English DJ Wilkinson pulls out of Hidden Valley festival because he'll still be in isolation

Music artist Wilkinson has been forced to pull out of the Hidden Valley music festival.

The United Kingdom-based DJ was due to perform at the Matakana festival on Sunday, but he only just found out that this day is also his final day of isolation. He came into contact with a known Omicron case after arriving in New Zealand.

"I'd like to make it very clear that unlike another, myself and other artists around me have followed Government guidance. We have consistently tested negative and have tried to do the right thing at all times," Wilkinson said in an Instagram story.

"Throughout this time we have been in constant conversation with the NZ Government health authorities who have been amazing. I'm upset as are many others and I'm gutted for the fans of the festival."

He adds that Hidden Valley has been through a "rough time", first having to rearrange the dates for the festival and now changing its artist lineup.

"They've managed to secure a quality lineup as a replacement and if you can support them then please do."

English DJ Wilkinson pulls out of Hidden Valley festival because he'll still be in isolation
Photo credit: Instagram / @wilkinsonuk

It follows another British DJ, Dimension, testing positive for Omicron after he was in the community for two days. He was New Zealand's first community case of the fast-spreading variant.

Dimension, whose real name is Robert Etheridge, completed his seven-day stay in managed isolation before being allowed to complete his final three days in self-isolation. The Ministry of Health said he didn't wait for his negative day nine test result before leaving self-isolation, as required, and went on to visit multiple venues including a nightclub.

There has only been one other Omicron case in New Zealand's community, an Air New Zealand crew member who worked on a flight between Auckland and Sydney on December 24.