Busselton scores the Good Day Sunshine Festival in 2020

Xavier Rudd is bringing his good vibes to the Good Day Sunshine Festival which has been moved to Barnard Park in Busselton on October 3, 2020.Image supplied.
Xavier Rudd is bringing his good vibes to the Good Day Sunshine Festival which has been moved to Barnard Park in Busselton on October 3, 2020.Image supplied.

The Good Day Sunshine Festival is moving to Barnard Park in Busselton so event organisers can meet COVID-19 safety guidelines.

It will be the world's first COVID-19 safe music festival, which has a new format to keep festival goers safe by splitting the venue into four separate areas with a revolving centre stage.

WA promoters Macro Music said they were thrilled to be able to hold the world's first COVID-19 safe music festival in Busselton on October 31 , 2020.

Macro Music chief executive Ross Macpherson said once they realised that the previous venue at 3 Oceans Winery would be too small there was no question they would hold the event in Busselton.

"We are really pumped to be in Busselton, the City of Busselton have been so supportive of all our events over the years and we love working with everyone at the council they are such legends," he said.

"When the requirement came up that we would have to move to a larger site there was no question we would go to Barnard Park."

In order for the festival to go ahead in a COVID-19 safe way event organisers had to move the show.

"The current restrictions we are under, two-square metres per person, meant that 3 Oceans was just not big enough to handle that," Mr Macpherson said.

"We were mindful we had sold too many tickets to be at 3 Oceans under the two-square metre rule let alone the four-square metre rule.

"So we developed this site at Barnard Park so we could have 5,000 people at the one festival in the four independent venues.

"The idea was to present a festival option where we could still have a festival scale and keep people safe."

John Butler is headlining the Good Day Sunshine Festival in Busselton.

John Butler is headlining the Good Day Sunshine Festival in Busselton.

Mr Macpherson said the centre part of the stage would rotate and the PA system and screens would remain static.

"There will be a camera team filming in front of the artists at all times which will be displayed on screens and the centre part of the stage will rotate throughout the set so everyone gets the same experience," he said.

There are less than 300 tickets left to the event and festival goers will be asked to jump on the website on Monday to nominate which one of the four areas they would like to be in.

"It is important people check in with their friends to figure out which area they are going to watch the show from so they can still spend it with all their favourite people," Mr Macpherson said.

"All the information will be available on the website gooddaysunshinefest.com."

Vikki Thorn from the Waifs joins the Good Day Sunshine Festival lineup in Busselton. Image supplied.

Vikki Thorn from the Waifs joins the Good Day Sunshine Festival lineup in Busselton. Image supplied.

Vikki Thorn from The Waifs joins the lineup to replace Ainslie Wills who is currently in Melbourne and unable to travel.

Thorn will be joined by John Butler, Xavier Rudd, Josh Pyke, Kyle Lionhart, Dulcie and Margaret River's very own Moon & Honey.

"We were very lucky to be able to secure Vikki Thorn to fill the slot, it is amazing and we are over the moon she is here in WA and available," Mr Macpherson said.

Mr Macpherson said they were encouraging people to bring small picnic rugs and low back chairs so they could be comfortable and enjoy their space.

"There will be a selection of local food vendors in each area which will have its own bar, food, drinks and water along with St John First Aid, toilets and a merchandise stand," he said.

"Everything you would normally expect from going to a show at 3 Oceans will be available to you within your area."

Good Day Sunshine generates employment and income opportunities for local and Perth based businesses, and with over 70 per cent of patrons travelling from the Perth metro area.

WA Tourism stats indicate the average stay is three nights and each person spends around $140 per day, injecting almost $1.5 million into the region via accommodation, cafes, restaurants, bars and shopping.

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