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Triple J Poll Reveals Punters Would Still Attend Music Festivals Without COVID Vaccine

30 April 2020 | 4:00 pm | Staff Writer

The results are in.

Australian live music lovers are itching for festivals to return, according to a new triple j poll.

The youth broadcaster asked listeners if they would still attend music festivals before a COVID-19 vaccine is created, with 57% responding that they would.

While punters are ready for festivals to return, the Health Department yesterday told The Music that large scale events, such as Splendour In The Grass which is scheduled for October, "would require the approval of the jurisdiction where they are held" in order to go ahead.

“It is too early to speculate on what social distancing measures will be in place in October,” a spokesperson for the Department of Health said.

“The National Cabinet will continue to meet and consider the latest health advice of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee.

“Large scale events would require the approval of the jurisdiction where they are held. When festivals and concerts are permitted, there may still be significant measures to maintain social distancing and to support good hygiene.”

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The COVID pandemic has seen a number of major festivals cancel in recent weeks, including Brunswick Music Festival last week, who paid all acts on its 2020 line-up full.

Other festivals are turning their efforts online, with Blues On Broadbeach the latest to announce its 2020 event will be streamed following its cancellation.