The Under the Southern Stars spectacular concert series featuring  Cheap Trick, Bush and Stone Temple Pilots has regrettably and unfortunately been postponed. Again.

Who would want to be a concert promoter at the moment? At the best of times, the job is akin to walking a tightrope. During the pandemic, despite their best efforts to bring music to the fans, these habitual risk-takers just can’t get a break. This was to be the first Australian tour featuring international acts since the pandemic began. All eyes were upon us, with the music world hoping like hell that finally a big international tour would proceed and succeed. Again, thoughts go out to all of the bands, the crew and everyone else associated with the tour.

In a statement today the organisers outlined their reasons for the postponement:

Given the disappointingly slow roll-out of the vaccine by the Government, there is no confidence that we can keep all safe and proceed as planned at our festivals this May. The continuing mismanagement of the Covid-19 situation at all levels of government has led to numerous inconsistencies and on-going broken promises by officials that ultimately affect the safety of our patrons, artists and our crews, both domestic and international. So much so that the situation presents too much to risk to go forward with the dates as planned at the end of April and into May 2021.

The very recent eleventh hour cancellation of Byron Bay Bluesfest by the NSW government on the eve of the landmark festivals start date over Easter was an incredibly disheartening display of what could possibly happen to our patrons, artists and crews – being left stranded high and dry only moments before one of our events is set to kick off.  We wish to protect all, and avoid a situation such as this.

To keep all involved as safe as we can and limit the possibility of getting stuck in the middle of further snap lockdowns, border closures and other knee-jerk reactions, we have to move Under The Southern Stars to a time that gives the series its best chance of running smoothly, as planned and ultimately allowing for the best experience possible to all ticket holders.

This is not a decision that we have taken lightly, but the safety of all is our motivation.

Under The Southern Stars promoter, Andrew McManus has issued the following statement.
‘We ask you all to continue to believe in us. We must protect our artists and patrons. We get it … how many times can the Australian system force another postponement? So we are making the hard decision to reschedule Under The Southern Stars to the first quarter of 2022 and ask that all our valued supporters hold on to their tickets and in return we will be announcing some truly exciting additions to the line-up and festival circuit!

We sincerely apologise for the situation and ask once again for our loyal patrons to #keepyourticket and stay tuned. Not only for new dates, but we are planning on making Under The Southern Stars bigger and better. It will absolutely be worth the wait.

A full announcement including the rescheduled dates, additions to the line-up and more will be shared in the coming weeks.

All tickets already purchased will be valid for new shows when they are announced.

Further information concerning rescheduled dates will be available via


When we spoke with Cheap Trick’s guitar legend Rick Nielsen last month, he was looking forward to flying to Australia and didn’t mind the thought of two weeks in quarantine. Sadly, we won’t be seeing the band here this year. Just for fun, you can watch that interview with Rick below and learn about the band’s new album as well.

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