No Gud: Festival postponed to March 2023, lineup changes expected

Photo: Instagram/@gud.festival
Photo: Instagram/@gud.festival

As uncertainty hangs over concerts and festivals in Jakarta, organizers of Gud Fest 2022 have announced that the event will be pushed back to 2023 due to “unforeseen circumstances.”

The postponement of the music festival, which was initially scheduled for this upcoming weekend (Nov. 18-20), may also force changes to the lineup due to possible scheduling conflicts with artists.

A post by Gud Fest says the festival will take place on March 18 and 19 at the original venue, namely the Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) sports complex. It also provides a link for refunds, which you can access here.

The organizers have not announced any changes to the lineup as of this article’s publication.

Among the artists signed up for the November dates were Lauv, Honne, Chvrces, and Dashboard Confessional.

Honne took to Twitter yesterday to apologize to fans for the postponement. Without confirming whether they would perform at Gud Fest in March, the English duo promised that they will “be back as soon as possible next year.”

Recently, Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno gave his assurances that no concerts or music festivals would be cancelled for the remainder of 2022, amid reports that organizers have been deterred by tightened crowd regulations.

That said, the Jakarta Tourism and Creative Economy Agency over the weekend announced a 70 percent capacity limit on concerts and festivals, citing health and safety considerations. The regulation was imposed on the back of the police ending a three-day music festival, named Berdendang Bergoyang, on its second day after promoters allegedly sold more tickets than the venue could hold.

The Kanjuruhan Stadium disaster on Oct. 1, which claimed the lives of 135 people albeit allegedly triggered by police brutality as opposed to pure crowd mismanagement, is also fresh on the mind of Indonesians.

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