2022 Boyup Brook Country Music Festival Cancelled

The Country Music Club of Boyup Brook in consultation with the Shire of Boyup Brook has cancelled the 2022 Boyup Brook Country Music Festival due to the ongoing risks posed by COVID-19.


Whilst proudly the heart of country music in Western Australia, Boyup Brook is also a small regional town. Recent community spread of COVID-19 in Perth, and neighbouring regional areas has elevated the risk posed by holding a large-scale event in the region to an unacceptable level.


Country Music Club of Boyup Brook President Jason Forsyth believes whilst a difficult decision, it is the right one.


“Despite thorough planning and strict COVID-19 health and safety protocols, the emergence of the Omicron variant and the uncertainty surrounding its spread, have meant holding this event simply contains too many risks,” he said.


“We understand the cancellation of the festival will be incredibly disappointing for our local community, our line-up of all Western Australian artists, staff, passionate volunteers, and funding partners who have worked tirelessly over the past year on the event.


“However, we have the responsibility to ensure to the best of our ability the health and safety of not only our attendees, but also the greater Boyup Brook community which play host each year to our festival.


“We have made this decision out of an abundance of caution, and it will allow our team to focus on bringing our much-loved event back in due course when guests, volunteers, staff, and artists can all feel confident about the holding of the event,”


Shire of Boyup Brook President, Councillor Richard Walker is saddened the event will not go ahead, however he is pleased Festival organisers have put the health and safety of the local community first.


“The Country Music Festival is the largest event held each year in Boyup Brook, and whilst it is disappointing to see it cancelled two-years in a row, the risk to our community posed by proceeding with such a large-scale event is just too high.


“This decision is the right one, and the Boyup Brook Council will continue to work with the Country Music Club of Boyup Brook to find ways to support them during these challenging times.”


The Country Music Club of Boyup Brook will reach out to ticket holders in the coming days to organise refund of tickets.


ENDS


Media contacts

Country Club of Boyup Brook President - Jason Forsyth president@wacountrymusic.com.au

Shire of Boyup Brook President – Richard Walker



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