The arts and music festival has been held at The Ice Cream Factory in Perth for the past three years, and will now expand to include a Brisbane and Melbourne leg.
The event will be held across three weeks in its original Perth home at the same time as Brisbane’s Victoria Parklands from December 11-31, before setting up in Melbourne’s Federation Square from March 19 to April 5.
The lineup so far features a bunch of Australian artists, with some variation between cities. Vera Blue and Confidence Man are Brisbane performers only, while Cosmo’s Midnight are exclusive to Perth. Peking Duk and The Presets will play both legs, only skipping Melbourne.
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The team behind the event have taken the current uncertainty of the festival landscape into consideration, with full refunds offered if any of the legs are cancelled or rescheduled. They have also confirmed replacement dates with the artists if the event is moved.
In a press statement, event co-director Chris Bausor said the festival was designed with public health and safety in mind.
“Our event runs over three weeks, with capacity limited to a maximum of 4,000 per day, allowing for greater social distancing measures and a unique headline performance each night, which would not be possible in a more traditional format over a shorter period of time,” he explained.
The announcement comes during an uncertain time for many music festivals, with Falls Festival, Meredith, This That, Boogie and more joining the growing list of events that have been cancelled or postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Perth and Brisbane, where two legs of the Factory Summer Festival are being held, have both been hosting live music events like Wave Rock Weekender and Brisbane Festival thanks to an easing of restrictions. However, Melbourne is still currently under stage four lockdown.
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The Factory Summer Festival 2020 lineup is:
Vera Blue (Brisbane only)
Confidence Man (Brisbane only)
Cosmo’s Midnight (Perth only)
Nina Las Vegas
Northeast House Party
Peking Duk (Perth and Brisbane only)
The Presets (Perth and Brisbane only)
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