Bass Coast cancelled for second year in a row

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Merritt’s festival season, like that of many towns around the province, looks to be dwindling as the organizers of Bass Coast officially announce that the boutique music and arts festival has been postponed for the second year in a row due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“After carefully considering the information available to us at this time, we are making the difficult decision to postpone the 2021 edition of Bass Coast Festival to July 8-11, 2022 (dates subject to change),” reads a release from festival organizers.

“Without knowing what public health measures will be in place this July, we lack the critical information necessary to contract infrastructure, book artists and secure vendors. We feel this decision aligns with our commitment to delivering a safe, immersive experience of the highest calibre.”

The announcement may bring disappointment, but certainly not surprise as COVID restrictions continue to forbid large gatherings, and non-essential travel.

“This is disappointing news to communicate, but we are optimistic about 2022,” continues the press release.

“We are committed to using this time to plan a safe and cutting-edge event. Thank you for your continued support and understanding.”

Tickets purchased for 2021 and subsequent years will be moved forward one year.

Bass Coast will once again be presenting the Pixel Virtual Festival on the weekend the event would have taken place, July 8 and 9, 2021.

Full details can be found on the Bass Coast website.

Morgan Hampton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Merritt Herald