We previously reported on the planning for the 2020 Wirrina Festival back in early June. The folks at Wirrina have remained determined and have been in some serious discussion over this year’s Wirrina Bluegrass and Acoustic Roots Festival. At this stage, organisers are still proceeding with planning for November 2020 – but with a few changes.
Organisers have issued the following statements:
Wirrina Bluegrass Festival 2020 Planning:
Anything planned this year has to be prepared for change – we don’t know what might crop up at the last moment, and we are very aware that anyone might be compelled to pull the plug on planning an event close to time this year. Or, we might need to modify what we plan. Whatever happens, please be patient with us and each other if changes are needed. We’d like to put on a fine weekend for those who are able to attend, and we will do our best to balance that with our responsibility to each other.
With that in mind though, we have come up with a plan that will enable us, providing circumstances permit, to get together for an excellent weekend in our music community, for those able to travel to the caravan park (More on that below).
We’ll see some physical changes this year in the venue. We intend to arrange things a bit differently around the caravan park, and make the best possible use of spaces to enable us to play together, while keeping enough distance and ventilation happening.
You’ll also see some changes in how we formulate this year’s program. We’re still working on how we approach this, and will keep communicating with you about this. More on this as time progresses – but we really want people to be able to join in the usual activities of our festival, while maintaining appropriate levels of physical distance.
Artist announcements coming very soon.
Travelling to Wirrina:
It seems evident that things are going to keep changing over time, and we don’t know what borders will be open or closed in late November. As much as we want all of you to be able to travel freely and join us, we do not want anyone to breach quarantine or to travel through or from areas of high risk. We also need to comply with all relevant State and Federal rules that are in place at the time. So, if you’re from outside SA, please keep an eye on the situation as things unfold closer to festival time, before booking your ticket. We’ll be in touch about more details as they crop up.
If you need further information or advice please contact organisers here.
Wirrina Festival Volunteers Needed:
The caravan park at Wirrina Cove has ample well-ventilated camping space available, and site managers will be encouraging spreading out the campsites. They have plans in place for regular cleaning of facilities (this means they will need extra volunteers this year, not only for the usual jobs, but to enable extra cleaning of seating and equipment on a regular basis, and also to support Holly and Ben to clean the campground facilities to ensure the safety of festival crowds.
Please email organisers if you’re up for cleaning crew duty