Parkes Elvis Festival organizers have expressed disappointment at new dates announced for the Tamworth Country Music Festival after it was postponed due to health restrictions to contain the Omicron variant.
Scheduled after Easter weekend, April 18-24, the new dates for the Tamworth Country Music Festival clash with the Parkes Elvis Festival.
The lineup means some vendors and artists may have to choose between the two festivals.
Parkes Elvis festival director Tiffany Steel told the Northern Daily Leader “(the clash is) really disappointing because we kept them informed of our decision-making when we canceled last year and when we made the decision to move our festival to April. .
“I think everyone is quite surprised and quite shocked by the announcement, we’ve had a number of phone calls…from merchants and people who just can’t believe the decision – we’re a bit shocked and very disappointed.”
Tamworth Area Council Mayor Russell Webb said he understood Parkes’ disappointment but said “unfortunately it just couldn’t be avoided.”
“I am confident the two can successfully co-exist on this occasion, as we know the pandemic has led to an increase in the number of Australians wanting a holiday close to home.
“Parkes need not worry – there is enough of a difference between the two events to appeal to different audiences.”
Tamworth Country Music Festival is hoping to recoup some of the money it has already spent advertising its original January dates. Organizers spent $400,000 on advertising before postponing the event and are hoping to be compensated by the NSW government’s $43million Event Saver Fund.
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