By the Re: team
The organisers of Northern Bass festival have pulled the plug — cancelling its January dates.
The three-day R18 music festival is usually held in Northland's Kaiwaka.
Organisers had already moved the festival's initial dates, December 29 to December 31, to January 28 to January 30.
But on Wednesday, the organisers announced the festival's cancellation.
"We had to consider the Northland vax rates just not being what they need to be, the growing threat of Omicron, headliners who couldn't travel due to being positive for Covid and all of the festivals that ended up as locations of interest," the organisers wrote on social media.
"It's just not a risk we can take, a risk we can put Northland at, or a risk we can expose you all to."
"We never thought it would come to this. We tried everything to keep the Jan dates alive, but the picture now is not the same as it was when we originally postponed," the organisers wrote.
People who bought tickets would soon be sent an email with more information — this includes transferring current tickets to the next planned Northern Bass festival in December 2022/2023.
"To be very blunt, it's been a f**ker of a year," the organisers wrote.
"In a few weeks, we are going to be putting this all behind us and getting on with 2022 and launching tickets for NB 22/23.
"We can't wait to get back to our home in Northland.. we already have the lineup underway and it is already shaping up to be a big one [sic]."
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