Water pipeline on the side of a hill near Queenstown

COVID-19 Updates

Update – 4:31pm Friday 15 October
Clarification of advice for people who have left Southern Tasmania destined for Queenstown, please see updated 2:55pm post below.

Update – 2:55pm Friday 15 October

This message is a difficult one to share.

Following today's statement from Premier Peter Gutwein, and with the safety of our staff, artists, local community, contractors and audiences in mind, we have made the hard decision to cancel The Unconformity festival currently underway in Queenstown.

All events taking place at The Unconformity festival today and this weekend have been cancelled effective immediately.

If you are still in Southern lutruwita/Tasmania, please adhere to the quarantine recommendations on the Tasmanian Government Coronavirus website.

If you are already on the West Coast and from the South, please visit the Tasmanian Government Coronavirus website for advice on how this impacts you.

The Unconformity festival is an event that encompasses thousands of moving parts, and we are unpicking how the cancellation will impact each person who has a connection with us. This will be a complex task.

We will contact all ticketholders in the coming days with steps to complete so that refunds can be issued.

We have not made this decision lightly; the safety of Tasmanians and our community is our highest priority.

The COVID-19 Safety page on our website will be regularly updated however the best source of information is the Tasmanian Government Coronavirus website.

We thank you for your patience and understanding.

Update – 1:34pm Friday 15 October

We are aware a media conference being held this afternoon will announce changes to COVID-19 restrictions in lutruwita / Tasmania that directly affects The Unconformity festival. We are working closely with Public Health and will take all steps required to ensure we keep our staff, artists, local community, contractors and audience safe.

We know many of you have questions for us and we ask for your patience as we work through the steps required.

Update – 11:09am Thursday 14 October

The Unconformity team are aware of the reports in the news relating to COVID-19 exposure sites in Hobart. We are working closely with Public Health to deliver a safe festival. We will continue monitoring the situation and keep this page updated with relevant information.

Exposure Sites

The Tasmanian Government have added a number of exposure sites to the Tasmanian Government Coronavirus website. If you have been to one of the exposure sites listed please follow the requirements as directed by Public Health and do not attend The Unconformity 2021 festival.

COVID-19 Safety

Please note: The following information pre-dates all updates listed above. We will update any FAQs and information below as soon as possible.


Navigating a global pandemic whilst creating an uncompromising festival program is a formidable challenge. We are taking every precaution to make you safe at The Unconformity festival, and we appreciate your help in making this happen.

We have implemented changes to this year’s festival to best ensure viability within an uncertain COVID-19 environment. This includes a bigger focus on Tasmanian artists and limiting dependencies on interstate travel.

Our highest priority is to plan for the safety of everyone involved with The Unconformity festival. We have developed a COVID-19 Safety Plan which informs a range of safety procedures throughout the festival. These include:

  • Ensuring that venues allow physical distancing between patrons
  • Adhering to venue capacity limits
  • Sanitising stations provided at every festival venue
  • A regular cleaning schedule at festival venues
  • Contact-tracing procedures at every festival venue

We are following advice from state and federal health authorities on how to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission and to deliver a safe and successful festival. Any updates to our COVID-19 Safety Plan will be communicated via this page.

Tasmanian Government Check in TAS app

For each visit to an event at the festival, you will need to check-in using the Tasmanian Government’s Check in TAS App on your phone. Please allow extra time to check in and ensure your device is charged. Staff can assist with manual check-ins, if required.

The Tasmanian Government Check in TAS App can be downloaded from coronavirus.tas.gov.au/check-in-tas.

What You Can Do

We all have a responsibility to ensure that The Unconformity festival is a safe place for audiences, artists, staff, volunteers and our local community. Please remember to:

  • Maintain 1.5-metre social distancing at festival venues and events
  • Not attend the festival if you are feeling unwell
  • Regularly wash and sanitise your hands
  • Download the Tasmanian Government Check in TAS App at coronavirus.tas.gov.au/check-in-tas.

Mask Wearing

The Unconformity has received advice from Public Health that people do not need to wear masks at The Unconformity. Any updates to mask wearing will be provided on this page and on The Unconformity social media channels.

COVID-19 and Festival Tickets

Our commitment to COVID-19 Safety means that we’re offering additional flexibility through our refund policy. If you’re unwell or need to self-isolate, we can refund your tickets, as long as you contact us as soon as possible after displaying symptoms or receiving a directive to isolate. We can’t provide a refund if you contact us during the event or after the session has passed. Contact us on 03 6471 1026 or via info@theunconformity.com.au.

For more information on how COVID-19 may impact festival tickets, please view the Ticketing Information and Ticketing Terms & Conditions page.

More Information

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 guidelines in Tasmania, please visit coronavirus.tas.gov.au

The Unconformity acknowledges the palawa people as the original and traditional custodians of lutruwita / Tasmania. We commit to working respectfully to honour their ongoing cultural and spiritual connections to this land.