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Rod Stewart silenced as Roche Estate concert cancelled


Local festival and music lovers have been dealt another blow with Sir Rod Stewart’s Hunter Valley gig cancelled due to COVID-19.

It comes after respective organisers abandoned this weekend’s Grapevine Gathering at Roche Estate and postponed Hope Rocks at Hope Estate, which was slated to take place on Saturday 5 February.

Live Nation and Roundhouse Entertainment advised on Thursday 13 January that due to the ongoing surge of COVID-19 in Australia and the reimposition of indoor entertainment venue capacity limits in several states, the scheduled March/April tour was cancelled.

All ticket holders will receive an automatic refund.

“My dear friends, once again I feel we’ve all been cheated by this evil disease,” Stewart said in a statement.

“So, it is with great regret that I announce my shows for 2022 have had to be cancelled.

“My thoughts are with all your families at this difficult time as we come out of the joyous and, hopefully, safe holiday season and I look forward to returning to Australia as soon as the health situation permits.

“I’m absolutely gutted with disappointment.

“But, when I do eventually get there, we‘ll have the party to end all parties. Guaranteed.”

After shows at Perth and Melbourne, Stewart was expected to head to Roche Estate on Saturday 26 March.

On Wednesday, Hope Rocks – featuring the likes of Aussie legends James Reyne, Baby Animals, Rose Tattoo, Choirboys, Models, Boom Crash Opera and Nick Barker and the Reptiles – also fell by the wayside.

“We regret to advise that due to the current COVID-19 situation in NSW, Hope Rocks will be postponed from Saturday, 5 February,” organisers stated.

“Ticketholders are encouraged to hold onto their tickets until a new date is announced.

“Any ticket related questions should be directed to

“We sincerely thank everyone for their understanding.”

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