Shambhala Music Festival has postponed its 2021 festival to 2022.
The decision comes just a week after B.C. Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced that large events are “unlikely” to proceed this summer, in addition to a number of other obstacles the festival has faced such as border closures and the ongoing public health order.
“Things like international travel, international gatherings, large festivals that have people coming from multiple places are not likely to happen this year.” Henry said during a press conference on March 18.
Next year’s festival will be held at the same location it has called home since 1998: the Salmo River Ranch.
“We are beyond devastated to postpone for a second time. It’s no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a tremendous impact on the live music industry, and we have certainly had a difficult 12 months. Our hearts go out to all of those who have been affected by COVID-19 over the last year. We’re in a fortunate position because we own our festival grounds, and we’ve already started planning for the festival in 2022. We’re sure when the time comes it will be the celebration of the decade, so we are looking forward to that.” said Shambhala Music Festival Founder, Jimmy Bundschuh.
Having run consecutively for 22 years, the festival has become a much-loved staple in the Canadian music scene. Taking place on the Bundschuh’s family-run farm, the festival founder has also announced a brand new campground on the festival grounds that will open this summer.
“While we are disappointed that we won’t see all our guests, crew and artists at the festival this year, we hope some of them will come and camp with us this summer and experience a slower side of the Salmo River Ranch.” Bundschuh said.
The Salmo River Ranch will also be home to small-scale weddings over the summer. For more information please click here.
To read their official statement, head here.