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Northland music festival Northern Bass has officially pulled the plug on its already rescheduled event.
Originally set to take place in December, the festival was bumped to the end of January over concerns regarding Northland’s vaccination rate. However, organisers have today decided to entirely scrap the event in the face of the omicron strain of Covid-19.
“It’s been a long few weeks of ups and downs and thanks to so many of you for sticking with us through it all, but at the end of the day, we had to make the decision that keeps the majority as safe as possible,” said a statement on the Northern Bass Instagram page.
“We had to consider the Northland vax rates just not being what they need to be, the growing threat of omicron, headliners who couldn’t travel due to being positive for Covid and all of the festivals that ended up as locations of interest. It’s just not a risk we can take, a risk we can put Northland at, or a risk we can expose you all to.”
2021 was a “f**ker of a year”, the post continued. “In a few weeks, we are going to be putting this all behind us and getting on with 2022 and launching tickets for [Northern Bass] 22/23.”
Organisers said they had hoped the January dates would be safe, but things have changed since the decision to postpone was made.