For the second year in a row, the Shambhala Music Festival in BC’s interior has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are beyond devastated to postpone for a second time,” said Shambhala Music Festival’s founder, Jimmy Bundschuh. “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.”
The decision comes after BC Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said large events are “unlikely” to proceed this summer.
“Things like international travel, international gatherings, large festivals that have people coming from multiple places are not likely to happen this year,” she said during a press conference on March 18.
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Still, Bundschuh said the festival is in a fortunate position because organizers own the grounds where the festival takes place. This has allowed them to already begin planning for 2022.
“We’re sure when the time comes it will be the celebration of the decade, so we are looking forward to that,” he added.
Having run consecutively for 22 years, the festival has become a 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.