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Second strike for Hope Rocks thanks to COVID-19

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Organisers of Hope Rocks are hoping it’s a case of third time lucky after the popular music event was cancelled again, due to COVID-19.

The concert – featuring the likes of Aussie legends James Reyne, Baby Animals, Rose Tattoo, Choirboys, Models, Boom Crash Opera and Nick Barker and the Reptiles – originally locked in the date Saturday 16 October 2021.

However, thanks to the pandemic, it was rescheduled to Saturday 5 February.

But, those plans have now been affected as coronavirus case numbers continue to rise in the region.

Overnight, the Hunter New England Local Health District recorded two more deaths and 3,410 new infections.

“We regret to advise that due to the current COVID-19 situation in NSW, Hope Rocks will be postponed from Saturday, 5 February,” a statement said this afternoon (12 January).

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

“Any ticket related questions should be directed to www.ticketmaster.com.au

“Hope Rocks is proudly presented by Hope Estate, Triple M Newcastle and Triple M Central Coast and we sincerely thank everyone for their understanding.”

It’s the second major entertainment event in the Hunter Valley to take a hit in the past 24 hours.

On Tuesday 11 January, Grapevine Gathering succumbed to the latest NSW Government restrictions, which prevents people from singing or dancing on the premises aside from performers after an amendment signed off by Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant.

That show – featuring Peking Duk, The Jungle Giants, Vera Blue, The Veronicas, San Cisco, Cc:Disco!, King Stingray, Rest For The Wicked and The Inspired Unemployed – was set to take place at Roche Estate on Saturday 15 January.

Organisers said they were “extremely heartbroken” to be cancelling the event four days before it was due to go ahead.

“It’s another devastating blow not only to the live music industry, but also to regional tourism,” they said in a statement.

“Grapevine Gathering NSW has had an approved COVID-safe plan for months and we have been in constant communication with the NSW Government regarding all required safety measures.

“We are deeply sorry this news has come at the final hour.”

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