Groovin the Moo is the latest music festival to announce huge changes, as organisers deal with the new realities of the COVID-19 pandemic

Just minutes after Splendour in the Grass announced it was rescheduling for October, Groovin the Moo announced its April and May festivals would not be going ahead in 2020 at all.

“Unfortunately, GTM is unable to reschedule the 2020 events due to the uncertainty surrounding how long the ban will be in place for, along with the logistics involved with coordinating six venues across six states and territories to align with each other, and the schedules of both our National and International Artists,” a statement said.

“There is nothing that we love more than seeing our Moo Crew in each of our regions and we are deeply saddened that this won’t be happening this year,” promoters Steve Halpin and Rod Little said.

“Our sincere thanks to everyone who has been involved in GTM this year and in years past. We’re aware that this is impacting many people around the world and we encourage you to look after each other.”

Ticket holders will either able to use their ticket for the 2021 festival, or receive a full refund. It comes as the event industry estimates it has lost $47 million so far due to coronavirus cancellations, impacting 190,000 jobs.

“If you choose to refund your ticket, once you’re able to do so, can we suggest you use your funds to support a business that has been affected by bushfires or is likely to struggle with dwindling patronage in coming weeks,” the festival said.

“Eat a nice meal, stay in a caravan park, hire a canoe, buy a souvenir fridge magnet – these communities are struggling and will be grateful for whatever help they can get. We also encourage you to support the music industry by buying some band merch, or seeing how you can help through organisations like I Lost My Gig and Support Act.”

Those who are looking for a refund will be provided with more details in the coming days.

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