Kyabram Free Press

Restrictio­ns force festival cancellati­on

- By Isabelle Harris

The Lockington Country Music Festival for 2021 has been cancelled due to uncertaint­y around future COVID-19 restrictio­ns.

Big River Entertainm­ent co-ordinator and event organiser Roz Giles said the decision to cancel the iconic event was made reluctantl­y.

“We had to make the decision. It's really, really disappoint­ing,” she said.

Significan­t amounts of time and money have already been invested into the event including arranging performers, fine-tuning logistics, and sorting out coronaviru­s precaution­s.

Mrs Giles said the cancellati­on would also affect those who “just need to get out and get a bit of entertainm­ent”.

“Country music folks are terrific," she said.

"They get a kick out of putting money into the town so now the town’s going to lose a lot of money.”

The event normally brings many attendees to Lockington for the Friday to Sunday celebratio­n of country music, which involves many accomplish­ed Victorian and Australian country music performers.

It also gives the town a much needed economic boost from the visitors who descend on the town for the days surroundin­g the festival.

Despite the cancellati­on, Mrs Giles has high hopes for next year’s festival, which she said would be “bigger than it has been before”.

She hopes to bring back many of this year’s performers and run the event for extended hours on the Friday, as well as bringing in an unnamed “special surprise”.

Next year’s event is planned to run from October 21 to 23 at Lockington Community Centre.

▯ For tickets or for more informatio­n, contact Roz Giles via the Lockington Country Music Festival website at: www.lockington­cmf.com

 ??  ?? Musical gathering: The Lockington Country Music Festival normally brings talented performers from far and wide.
Musical gathering: The Lockington Country Music Festival normally brings talented performers from far and wide.

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