Westward Music Festival announces plans to return to Vancouver this fall

Apr 27 2021, 2:32 pm

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The Westward Music Festival has announced its return to Vancouver this fall.

Billed as a multi-venue celebration of local and international music, the festival is scheduled to take place from September 8 to 13 in downtown Vancouver.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, April 30, and are available online.

According to organizers, the festival will see multiple shows over the six-day period in local, independently run venues across the city. Each show will be sold separately with the option of ticket bundles for multiple shows.

Confirmed participating venues so far include Vogue Theatre, Biltmore Cabaret, Imperial, Rickshaw, and Fox Cabaret.

Acts announced today are BBNO$, Brice Vine, Night Lovell, Haviah Mighty, Deante Hitchcock, French 79, Odie, Sylo Nozra, Robotaki, Turbo, Nyssa, K?D, Balming Tiger, Chris Larocca, Ferris & Sylvester, Moneyphone, SLCHLD, YSN Fab, Madison Olds, Noble Son, Daysormay and Angel T33th.

For the first time, WMF will celebrate drag with “Bye Felicia” night featuring RuPaul’s Drag Race Finalist Kandy Muse. More acts are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

The festival announcement comes amid the third wave of COVID-19 in BC. As such, organizers said that between now and the festival, they would “continue to monitor advice and protocols from BC Health Authorities, alert ticket holders with updates and provide a safe and enjoyable experience at all venues.”

If a show needs to be rescheduled, tickets will be honoured for the new date, and in the case of cancellations, ticket holders will receive a message on how to proceed with credits or refunds.

Debuting in 2017, Westward has featured acts such as Bishop Briggs, Joji, Vince Staples, Tribe Called Red and Kali Uchis.

Curated to entertain the city of Vancouver each September, the festival aims to showcase local voices by continuing its mandate to support Canadian acts throughout the festival whether they are developing or established internationally. Westward Music Festival is supported by Music BC and Creative BC.

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