Splendour In The City cancelled due to Sydney lockdown

Tash Sultana, Ziggy Ramo, Ocean Alley and more acts were scheduled to perform

Splendour In The Grass’ Sydney-based satellite event, Splendour In The City, has been cancelled due to the current lockdown taking place throughout the region.

The pop-up event in Sydney would have seen a string of Australian acts play shows across two rooms – Customs Hall and Cargo Hall – in the city’s Overseas Passenger Terminal every night from 10-18 July.

Artists that were locked in to play included Tash Sultana, Ziggy Ramo, Ocean Alley, Violent Soho, Spacey Jane and Vera Blue, among others.


Organisers have said the Greater Sydney lockdown, currently in place until July 9, as well as outbreaks in other states have made it impossible to progress with the event.

“This is a heartbreaking situation for all of the crew, suppliers and artists that were working hard to deliver this event for Sydney. Splendour in the City was set to provide much needed income for our live music industry which has been devasted since March 2020,” Secret Sounds co-CEO Jessica Ducrou said in a statement.

“We want to thank all of the music lovers out there who purchased tickets. Your ongoing support is very much appreciated.”

Refunds will be processed from tomorrow (June 29).

Though Splendour In The City has been cancelled, a virtual reality version of Splendour In The Grass, titled Splendour XR, is still taking place at the end of July.


The virtual festival will be streaming two days worth of performances made specifically for the event, with acts like The Killers, Charli XCX, Phoebe Bridgers, Khalid and more all set to play.

Splendour In The Grass is set to go ahead this November at North Byron Parklands. While most of the lineup remains under wraps, we do know that the event will be headlined by The Strokes, Gorillaz and Tyler, The Creator – who recently made his return with ‘Call Me If You Get Lost’.

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