Lunar Electric music festival cancelled in Newcastle over fears it will be Covid-19 super spreader

Lunar Electric music festival cancelled in Newcastle over fears it will be Covid-19 super spreader

A serious music festival has been cancelled, amid fears it will be a Covid-19 ‘superspreading’ occasion.

The Lunar Electric festival, described as Australia’s ‘greatest homegrown hip hop/EDM (digital dance music) festival’ was rescheduled to go forward in Newcastle this Saturday.

The festival was cancelled by NSW Well being underneath a Public Well being Order on Thursday, two days out from the occasion.

‘NSW Well being thought of that the continued unfold of COVID-19 in the Newcastle space, the place nearly all of a file variety of instances are the Omicron variant of concern, presents too nice a threat for the festival to happen this weekend,’ a press release learn.

‘NSW Well being has suggested the organisers of the festival this afternoon of the cancellation.

‘NSW Well being continues to be involved in regards to the ongoing unfold of COVID-19 in the Newcastle space, the place a number of venues and occasions have now seen in depth transmission.’

Attendees have been initially unclear whether or not the festival would go forward after 200 new Covid instances – many believed to be the Omicron variant – have been linked to the Argyle Home nightclub.

A day earlier on Wednesday the organisers issued a launch saying the occasion will proceed as NSW eased restrictions. 

‘We’ll be taking additional precautions to assist make the occasion as protected as doable,’ the assertion learn.

‘That imply we’ll be getting everybody to examine in, masks carrying will be inspired when not social distancing, consuming or consuming.’ 

The Lunar Electric festival, described as Australia's 'biggest homegrown hip hop/EDM (electronic dance music) festival', will bring thousands of young people together at Newcastle's Camp Shortland, near Nobby's Beach east of the CBD

The Lunar Electric festival, described as Australia’s ‘greatest homegrown hip hop/EDM (digital dance music) festival’, will carry 1000’s of younger folks collectively at Newcastle’s Camp Shortland, close to Nobby’s Seaside east of the CBD

Acts such as Bliss N Eso, Dimatik, Joel Fletcher and Sunset Bros are headlining the festival, with attendees paying more than $100 for a general admission ticket and over $200 for VIP admission

Acts similar to Bliss N Eso, Dimatik, Joel Fletcher and Sundown Bros are headlining the festival, with attendees paying greater than $100 for a common admission ticket and over $200 for VIP admission

Final week organisers introduced the Newcastle occasion was offered out. 

It will function acts similar to Bliss N Eso, Dimatik, Joel Fletcher and Sundown Bros, with attendees paying greater than $100 for a common admission ticket and over $200 for VIP admission.

The announcement the festival will go forward a quantity provoked a robust response on-line from individuals who believed the occasion ought to be postponed or refunds offered to those that not wish to attend in the wake of the outbreak in town north of Sydney. 

‘What a joke, can simply think about all of the constructive instances by Monday! No less than let folks get refunds that do not wanna threat going,’ one individual posted.

‘Hope y’all like being in lockdown for Christmas,’ one other individual posted.

‘So that you guys are going to check each single particular person that’s going to stroll by means of the gates with a fast antigen take a look at? If that is the case high-quality but when not you guys will be probably the most infamous super spreading occasion in NSW,’ one individual wrote beneath the Fb publish saying the occasion remains to be on. 

‘How dumb is it that they’re nonetheless having this festival with the Newy outbreak,’ wrote one other individual.    

'How dumb is it that they are still having this festival with the Newy outbreak,' one person posted on Lunar Electric's Facebook page

‘How dumb is it that they’re nonetheless having this festival with the Newy outbreak,’ one individual posted on Lunar Electric’s Fb web page

Attendees were unclear whether the festival will go ahead after 200 new Covid cases were linked to the Argyle House nightclub in Newcastle (ictured), with many of those believed to have the highly infectious Omicron strain

Attendees have been unclear whether or not the festival will go forward after 200 new Covid instances have been linked to the Argyle Home nightclub in Newcastle (ictured), with a lot of these believed to have the extremely infectious Omicron pressure

Police are at the moment investigating a constructive Covid case who attended the Newcastle nightclub once they have been meant to be in isolation, sparking the huge outbreak. 

A lot of these contaminated are believed to have the extremely infectious Omicron pressure, however additional testing is underway to substantiate. 

On Tuesday, NSW Well being Minister Brad Hazzard referred the reveller who attended the Argyle Home nightclub in Newcastle to authorities, alleging they have been underneath an order to self isolate and absconded quarantine.

‘Out of the roughly 650 to 680 people who have been there on the membership on Wednesday eighth December … there’s now greater than 200 patrons who’re constructive to Covid,’ Mr Hazzard instructed 9 Information.

The outbreak is linked to a ship social gathering 5 nights earlier on Sydney Harbour the place at the very least 5 folks caught the virus.

Christmas and finish of 12 months celebrations are being given the blame for the sudden surge in instances in NSW.

Regardless of the spike in instances, NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet stated he has no plans to implement anymore lockdowns.

On Wednesday Mr Hazzard warned NSW may see as many as 25,000 Covid-19 instances a day in January if present an infection ranges are maintained.

Circumstances have greater than quadrupled in every week, and Wednesday’s 1,360 infections is the primary time in months the state has recorded greater than a thousand new instances in a single day.

Mr Hazzard stated the reproductive fee of the virus was greater than 1.5, with an infection numbers near doubling each two to 3 days.  

‘The straightforward maths…is by the top of January we may be taking a look at 25,000 instances each single day,’ he stated, referencing modelling from the College of NSW.

‘On my maths that is about 175,000 in every week.

On Wednesday NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard warned NSW could see as many as 25,000 Covid-19 cases a day in January if current infection levels are maintained

On Wednesday NSW Well being Minister Brad Hazzard warned NSW may see as many as 25,000 Covid-19 instances a day in January if present an infection ranges are maintained

NSW Chief Well being Officer Dr Kerry Chant urged residents in the state to ‘restrict’ their actions over the Christmas interval as instances skyrocket and the Omicron variant wreaks havoc in the group.

On Wednesday NSW lifted guidelines surrounding masks and QR check-in codes with face coverings solely necessary on public transport and in planes and airports.

When requested why the principles have been lifted amid a spike in instances, Dr Chant stated from a ‘public well being place’, she strongly advisable folks proceed carrying masks.

‘My clear recommendation is that in indoor settings folks ought to be carrying masks, I really feel personally it does cut back the danger and offers lots of people consolation as they transfer round,’ she stated.

Lunar Electric music festival cancelled in Newcastle over fears it will be Covid-19 super spreader