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The Northern Bass Music Festival has canceled its 2021/2022 event.
New Years’ drum and bass festival Northern Bass is refusing to pull the pin just yet, preferring to wait for the next government traffic light update on December 13.
Plans are well underway for the three-day festival and event organizer Gareth Popham said Thing they are sticking to it despite yesterday’s news that the event site in Mangawhai falls under a “red” light under the new Covid-19 protection framework from Friday.
Popham said all ticket holders had received an email, asking if they wanted to aim for the December 29 kickoff as scheduled, waiting the final weeks to cancel if necessary, or postpone to 2022.
“We won’t cancel, there is no reason to cancel,” Popham said.
“We have sold 11,500 tickets and currently have 10,000 children on a waiting list who want tickets.”
The Northern Bass site in Mangawhai is an hour north of Auckland and is located in the Northland District Health Board area, which currently has 76% of its population double vaccinated and 85% partially.
Popham said all patrons, staff and performers at the event will be fully vaccinated and that they are crossing their fingers for amber light status in mid-December.
Under “red”, sites using the vaccination passport system cannot accommodate gatherings of more than 100 people. Social distancing of 1m is also required during outdoor events.
However, at “orange” there is no limit on the number if they use vaccine passes.
Auckland and several other parts of the North Island with lower vaccination rates will also start red on Friday. These are the districts of Taupō, lakes of Rotorua, Whakatāne, Kawerau, pōtiki, Wairoa, Rangitikei, Whanganui and Ruapehu.
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The sold-out event is expected to be led by UK DJ Andy C and electronic music duo Chase & Status.