Groovin the Moo (GTM) organisers have cancelled this year’s festival, which was scheduled to take place across the country in April and May, due to coronavirus. It’s the first time since the inaugural GTM was held in NSW in 2005 that the event won’t go ahead.

“The Government’s recommendations together with the uncertainty of these times makes it impossible for us to push forward with GTM this year,” the statement reads.

“Unfortunately, GTM is unable to reschedule the 2020 events due to the uncertainty surrounding how long the ban will be in place for, along with the logistics involved with coordinating six venues across six states and territories to align with each other, and the schedules of both our national and international artists.”

The Sugarhill Gang and Kelis were among the international acts scheduled to perform alongside locals Gang of Youths, The Cat Empire, The Veronicas and  Ruby Fields.

Promoters Steve Halpin and Rod Little said they are “deeply saddened” that the 2020 festival won’t be going ahead. “Our sincere thanks to everyone who has been involved in GTM this year and in years past. We're aware that this is impacting many people around the world and we encourage you to look after each other.”

If you’ve already bought your ticket you now have two options – hold onto your ticket for next year, or receive a full refund.

Organisers are encouraging those who choose to refund their ticket to support a business that has been affected by bushfires or is likely to struggle with dwindling patronage in the coming weeks. “Eat a nice meal, stay in a caravan park, hire a canoe, buy a souvenir fridge magnet – these communities are struggling and will be grateful for whatever help they can get. We also encourage you to support the music industry by buying some band merch, or seeing how you can help through organisations like I Lost My Gig and Support Act.”

Below are the dates for the 2021 festival:

Wayville, SA
Friday 23 April 2021
Adelaide Showground

Maitland, NSW
Saturday 24 April 2021
Maitland Showground
Blomfield St, Maitland, NSW

Canberra, ACT
Sunday 25 April 2021
Exhibition Park In Canberra
Entry via Stirling Avenue, Mitchell, ACT

Bendigo, VIC
Saturday 1 May 2021
Bendigo’s Prince of Wales Showground
42-72 Holmes Rd, Bendigo, VIC

Townsville, QLD
Sunday 2 May 2021
Murray Sports Complex – Townsville Cricket Grounds
Mervyn Crossman Dr and Murray Lyons Cres, Annandale, QLD

Bunbury, WA
Saturday 8 May 2021
Hay Park
(off) Parade Road, Bunbury, WA