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Listen Out confirms it won't be going ahead in 2020, looks to 2021 festival

13 July 2020 | 2:51 pm | Emma Jones

Listen Out has confirmed its 2020 events will not be going ahead due to ongoing concerns and restrictions from the global pandemic.

In unsurprising but still upsetting news, it has been confirmed that LISTEN OUT (and sister festival LISTEN IN) will not be going ahead this year due to ongoing restrictions, concerns and uncertainty from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The festival has always heavily relied on diverse, forward-thinking and often-international bookings, so it is not exactly a shock to read this news. But in a time when things are too uncertain, and given the festival's usual timing of September/October, it might just be a case of being too close to call for the festival to hedge its bets of intending to go ahead.

Organisers said in a statement, "Well, we waited as long as we possibly could in case it became possible... but as you probably expected, the Listen Out / Listen In Aust & NZ tour can't go ahead this year. We had a killer lineup ready to go, a new venue for Melbourne and heaps of changes in the other cities which you would have loved. Sadly though, it wasn't to be..."

"But we're already working hard on Listen Out / Listen In 2021 and we cannot wait to see you there! Til then: Stay true, stay strong, and keep love in your heart. :)"

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Words by Emma Jones

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