When coronavirus restrictions first hit back in March, before any of us could know the pandemic would affect our lives for the foreseeable future, the organisers of Splendour in the Grass announced that the festival – slated to be held from July 24 to 26 – would be pushed back to October. Now, with international borders closed and large outdoor gatherings still out of the question, it has again been postponed – this time to 2021.

“We have been monitoring the situation closely for the past few months and while Australia is now moving into the recovery phase, there is no timeline yet around the opening of international borders,” festival co-producers Jessica Ducrou and Paul Piticco said in a statement today. “As a result, and with our audience interests front and centre, we must announce the reschedule to 2021 now.”

The festival will now be held from July 23 to 25.

This year’s festival marked 20 years of Splendour in the Grass. Headliners The Strokes, Flume and Tyler, The Creator had all been locked in for October, and organisers say they are aiming to re-book as many of this year’s performers as possible.

Tickets purchased for this year’s festival will be valid for 2021, but those who are unable to attend can apply for refunds. Refunded tickets will be resold in a presale from 12pm June 11 to 11.59pm June 12, and general release tickets go online at 12pm on June 15 via Moshtix.