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End2End, Grapevine Gathering and Hope Rocks among latest COVID postponements

Hunter Valley tourism has taken another hit with three more festivals changing their dates due to the worsening COVID-19 pandemic in NSW.

The Parish of Pokolbin's End2End festival - which was to be held across four venues on September 18 - has been called off for the second year running.

Ticketholders are urged to hold onto their tickets for next year's festival, which is set down for September 17.

"All tickets purchased for the 2020 and 2021 festival will now be valid for the 2022 event," festival organiser Grant Smith said.

"We are a small group of businesses in the Pokolbin region trying to raise awareness of Pokolbin and what we have to offer.

"This postponement has a major effect on our businesses so we would ask you to help support us by not requesting a refund but holding onto your tickets and coming to visit the festival in September 2022.

"If you do wish to take advantage of a refund they are available from the members section of the website until August 31."

SWEET LINEUP: The Veronicas are set to play at Grapevine Gathering, which has been rescheduled to January 15.

SWEET LINEUP: The Veronicas are set to play at Grapevine Gathering, which has been rescheduled to January 15.

Roche Estate music festival Grapevine Gathering - featuring Peking Duk, Jungle Giants and The Veronicas - has been postponed from October 9 to January 15, while Hope Estate's Hope Rocks festival, which was to be held on October 16, has been moved to February 5.

Hope Rocks headliner James Reyne is confirmed for the rescheduled date as is the other six Australian acts - The Baby Animals, Rose Tattoo, Choirboys, Models, Boom Crash Opera and Nick Barker and the Reptiles.

Other music festivals scheduled for October include Dashville Skyline (October 1 to 3) and Roche Estate's Red Hot Summer (October 23), featuring Jimmy Barnes and Hoodoo Gurus.

No official decision has been announced on those festivals, but with the Greater Sydney lockdown extended to the end of September, postponements are expected soon.

Dashville chief Matt Johnston conceded Skyline "doesn't look positive" but he will delay making a decision on the music festival until September.

The Lower Belford venue's punk, metal and hard rock festival, Thrashville, has been postponed from September 11 to November 6 as "plan A" or to February 12 as "plan B"; while its PigSty in July event has been postponed for a fourth time from August 28 to November 27.

UP IN THE AIR: William Crighton features on the Dashville Skyline lineup. Picture: Renae Saxby

UP IN THE AIR: William Crighton features on the Dashville Skyline lineup. Picture: Renae Saxby

Due to the three-day line-up - which features the likes of The Black Sorrows, The Murlocs, and Bellbird's own William Crighton - Johnston said Skyline could not be rescheduled like PigSty and Thrashville.

Johnston, like many promoters and small business owners, is pinning his hopes on the vaccine roll-out restoring normality.

"It seems like the vaccine roll-out is going to determine it. Which is good in some ways as there's something to hold onto, some form of resolution potentially," he said.

"It gives us a bit of hope for a timeframe. We're getting into 18 months now and we're all on our last legs."

Hope Estate had already moved its Big Ram Beer and BBQ Festival from August to the last weekend in October.

Other local events cancelled due to the latest COVID restrictions include the Cessnock Stomp Festival in October and Simple Minds' show at Bimbadgen Estate in December.

HUNTER VALLEY EVENTS CALENDAR: 2021-22 (subject to COVID restrictions)

October 1-3 (TBC): Dashville Skyline at Dashville, Lower Belford (ft. The Black Sorrows, William Crighton, Liz Stringer, Jeff Lang, Icecream Hands, Tracy McNeil & The GoodLife, Caitlin Harnett & The Pony Boys and more).

October 30-31: Hunter Valley Beer and BBQ Festival at Hope Estate, Pokolbin.

November 6 or February 12 (TBC): Thrashville at Dashville, Lower Belford (ft. Kim Salmon's Smoked Salmon, Cable Ties, The New Christs and more).

October 23: Red Hot Summer Tour at Roche Estate, Pokolbin (ft. Jimmy Barnes, Hoodoo Gurus, Chris Cheney, Diesel, Vika and Linda Bull and Jon Stevens).

November 20: Sunset Sounds at Roche Estate, Pokolbin (ft. Xavier Rudd, Pete Murray, Kasey Chambers, Ben Lee, The Beautiful Girls and Josh Pyke).

November 27: Pigsty In July at Dashville, Lower Belford (ft. Front End Loader, Jazzparty, Vaudeville Smash, Casino Rumblers, The Bottlers, Bloody Hell, Bitchcraft, Jet City Sports Club, Punk Rock Hilly Billy, Well? and Autumn Hearts).

January 15: Grapevine Gathering at Roche Estate, Pokolbin (ft. Peking Duk, The Veronicas, The Jungle Giants, San Cisco, Vera Blue, King Stingray, Rest For The Wicked, CC Disco and The Uninspired Unemployed).

January 29: SummerSalt ft. at Roche Estate, Pokolbin (ft. The Teskey Brothers, The Cat Empire, John Butler, Boy & Bear, Montaigne and Emily Wurramara).

February 5: Hope Rocks at Hope Estate, Pokolbin (ft. James Reyne, Baby Animals, Rose Tattoo, Choirboys, Models, Boom Crash Opera and Nick Barker and the Reptiles).

March 26: Rod Stewart at Roche Estate, Pokolbin.

September 17 (2022): End2End Festival at Pokolbin (held across four venues: Cypress Lakes Resort, Drayton's Family Wines, Ben Ean and Blaxland Inn).