A furious DJ was ordered to pull the plug on his gig at an outdoor festival because revellers were dancing.
There are growing calls for a 11-month dancing ban to be lifted in South Australia, where no locally-acquired coronavirus cases have been recorded since November.
Pedro Machado, aka DJ Moshman, was halfway through his set at the Garden of Unearthly Delights at the Adelaide Fringe Festival on Saturday night when the gig was abruptly shut down by event marshals.
Footage from the event shows dozens of enthusiastic revellers letting their hair down and dancing to the music, including Tina Turner’s 1980s chart-topper What’s Love Got To Do With It.
A DJ set at the Garden of Unearthly Delights at the Adelaide Fringe Festival was shut down on Saturday night after dancing revellers (pictured) let their hair down
Many revellers were kicked out of the venue by security for breaching restrictions, with police seen roaming through the crowds and removing dancers.
While dancing is allowed in South Australia, it is only permitted at ticketed events and private functions such as weddings and is regarded as a ‘high risk’ activity by the state’s health authorities.
‘I’ve been doing this for 31 years. I’ve never had to stand behind a DJ stand and watch people being kicked out of a venue for dancing,’ DJ Moshman told Ten News.
He called for the confusing rules on dancing to be eased so entertainment, arts and hospitality sectors can bounce back financially and boost the mental health of the industries devastated by the pandemic.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted event organisers for comment.
The Garden of Unearthly Delights is part of the annual Adelaide Fringe Festival with the venue renowned for its diverse program of arts and entertainment.
The much-loved venue describes itself on its website as a ‘unique festival playground’ of multiple performance venues, bars, carnival rides, stalls and ‘sideshow surprises’.
Saturday night’s event has renewed calls for the dancing ban to be lifted in South Australia. Pictured are revellers dancing closely together before the event was shut down
A spokeswoman said music and dancing was shut down at the venue on Saturday night to comply with the event’s Covid Management Plan to ensure the event continues for the duration of the festival.
‘The garden believes abstinence is not the way forward – instead we prefer education and safe execution,’ the spokeswoman added.
Organiser Scott Maidment told said on Monday: ‘They feel the rest of their life is normal so they expect outdoors with their nearest and dearest that they should be able to dance but it’s just not the case.’
He also called for the dancing ban to be lifted.
‘I would love that, we’re only here for a few weeks of the year,’ Mr Maidment added.
Pedro Machado, aka DJ Moshman (pictured) was halfway through his set when he was ordered by event organisers to pull the plug
Footage has emerged of Garden of Unearthly Delights revellers dancing before the event was abruptly shut down
The Garden of Unearthly Delights attracted more than 750,000 festival goers over the duration of its four-week schedule in 2020.
Dancing has been banned in South Australia since March last year and is also currently off-limits in Victoria and New South Wales.
South Australia’s COVID-19 transition committee will meet on Wednesday to discuss the easing of restrictions, including a current travel ban on Greater Melbourne residents.
Under the existing arrangements, people coming from the Greater Melbourne area are not permitted to enter the state following a recent outbreak which sparked a five day lockdown across Victoria.
‘All the indications are that we will be able to relax those restrictions,’ South Australian Police Commissioner Grant Stevens said on Monday.
‘Exactly what that stepdown will look like will be decided at the transition committee.
‘It may be a requirement for testing or it may be a complete release.’
The Garden of Unearthly Delights (pictured) is a much-loved venue of the annual Adelaide Fringe Festival