Karratha’s Red Country Music Festival latest event canned over ongoing COVID-19 threat

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Kasey Chambers performing at Red Country Music Festival in 2021.
Camera IconKasey Chambers performing at Red Country Music Festival in 2021. Credit: Alexander Scott/Pilbara News/Pilbara News

Ongoing risks posed by COVID-19 has forced another one of the Pilbara’s top tourism events to pull the plug on their plans.

The Red Country Music Festival, scheduled to take place in Karratha on June 4, was cancelled today due to border change uncertainties and the significant risks of hosting the large-scale event in the region.

Red Country management director Bradley Hall said while it was a difficult decision to make, it was the right one.

“Due to the unpredictable circumstances surrounding COVID-19, the risks and potential impacts to the community are too high to hold such a large event in the region,” he said.

“Whilst we are disappointed, we know it is the right decision to ensure the health and safety of the community is not compromised by hosting the festival.

“The Red Country Music Festival is the only festival of its kind in the Pilbara so we understand the cancellation will be incredibly disappointing for the community, our line-up of artists, staff, vendors, volunteers and sponsors who work hard to organise the event.”

The event returned to Karratha last year headlined by Australian country legends Adam Brand and Kasey Chambers after it was cancelled in 2020.

The festival is now scheduled for June 3, 2023.

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