A multitude of New Year’s Eve events have now been cancelled after Premier Mark McGowan extended COVID restrictions for Perth people, including mask wearing and a ban on dancing.
The announcement has left eager ticket holders disappointed, as they won’t be bringing in the new year as they had planned at the array of festivals outlined below.
Among the State Government’s restrictions – which were on Monday extended to 6am, January 4 – was the cancellation of high risk, large public events like music festivals. Nightclubs will also be closed, with dancing banned, except for weddings.
New Year’s Eve
Ice Cream Factory, Northbridge
A statement from organisers describes the government’s decision as a “kick to the guts”.
“We wholeheartedly believe and support that the health and safety of patrons comes first but it should be an even field across the board when it comes to large scale events,” a post reads on their Instagram.
“We have invested thousands of hours and millions of dollars to be able to deliver the best experience that we are proud of, and that West Australians deserve. For that opportunity to be pulled from us in executing what we had hoped to be a memorable celebration, is truly devastating.”
Origin Fields, Langley Park
Event organisers confirmed the news on Facebook that they will be cancelling this year’s festival, stating that half of the venue had been built and that “no expenses has been spared”.
“It just frustrating to see that horse racing and gambling takes precedence over the arts in this state and there’s no real nice way to frame that,” the statement said.
“We are sorry to all the patrons, staff and suppliers affected by this and we will be making some formal announcements to ticket holders regarding refunds shortly.”
Disco Dreams, Toots
Snack Festival, Claremont Showground
Organisers have rescheduled the event to January 15 after the new restrictions were introduced.
“Today’s announcement restricting events until January 4th is not just heartbreaking, it unfortunately means 737 staff scheduled to work on NYE no longer have a job. We are crushed that we can’t celebrate & count in the new year together,” organisers wrote on Instagram.
“We’d like to thank the Claremont Showground for allowing us to keep up the $891,000 of infrastructure & costs that have already been incurred for this event, along with our suppliers – who have essentially had their festive revenues destroyed – in the hope that by postponing by a couple of weeks will allow us to celebrate together in January!”
Seasons Festival, Wellington Square
Organisers confirmed the event has been cancelled and they weren’t too happy about it either.
“Bluntly, this f.. sucks. This was going to be our biggest and best yet, and we wish we could have partied with you all this NYE. However, it is not to be. We are hurting right now, like many in our industry are as well, but we have to look at the bright side and try to find the positive,” a Facebook status read.
Organisers have told ticket holders to keep their tickets for an event scheduled for Australia Day long weekend.
“All tickets for this event will be valid for Seasons Aus Day Weekend 2022, and we will include a free drink on arrival for everyone that holds onto their NYE ticket! We encourage you to keep your ticket and support our industry & business! However, if you want a refund for the NYE event we will be offering refunds via the Moshtix site from today.”
Rambla on Swan, South Perth
The sold-out event has been cancelled following the decision by the government. Rambla on Swan confirmed the news on their Facebook.
“Due to the Premier’s decision today we will refund all NYE ticket monies as soon as possible. We cannot conduct the event with the imposed restrictions. The restaurant will trade from tomorrow as per normal.”
The Court, Perth CBD
The nightclub confirmed on Facebook that their NYE event has been cancelled.
“Unfortunately due to the recent press conference we are going to have to reschedule our Court Vs Connections nightclub event, and cancel our New Years Eve Woodstock event,” the statement said.
“We are deeply saddened but you all know the party will continue when we are allowed! All tickets will be refunded to you automatically this process may take a couple of days for the funds to be reimbursed back into your accounts.”
Transmission, The Sewing Room
The venue has had to cancel a handful of events following the announcement by McGowan.
An Instagram post said they will refund tickets to ticketholders.
Diamonds Are Forever: Shine Bright Like a Diamond, Connections
A drag show featuring Barbie Q’s Bond Girls – Ruby Jewels, Sugar Du Joure, Serenity, Sassie Cassie and Karl Kayoss, as well as DJs Hello Sailor, Tasty, P Lilly, Mama Cass and Amanda Power the event was going to a night to remember. Unfortunately, the nightclub will no longer be able to open for NYE celebrations.
The Camfield, Burswood
The Camfield has also announced they have been forced to cancel their NYE event.
“Due to the latest extension of Covid 19 restrictions, The Camfield will unfortunately be cancelling its New Year’s Eve event. Tickets purchased will be refunded, with more information to come as we co-ordinate this with our ticketing partner Oztix,” an Instagram post read.
The venue will remain open on NYE for any walk-ins.
Empire Bar, Burswood
The Bar confirmed they will no longer be holding their NYE celebrations on Facebook.
“Due to the Premier’s decision today we will refund all NYE ticket monies as soon as possible and will keep the pub closed awaiting his decision on the 4th Jan. The bottleshop will trade through each day as normal. Thank you!”
Tickets: $150 (VIP experience)
New Years Day
The annual event sees Perth’s top socialites gather for the New Years Day celebrations. With 7 hours worth of alcohol, oyster bar, daybeds and lounges with a guaranteed “ultra-premium New Year’s Day experience” the event is a favourite for many.
Organisers confirmed the restrictions meant the event would be cancelled on Facebook.
“Due to the latest covid 19 announcement and restrictions being extended to January 4, Suited NYD event is officially cancelled. All ticket purchases will receive refunds and this will be coordinated with our ticketing partner Oztix with more information coming shortly,” a statement said.
“We are very disappointed with the outcome, cancelling what would have been a Sold Out event only days out is frustrating for everyone involved, however, the safety of our guests is paramount. Further to this, we value our guest experience and we would not run the event with restrictions in place limiting the experience.”
Tickets: $311.10 (final release price)
Pineapple Club, Market Square
Motif Open Air, Port Beach
The NYD beach festival sold out earlier in the month. Coast Port Beach confirmed the news on their Facebook page.
“Whilst we fully support the #markmcgowan decisions, this is a devastating time for Coast and its employees. Our busiest time of year is wiped out. So bear with us and support your local when you can.”
The Gog Block Party, Esplanade Park Fremantle
Held over New Years Eve and New Years Day, the two-day event hosted by The Old Synagogue had multiple stages, more than 20 DJ’s, fireworks, a silent disco, and much more. Organisers confirmed the news on Facebook stating the event will be moved to January 15.
“For our loyal fans who are able to stick with us, there is nothing to do, your tickets will remain valid for the new date. For anyone who can’t make it on Jan 15, you’ll receive an email early in the New Year from Moshtix with instructions on how to request a full refund.”
The venue will remain open on NYE and NYD however masks must be worn.
Tickets from $39.90 to $109.90
Primary At Ice Cream Factory
Already having to cancel their Christmas Eve, Boxing Day and New Years Eve events, Ice Cream Factory will now have to cancel their NYD event, Primary.
Tickets: From $25
Banana Social was expected to take over Elizabeth Quay this NYD, with the drink stations and DJs partygoers know and love. Organisers had to cancel their Boxing Day event and had hoped to reschedule.
Henry Summer’s Stripes Disco
Organisers confirmed they could no longer go through with the event.
“Unfortunately due to current COVID restrictions our New Years Day event can no longer go ahead. All ticket holders will receive a full refund automatically, you do not need to do anything to receive your refund. Thank you for your understanding, stay safe and hopefully we will see you again soon.”