The Northern Territory’ favourite music festival, People’s Choice BASSINTHEGRASS – scheduled for 31 October this year – is on hold until 15 May next year due to uncertainty around unfolding COVID-19 developments.
Minister for Tourism, Sport and Culture, Lauren Moss said the postponement was a difficult but necessary decision in order to put the safety of Territorians first.
“We are making decisions that put the health and safety of Territorians first,” said Ms Moss.
“We know that BASS is the Territory’s largest and most popular music festival and Territorians will be disappointed in its postponement to next year. But we have hard borders for a reason, and it’s to protect Territorians. We won’t put Territorians at risk.
“I’d urge ticketholders to hang onto their tickets as the line-up of artists that are on board for 2021 is huge – this shows that BASS has grown into an iconic fixture on Australia’s music festival calendar.”
She said that given the latest COVID-19 developments in Victoria and NSW, the Territory Government had to ensure tough border controls remained in place to restrict travel from those hot spot areas.
“But in great news, some of Australia’s best live acts have already confirmed their attendance at the festival in 2021.”
Northern Territory Major Events are planning to make next year’s festival more memorable than ever, with the following artists already confirmed:
- Hayden James
- Missy Higgins
- Peking Duk
- Violent Soho
The Minister said pre-purchased tickets for the 2020 event would be valid for People’s Choice BASSINTHEGRASS 2021, or refunds could be arranged through Moshtix.
“The Territory Labor Government will keep doing whatever it takes to protect Territorians, and I know Territorians will make the festival next year the best one ever,” said Ms Moss.