To Our Dear QMF Family,
Sadly.... here we are again.
We have made the difficult decision to not proceed with the Queenscliff Music Festival this November. Our 24th Festival has been postponed for another year, to November 25-27, 2022.
The QMF team set about organising an event this year with great hope and optimism early in 2021. Things were looking extremely positive in Australia at the time, so we pushed ahead, booked the acts, put tickets on sale, made plans.... and then COVID reared its ugly head again.
Over the past few weeks we have been exploring all options for a November 2021 event to go ahead, including running a demonstration event in reduced format, showing how events could safely return, with proof of vaccination, social distancing etc.
Sadly, time has run out, and without a Victorian Public Events Framework in place against which our event application can be assessed or access to event cancellation insurance our event cannot proceed.
It's a risky business to start organising an event, spend significant amounts of money in advance, and then have the potential for it to be shut down at the last minute. If this was to happen to QMF it would threaten our ability to be here in 2022.
It absolutely seems like we're nearly there with events.... but sadly the lead time to pull something off is just too great for us to keep pushing ahead. Vaccination rate projections show Victoria reaching 80%+ in early November, and the State Governments Road map suggests that events will return but potentially not until early 2022. As such we are once again busy working on some Plan B (or is it C/D/E now?) options for this Summer. We are hoping to be able to bring music back and gather with you all in Queenscliff in some way in early 2022. Unfortunately, we are not able to announce anything right now like we had hoped, but please stay tuned for updates in the coming weeks/months.
All current Ticket Holders will be contacted separately via email regarding the Ticket Transfer & Refund process.
Current QMF 2021 tickets will automatically transfer and become valid for QMF 2022 unless you wish to receive a refund.
We would encourage those of you who can to transfer your ticket to QMF 2022. A huge amount of gratitude to those of you who will be hanging on to your tickets purchased way back in March 2020! Holding on to your tickets is a huge help for us, and guarantees you won't pay more for a ticket next year. We won’t be offering tickets at a price cheaper than you've already purchased them for.
So for now we say goodbye to QMF until November 2022, and hopefully we can see you in Queenscliff sometime between now and then. Stay safe everyone!
Andrew Orvis & Team QMF xo