Backflip on Gero Summersalt

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John Butler in action at the University of Western Australia.
Camera IconJohn Butler in action at the University of Western Australia. Credit: WA News

A music festival set to hit Geraldton this weekend has been mysteriously cancelled, with event organisers remaining tight lipped on their reasoning.

The Summersalt Festival was due to bring John Butler, The Teskey Brothers, The Cat Empire and Emily Wurramarato to the Geraldton Multipurpose Centre this Saturday, after tickets went on sale in November.

Event organiser Zaccaria Concerts and Touring and publicist Menard PR did not respond to requests for comment, but released a statement today via the festival’s website announcing its cancellation.

“Regrettably we have to advise that Summersalt, scheduled to be held in Geraldton this Saturday March 20, won’t be going ahead due to previously unforeseen operational reasons,” it read.

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“All patrons will of course be refunded in full.”

The national festival will still go ahead in Fremantle on Sunday, before hitting Sydney, Woolongong and Darwin.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane van Styn said the City had worked “tirelessly” to help event organisers run a successful concert in Geraldton and were sad it wouldn’t be going ahead.

“The City has had great working experiences with Zaccaria Touring before...We look forward to working with them at the next opportunity,” he said.

“The COVID restrictions in place in WA have impacted on this event and many others. We look forward to the vaccine alleviating the risks to these shows and hope thee public will support similar events returning in the future.

“The City acknowledges these events are very expensive to run and do require significant ticket sales to go ahead even without the costs of COVID 19.

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