Covid-19: Rhythm & Alps audio competition headliners fall out in Omicron scare

Fat Freddy's Drop performing at Rhythm & Alps 2020. The popular New Year's Eve festival will this year be headlined by Shapeshifter.

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Body fat Freddy’s Drop performing at Rhythm & Alps 2020. The well known New Year’s Eve festival will this calendar year be headlined by Shapeshifter.

The to start with working day of South Island new music competition Rhythm & Alps has been marred by two headliners from its 2021 lineup dropping out, just after 1 analyzed constructive for the Omicron variant of Covid-19.

On the festival’s Fb page on Wednesday, a spokesperson introduced two scheduled functions could no for a longer period make it.

“Unfortunately because of to the ongoing impacts of Covid-19, Friction and Dimension are not able to make it to Wānaka to perform Rhythm & Alps 2021.

“Keep your eyes peeled for scheduling updates that we are performing on.”

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Dimension, a DJ from the United Kingdom also recognized as Robert Etheridge, has tested optimistic for the Omicron variant of Covid-19.

He arrived in New Zealand on December 16, and returned three detrimental assessments just before tests good on December 27 – the consequence of a working day 9 exam.

Friction, also a Uk-centered DJ, posted on social media he was “heartbroken”, following he was unknowingly in the vicinity of a potential Covid-19 circumstance.

“I have returned a detrimental examination but now as a precaution, I have to isolate for a period of time of time, and am sadly not heading to be able to complete for you guys at the competition tonight.

“The security of absolutely everyone at the occasion, as very well as the entire of New Zealand, is the most important factor to me earlier mentioned every thing.”

Friction played at Christchurch’s Hidden Lakes festival on Tuesday.

On Wednesday evening, drum and base duo Lee Mvtthews posted a video sharing they are shut contacts of the Omicron scenario and will be self-isolating for 7 times in its place of taking part in at Summer months Haze on Wednesday evening and at Rhythm & Alps on Thursday.

“We set so substantially time and effort and hard work into the established, truthfully, truly sense it was our finest a person nevertheless, we have received new new music, but it is what it is, and we’ve obtained to continue to keep the relaxation of the place risk-free,” they stated.

“Fingers crossed we can see you men at Golden Lights.”

Rhythm and Alps organiser Alex Turnbull explained they have been “waiting around for some instruction from the Ministry of Overall health”, but could not say a great deal much more at this time.

The popular New Year’s Eve competition is even now set to rock in Cardrona Valley, just south of Wānaka this week, and will be headlined by Shapeshifter.

An estimated 24,000 folks will show up at about 3 times, setting up on December 29.