Coronavirus: Homegrown 2020 postponed

The organisers of sold out New Zealand festival Homegrown have announced this weekend's festival will be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

"It's with an extremely heavy heart that we announce Homegrown 2020 will NOT be running this weekend," a statement on the festival's Facebook page read on Monday morning. 

"We are mindful that many of you have flights and accommodation that you may be able to save or change so we pushed to get an answer before the scheduled Government announcement. 

"Based on the conversations with authorities and the advice given we will not be able to run this weekend.

"As you can see by the photos, our team have been working very hard to do everything we can to forge ahead despite such uncertain times."

The organisers said that they didn't have an answer for ticketholders regarding refunds or a rescheduled date as of yet. 

"We are devastated and are looking at all options as to how we move forward. We will be postponing but as you can imagine the logistics of that are huge and we need to wait on Government advice for dates," the statement continued. 

"As far as refunds go, unfortunately we don’t have a clear answer on that as there are many factors involved. We appreciate your patience as we work through all of this, and we will let you know as soon as we do.

"We are so grateful for all of your support and sincerely apologise for all of the inconvenience." 

The event was set to feature Shapeshifter, Mitch James, Shihad, David Dallas, Stan Walker, Dragon, L.A.B, Devilskin, Robinson, Kings, The Black Seeds, ZED, Katchafire, SACHI, Villainy, Montell2009, Concord Dawn, Lee Mvtthews, David Dallas, Nesian Mystik, Church & AP, Lepani, Mako Road, Summer Thieves, Thomas Oliver, Dan Aux, Sin and Written by Wolves.

Last year, Homegrown was subject to a mass evacuation after a security scare. The festival took place just over a week after the Christchurch terror attacks.