Metro Vancouver music festival announces "drive-in" event this year

May 13 2020, 12:06 pm

While the majority of BC’s major summer festivals and events have been cancelled, one music festival in Metro Vancouver has decided to forge ahead with its plans this year – albeit with a different approach.

Taking place in Fort Langley from August 28 to 30, organizers of this year’s Summerset Music and Arts Festival said this year’s event will feature a “drive-in” component, to allow attendees to maintain proper social distance.

While details are still being ironed out, organizers said this year’s event “has been designed to adhere to the BC laws around COVID-19.”

And, as the “BC government releases their phases approach, we will make the final decision as to how attendees can view the concert.”

The location for this year’s event still has yet to be announced, but organizers note that the location they select “will allow you more distancing to watch, listen, and enjoy the live concert, all from the comfort and safety of your vehicle, an open tailgate, or the bed of a pickup truck.”

In addition, “each vehicle will have a designated spot that adheres to social distancing regulations.”

The event itself is meant to benefit musicians suffering in British Columbia due to lost work, income, and well being, organizers said. “We know there are ways we can support and serve our music community this summer, and we will be working in partnership with local government and health authorities to ensure our guests, artists, and public’s safety.”

Organizers have also not yet confirmed the lineup, or ticket sale procedures, citing the reopening approach of the province by the BC government.

“We are closely monitoring the provincial government and health authorities’ policies and recommendations,” organizers state. “Once we receive additional information as to the province’s progress in the phased approach, and can move forward with full confidence, we will be announcing our lineup and launching ticket sales.”