As Victoria's continuing rise in coronavirus cases mounts, the recently announced series The Drive-In has been forced to cancel their entire programme of upcoming events.
Acts that had been scheduled to perform
include Client Liaison, Winston Surfshirt, Baker Boy, Lime Cordiale, Running Touch and Ball Park Music.
Curated by the team behind Beyond The Valley, Ability Fest and Grapevine Gathering, The Drive-In was set to create more than 250 jobs per event and inject $2 million into the music sector. It's yet another blow for an already devastated local scene.
Statement from Untitled Group:
'It is with a heavy heart that we must announce the cancellation of all upcoming events at The Drive-In.
'Unfortunately the current COVID-19 outbreaks in Victoria that have sent many hotspot areas (within close proximity to our venue) into lockdown have prevented the safe execution of this event.
'The safety of our patrons, staff and artists is our top priority and after consulting with various experts and officials this tough, but necessary decision was made.
'Further to immediate health concerns, the possibility of artists being able to travel interstate is becoming increasingly uncertain and in some cases is now impossible.
'We want to particularly thank everyone who bought a ticket and supported our endeavour to keep the music industry alive during these testing times.
'The Drive-in was set to create over 250 jobs per event and inject over $2 million dollars into a much suffering sector of our economy and we are devastated with this outcome.
'We are keeping our heads held high, and will redirect our focus towards summer festivals with optimism.
'REFUNDS: All ticket purchasers will receive an email from Oztix on Monday the 6th of July which will provide further details on the refund process.
'We look forward to having a dance together this summer.'