COVID hit's local music venue Dashville again

Dashville event PigSty in July has been forced to postpone for the second time due to the current COVID-19 outbreak in Sydney.

The highly anticipated, boot scootin', event was scheduled to go ahead the first weekend of July however the initial two week Greater Sydney lockdown and regional NSW restrictions forced the event to be pushed back until July 31, when restrictions were expected to have eased.

However, with the current Sydney situation continuing to worsen, the local music venue has yet again had to postpone the big bash until August 28.

UNCERTAIN TIMES: Dashville's PigSty in July has had to reschedule for a second time due to the ongoing Sydney COVID-19 Delta strain outbreak.

UNCERTAIN TIMES: Dashville's PigSty in July has had to reschedule for a second time due to the ongoing Sydney COVID-19 Delta strain outbreak.

"It's a shame that we have again had to reschedule this big event but we are starting to get used to being on our toes, alert and prepared for changes now," said Dashville Organiser Matt Johnsen.

Unlike last year, when Dashville's star event the Gumball was cancelled eight weeks out, the PigSty in July event was completely set up, ready to go.

"The issue with the postponing of PigSty was we were completely set up for the initial date.

"All that was left to do was by the fresh produce like vegetables, all of our food and drink vendors were set up and we were good to go."

The PigSty line-up includes Melbourne's cult outfit Jazzparty, '90s alt-rockers Front End Loader and Newcastle acts Bloody Hell, Well?, Bitchcraft and more.

Jazzparty will use the opportunity to showcase tracks from their new album Nobody Gets Away, due for release next Friday.

"It's another hit for the music and tourism industry, but we are utilising the grants we do manage to receive which have been helpful, but also require a lot of work to execute them," Matt continued.

Meanwhile, the COVID crisis hasn't prevented Dashville from beefing up the bill for one of their heavier styled events, Thrashville, on September 11.

On top of this they have also commenced the planning of events to go ahead in 2022 given that the current COVID situation diminishing

"We are excited to begin planning for next year's events despite all that is going on right now with the current COVID restrictions in place," Matt continued.

Dashville Nights is a 'smaller' concert model held at the iconic bushland camping venue, a style of show that has been running intermittently over the last few years, aimed at embracing original live music in a regional setting.

Held on more intimate staging than the festivals it is renowned for, the laid-back stylings of Dashville Nights has proven to be a great experience for both the performer and the audience.

As such with the assistance of funding, Dashville is working towards making the concerts more of a permanent fixture, working in conjunction with Hunter Tent Stay and other key major events in the region.

The idea is to offer a unique musical tourism weekend escape which compliments the traditional Hunter Valley wine country experience.