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Con­certs make Covid con­tin­gen­cies

Mu­sic fes­ti­val or­gan­is­ers re­veal plans should coro­n­avirus re­turn

- Luke Kirk­ness Music Festivals · Music · Rotorua · Marathon Oil · Gisborne

The big­gest sum­mer mu­sic fes­ti­vals will not be able to go ahead if the Covid- 19 alert level is higher than 1.

The or­gan­is­ers of Rhythm and Vines ( R& V) and North­ern Bass say they will not be able to run if there is re­newed com­mu­nity trans­mis­sion of the virus.

How­ever both fes­ti­vals have con­tin­gency plans in place.

North­ern Bass fes­ti­val direc­tor Garth Popham says if an out­break oc­curs be­fore the event, they have plans in place to post­pone un­til later in sum­mer.

R& V will not fol­low the lead of the Ro­torua Marathon and ban cer­tain parts of the coun­try from at­tend­ing if their alert lev­els are higher than oth­ers.

Should the Gis­borne mu­sic fes­ti­val be resched­uled to a later date, ticket hold­ers will be al­lowed to use tick­ets for the de­layed show.

How­ever, if it is can­celled, ticket hold­ers will be given the op­tion to rollover their tick­ets for the next fes­ti­val, ac­cord­ing to the event’s re­fund pol­icy.

The pol­icy also says the op­tion for full re­funds will be made avail­able at the point of pur­chase to the credit card with which the tick­ets were pur­chased.

The three- day mu­sic fes­ti­val runs from De­cem­ber 29 to 31. Auck­land star Be­nee is head­lin­ing this year’s event.

R& V mar­ket­ing and part­ner­ships direc­tor Kyle Bell says the fes­ti­val won’t go ahead un­less the na­tion is at level 1.

“We will con­stantly eval­u­ate con­di­tions right up into event,” Bell said.

“Level 2 is lim­ited to 100 per­sons so def­i­nitely [ it] couldn’t go ahead at level 2.

“Sim­i­lar to peo­ple head­ing into a su­per­mar­ket, we will be re­quest­ing peo­ple who are un­well to not at­tend the fes­ti­val.”

No more than 100 peo­ple are able to go to so­cial gath­er­ings at level 2, in­clud­ing wed­dings, birth­days, funerals and tangi­hanga.

At alert level 3, only 10 peo­ple can at­tend wed­dings, funerals, and tangi­hanga, with all pub­lic venues re­quired by law to close.

St John will be on hand at R& V to help any­one who falls un­well, with North­ern Bass to have a spe­cial area ded­i­cated for any­one who presents symp­toms.

Around 23,000 tick­ets have been sold for the event, with each ticket hav­ing the pur­chaser’s name on it which has to match their ID on en­try. Bell says they have the emails and phone num­bers for all at­ten­dees should they need to be con­tacted. North­ern Bass will be us­ing the Covid tracer app, and will also have a ticket sys­tem which will know who en­ters and leaves the fes­ti­val.

There will be sig­nage at the gate about health and safety, with an email to go out be­fore the event with all the in­for­ma­tion too, Popham says.

Both fes­ti­vals will pro­vide free hand sani­tiser for fes­ti­val- go­ers.

Popham says any­one who is con­cerned about at­tend­ing the virus amid the pan­demic should think about sell­ing their tick­ets.

The Man­gawhai- based fes­ti­val has sold out, with more than 2000 peo­ple on a wait­ing li st. The show runs be­tween De­cem­ber 29 and 31.

“If peo­ple couldn’t make the new date they could eas­ily sell their ticket to some­one on the wait­ing li st through our se­cure ticket trans­fer sys­tem via Tick­et­fairy.”

Bell’s mes­sage for R& V was sim­i­lar. “If you don’t feel com­fort­able at­tend­ing the fes­ti­val, we en­cour­age you to list your ticket for re­sale as we cur­rently have a large wait­list of peo­ple want­ing to at­tend.

“How­ever, Rhythm and Vines is a large spa­cious fes­ti­val site and will be one of the safest places to cel­e­brate New Years.”

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 ?? Photos / Getty Images, ?? Six60, above, per­form at a pre­vi­ous Rhythm& Vines. Artist Be­nee, aka Stella Ben­nett, left, is set to head­line the three- day con­cert this year.
Photos / Getty Images, Six60, above, per­form at a pre­vi­ous Rhythm& Vines. Artist Be­nee, aka Stella Ben­nett, left, is set to head­line the three- day con­cert this year.

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