The Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival committee has decided to postponed this year's event.
This year's festival was set to be the BBRMF's 10th anniversary and the committee had been optimistic about putting on an event. It will now go ahead in November, 2021.
But coronavirus restrictions, including the re-introduction of Stage 3 restrictions, meant it was difficult for the committee to proceed.
Festival director Colin Thompson said it was a disappointing decision to make.
"It's obviously disappointing, that after 9 straight years, our 100% volunteer run festival needs to go on ice, due to the global pandemic," he said.
"It's been heartbreaking to witness the effect COVID-19 restrictions has had on our partner venues, the many hospitality workers out of work, and of course the artists that we love to work with, whose careers are basically on hold, until live gigs as we know them are a reality again.
"I have complete faith we will be back in 2021 - bigger and better than ever."
The festival joins a growing list of regional events in Victoria that have been cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions amid health and safety concerns.
"While our team will miss staging Bendigo's biggest home-grown music festival this November, we know this is the right decision and we thank everyone for their continued support of live local music," Mr Thompson said.
"We look forward to welcoming you back to our great region soon."
The BBRMF has staged live online music broadcasts since COVID-19 restrictions came into play and will continue to broadcast shows while restrictions are in place.
"Our committee will continue to do what we can to bring live music to our music-loving fans supporting some of the many talented blues and roots musicians we know and love," Thompson said.
"I'd like to thank our major sponsors, artists, and venues for their generous support over the last few months as our determined committee explored every contingency to find a path to make a 2020 festival possible."
Free live broadcasts shows include The Blues Tram at 2pm on the second Saturday of the month and Bendigo Underground at 8pm on the last Friday of the month.