Summer Camp Festival Postponed: ‘Stay With Us’

24 January 2022 | 4:50 pm | Staff Writer

"It's not feasible for us to proceed."

The debut of touring pride event Summer Camp Festival has been postponed due to the current outbreak of Omicron.

Set to kick off in just over a month, its inaugural line-up boasts international headliners Years & Years and Big Freedia alongside a slew of local favourites.

In a statement released today, organisers have confirmed that Summer Camp Festival will be rescheduled and “it’s going to be queerer and camper than ever”.  

“With just over four weeks until our first show and government restrictions around outdoor singing and dancing still in place, it's not feasible for us to proceed when we have performers from the UK, USA, NZ and over 150 local artists from across Australia on a touring show to multiple states each with their own complexities and restrictions,” the statement reads.

“We have been working on this new festival for more than two years and want nothing more than to finally come together to dance and celebrate queer culture in all of its finest, but we’ll have to hold onto our camp carabenas for now.  

“We want to create a space for audiences that is colourful, unapologetic & outrageously fun, without limitations (this includes dancing like everyone is watching) but most of all, is safe. 

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“Our hearts go out to all the artists, promoters and venues that are going through this (again), and to all the audiences who have events cancelled time after time in the last few years. Thank you for supporting the arts. Stay with us.”

It’s expected that new dates will be announced “very soon” alongside “so many more surprises”.