While the Havelock Country Jamboree’s website lists Aug. 18, 19, 20 and 21 as the dates for this year’s event, additional information, including the festival’s lineup, are not given, leaving fans and ticket holders in the dark.
“Hang tight — we know you are looking for updates on 2022! We are working out all the details moving forward during these trying times. We will have news for you by the end of May,” according to the website.
Organizers have not responded to The Examiner’s request for comment.
The festival’s website says its office is temporarily closed, but tickets remain on sale online.
The annual jamboree, a huge summer attraction in Havelock that draws big-name Canadian and American acts, was cancelled last year and in 2020 due to the pandemic.
Some would-be concert goers have taken to social media to share their frustrations and concerns about a perceived lack of transparency surrounding the status of the festival.
“Many unhappy folks because of the lack of communication. Because of the delay, I went searching for other smaller venues that look awesome. Bought my tickets for one of them,” wrote a member of the 1,700-strong Facebook group dubbed “Havelock Jamboree.”
“I personally think that we should get a group of people to show up at Havelock now like a peaceful protest to demand answers or our money back … we are so frustrated,” vented one user.
The jamboree is privately run and hosted on private land.
Havelock-Belmont-Methuen Township Mayor Jim Martin told the Examiner he’s received several calls from ticket-holders. So far, Martin says he hasn’t heard from organizers.
Martin believes they’ve received an events permit — one of the first steps in the process of hosting the festival.
“There's a bunch of steps to go through and I don’t imagine they’ve gone through all the steps yet, in terms of policing, security, fire. I don’t know if they’ve done that yet; I don’t think it’s finished yet,” said Martin.
He said hopes the jamboree goes ahead as planned for the sake of music fans and the community as a whole.
“It’s a big event. I hope it happens,” said Martin.
The Havelock Country Jamboree, billed as Canada’s largest live country music and camping festival, celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2019 — the last time it was held pre-COVID.
Brendan Burke is a staff reporter at the Examiner, based in Peterborough. His reporting is funded by the Canadian government through its Local Journalism Initiative.
Brendan Burke, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Peterborough Examiner