After cancelling its 2020 event, Strawberry Fields has announced plans to go ahead this year, locking in dates for October.
The festival will return to Tocumwal, New South Wales from October 29-31.
General sale commences on February 9 through Humanitix, but punters are able to enter a special ballot on January 19 for their chance to secure discounted early bird and first-round tickets. The ballots will be drawn on January 20.
All proceeds raised from the festival’s booking fees will be donated to funding scholarships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
As with previous iterations, the festival will also run its low-income ticket program in 2021, aiming to provide access to those of lower socioeconomic status. Applications for the program open on April 1, with successful entrants to be notified mid-year.
Strawberry Fields will also continue to run its Birthday Tickets initiative this year. Those with photo ID proving that their birthday falls during the festival’s dates will receive free entry.
Organisers have conceded that the ongoing coronavirus pandemic could pose a threat to the festival’s 2021 event.
“We will be doing everything within our power to plan our most fantastic festival to date and will stay in close contact with planning authorities on how to do that,” festival director Tara Benney said in a statement.
“If we are forced to cancel due to COVID-19, we will reschedule the festival. Tickets will roll to those new dates. If you cannot make the new dates, you will be guaranteed a 90 per cent refund of your ticket price.
“We will introduce a 10 per cent COVID-19 cancellation fee to cover the considerable cost of planning and building a damn fine festival all year long.”
Stay tuned for the festival’s lineup announcement.