Partnering with industry colleagues, Under The Southern Stars Promoter, Andrew McManus has pitched a COVID-safe road map for international tours to resume in February 2021 to the Federal Government. Andrew McManus, who has toured Fleetwood Mac, Luciano Pavarotti and Guns N Roses, has partnered with industry colleagues to ask authorities to use the Under The Southern Stars Festival, with international headliners Stone Temple Pilots, Bush and Live, as a "test case" for future live music events.
Together, they are lobbying the Prime Minster Scott Morrison, Health Minister Greg Hunt
and Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton to support their "Australian Live Music And
Music Festival COVID Safe Plan."
This alliance of promoters said the plan will ‘light the way’ for our colleagues allowing them to follow suit with clear guidelines to follow at their-future events and festivals." If the plan is adopted, it would be the first tour of international artists since coronavirus restrictions.
McManus told the Herald Sun newspaper last Friday: "We want to be part of the solution, not part of the COVID problem. "We want to work ,with government, federal, state and local at all levels and formulate a plan that can get our industry off its knees.
"There needs to be a road map made, and we feel ,we can be a flag point for the industry to reopen its doors."
McManus also said if the festival becomes a "test case," they will share the road map "at no cost, to operate all future festivals in this country."
The COVID-safe plan will see strict measures put in place for touring artists with public health and safety of patrons and staff being of the utmost importance.
Stay tuned, we'll keep you updated as our plans progress! We look forward to seeing you all at Under The Southern Stars 2021