVID has brought.
Scheduled to appear at GTM regions Townsville, Bunbury, Maitland, Canberra, Bendigo and Wayville, as well as cropping up in two new locations (Toowoomba and Glenorchy), Fresh Produced has received partial funding from the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Government initiative.
Fresh Produce will focus on local talent across a diverse range of flavours with a single-stage set-up allowing for seated or standing punters (whatever is relevant to individual state requirements of the day).
"Our team is very excited to be developing a new show that highlights the ripest pickings from multiple regions around the country," Steve Halpin says.
"We can't wait to feature all things fresh and support local communities in our familiar stomping grounds and our two new regional spots."
Stay tuned for more Fresh Produce information including line-up and ticketing details.
Fresh Produce 2021 Tour Dates
13-14 Aug - Murray Sports Complex (Townsville)20-21 Aug - Hay Park (Bunbury)
27-28 Aug - Maitland Showground3-4 Sep - Toowoomba Showgrounds10-11 Sep - Hobart Showground17-18 Sep - Exhibition Park In Canberra24-25 Sep - Prince of Wales Showground (Bendigo)1-2 Oct - Adelaide Showground