Like so many events across the globe, Australia’s music festivals were cancelled one after another as the coronavirus crisis unfolded. But today, there’s a ray of light for Aussie music fans: Falls Festival has announced it will go ahead with its 2020–21 events – albeit in a different format.

The dates, locations and acts are yet-to-be confirmed, but this morning organisers announced the event will go ahead with a “limited-edition, all-Australian line-up” that’ll keep money in the local economy and support Australian musicians, management, crew, agents, roadies and production staff, as well as contractors and suppliers who have lost income due to the pandemic.

The local focus also accommodates restrictions on international travel: right now only citizens, permanent residents and people travelling on compassionate grounds are permitted to enter Australia, and the border will likely remain closed for the foreseeable future.

While no one knows what restrictions will be in place come December, the organisers say they’ll work closely with health authorities as more information becomes available.

“... Today we’re letting you know that while we’re living in strange times, we’re choosing the bright side. Our team is moving ahead and we hope we’ll be seeing you all in December/January for an all-Aussie edition of Falls Festival,” co-organisers Jess Ducrou and Paul Piticco said in a statement.

The festival will aslo raise money for Support Act, which provides essential services and crisis relief to music-industry workers.

Falls Festival fans will welcome the news. The most recent Lorne festival was cancelled on December 29 due to extreme weather and bushfire risk.

fallsfestival.com.au