A top Marlborough music festival has been forced to cancel amid safety concerns.
The Southern Jam Youth Jazz Festival has been called off due to coronavirus fears.
But organisers have promised something fun to fill the gap.
Uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic left “too many unknown variables” for the festival to proceed, organisers say.
The week-long youth jazz festival and competition, featuring young musicians from high schools all around the South Island, has been a staple of the Marlborough event calendar for many years.
“After careful consideration and in close collaboration with the Marlborough District Council, the decision has been made to cancel Southern Jam this year,” the announcement, on Facebook, says.
The festival would see students performing at bars and restaurants before a gala performance at the ASB theatre.
“The safety of our students, staff and the public continues to be our number one priority and the current uncertainties regarding the COVID-19 situation leaves too many unknown variables at this point in time.”