UNCERTAINTY over COVID-19 restrictions has forced Dashville promoter Matt Johnston to cancel this year's Dashville Skyline and postpone Thrashville until February.
The Hunter Valley alt-country and Americana-themed festival was scheduled for October 1-5 as part of an expanded five-day event known as Sky Ball, which combined Dashville Skyline with The Gum Ball.
The Gum Ball was postponed in April due to the coronavirus pandemic.
"We are still endeavouring to produce an event of some kind on the October long weekend," Johnston said in a statement.
"However, due to the ongoing uncertainty around future public gatherings, along with the concern for public health and safety, it is no longer viable for it to be a five-day event and at the full capacity we intended when it was created with haste as things hit the deck back in March."
Dashville still hope to host a smaller three-day Sky Ball festival for between 100 to 500 people over the October long weekend if NSW restrictions on events and social distancing have eased by that stage.
Thrashville, the smaller heavy rock and metal festival, was scheduled to return after a one-year hiatus on September 12, but it has been postponed until February 13, 2021. The Gum Ball will return on April 16-18, 2021.
Due to Dashville being in "a critical financial position" refunds cannot be given. All ticket-holders for Gum Ball, Sky Ball and Thrashville will receive a credit to be used at all future Dashville events.
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