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Music Lovers rejoice! Umbrella Festival is set to return today while extending its 2021 season until mid-October.
The festival, hosted in conjunction with Music SA, was paused last week as a result of SA’s latest COVID outbreak. Due to close next weekend, Umbrella Festival has decided to prolong their much-loved event until 17th October 2021.
The festival was set to feature an astounding 294 musical performances across an array of contemporary genres and hosted in 85 unique venues across the state. However, SA’s week-long lockdown saw over 80 live performances cancelled, including a majority of the festival curated program.
Music SA General Manager Kim Roberts is pleased that the festival can continue, albeit with limited venue capacities.
“The Music SA team have been working hard on delivering Umbrella over the past 18 months, putting as many contingencies in place as possible to adhere to social distancing requirements,” says Roberts.
“Now we’re working closely with our many artists, venues and producers to ensure that as many Umbrella events as possible are rescheduled to a later date.”
While the financial impact that this has caused across the state is yet to be determined, Umbrella Festival is calling on affected artists, venues and producers to fill out the latest I Lost My Gig survey, which tracks the impact of cancelled gigs across Australia.
“We’re grateful that we can continue with Umbrella through until mid-October in a COVID-safe format,” says Music SA Chair Anne Wiberg.
“But this has truly been another blow to artists, venues and a hardworking team who have been faced with so many challenges over the past 18 months. We can’t stress that enough.”
The music industry has been left devastated by the pandemic, with a total of $354 million lost in the live entertainment sector from mid-2020 alone. Since July 1 2021, $16 million is lost per week in cancelled events alone.
Umbrella Festival is an open-access event that showcases the talent of contemporary musicians across SA. The grassroots creation has built steadily over the past six years, returning in 2021 for their biggest and best season yet. This year Umbrella Festival is also heading regional for the first time, travelling to regions like the Eyre Peninsula and Barossa Valley.
Adelaide is recognised as a UNESCO City of music, with Umbrella Festival the perfect representation and culmination of South Australia’s vibrant and electric music scene.