In a crushing blow to goths Australia-wide, Dark Mofo has cancelled its 2020 iteration amid fears of financial losses in the millions due to the impact of the coronavirus.
It is the first major Australian music festival to be cancelled due to the risk assessments around the virus - with the festival’s Creative Director, Leigh Carmichael, stating that the team had no option but to move the festival’s program to 2021.
“After a thorough risk assessment on the potential impact and disruption of coronavirus, we have been left with no option other than to move the current program to 2021,” he said.
“The financial exposure faced by David Walsh of a festival-wide last-minute cancellation would run into the millions, and likely end the event permanently. We’ve had to act decisively to ensure Dark Mofo’s long term survival."
“Our current priority is to minimise the implications and cost on our audience, artists, suppliers, sponsors and key stakeholders, and support our staff through a challenging period.”
At the time of cancellation, Bon Iver was the only performances announced for the multi-week festival, and the Dark Mofo team has confirmed that these sold-out shows will still go ahead.
No other performances, panels, or art installations had been announced as part of the 2020 program, but it is assumed that the program will be shifted to form part of the lineup for the 2021 Dark Mofo festival.