Next year's Under The Southern Stars tour could set the standard for international artist touring in Australia in the wake of COVID-19.
The tour's promoter Andrew McManus has partnered with TEG CEO Geoff Jones to propose that the tour (which features LIVE, Bush, Stone Temple Pilots and more on the line-up) be used as the "test case" for international touring standards, hoping it will "light the way for our colleagues allowing them to follow suit with clear guidelines to follow at their-future events and festivals".
"We want to be part of the solution, not part of the COVID problem," said McManus.
"We want to work with government at all levels, federal, state and local to formulate a plan that can get our industry off its knees.
"There needs to be a road map made, and we feel we can be a flag point for the industry to reopen its doors. If the festival becomes a 'test case', we will share the road map at no cost, to operate all future festivals in this country."
The plan includes the following:
- All three acts travelling with essential band members only, and two support staff, and being COVID tested before leaving Los Angeles for Australia.
- A second COVID test after arriving in Australia.
- The bands being quarantined at an isolated compound with a rehearsal studio, for 14 days.
- Hiring Australian tour crew to replace the band's usual touring team.
- Segregated sections on flights and '"military style" transfers between Australian cities for the bands and crew.
- Locked hotel floors for band and crew.
- Punters must download the COVID-Safe app to attend the show.
- Temperature checks and strict social distancing measures at the gig.
- Shows will be capped at 70% of total capacity.
The plan will be presented to Prime Minster Scott Morrison, Health Minister Greg Hunt and Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton in hope of lobbying their support of the “Australian Live Music And Music Festival COVID Safe Plan.”
The Under The Sourthern Stars tour is expected to kick off in Perth on 16 February 2021, following its rescheduling from April this year. It will then travel to Adelaide, Mornington Peninsula, Yarrawonga, Sydney, Wollongong, Newcastle, Gosford, Port Melbourne, Brisbane and Bribie Island.
All tickets held from the 2020 dates remain valid, except for the Tuncurry show which cannot be rescheduled at this venue. These tickets will now be valid for either the Newcastle or Gosford shows.
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HBF Arena, Joondalup
Bonython Park, Adelaide
Hastings Foreshore Reserve, Hastings
Yarrawonga Showgrounds, Yarrawonga
Hordern Pavilion, Moore Park
Stuart Park, North Wollongong
Newcastle Foreshore, Newcastle
Entertainment Grounds, West Gosford
The Timber Yard, Port Melbourne
Sandstone Point Hotel, Sandstone Point