If you had a summer of festivals planned for 2020, you may have to cross Osheaga off your list. In an announcement last week, the Montreal-based music festival confirmed that Osheaga 2020 is suspended, due to COVID-19 concerns. Organizers say the event has not yet been cancelled, but it has not been rescheduled either.
There’s more bad news in store for music fans. In a statement on Friday, Osheaga Music and Arts Festival organizers confirmed that the event would not be going ahead as scheduled.
The festival was initially set to take place between July 31 and August 2 this year, but recommendations from the Quebec Government have changed this plan.
According to Evenko, the promoter of the event, organizers have “taken note of the government’s request to suspend all events across the province of Quebec until August 31, in order to control the risk of spread of COVID-19.”
“Evenko understands and will comply with the government’s decision to protect the health of employees and festival goers,” the company’s official statement explains.
Thousands of music lovers were set to attend the event at Parc Jean-Drapeau this summer. In 2019, the event drew 45,000 people on Saturday night.
evenko, in solution mode following the government’s request to suspend all events across the province until August… https://t.co/1oVksuQXsk— evenko (@evenko)1586550255.0
Headliners scheduled to perform at the 2020 festival include Foo Fighters, Lizzo, and Kendrick Lamar, among many additional artists and performers.
Osheaga is not the only music event that’s been affected by COVID-19 in Montreal.
According to Global News, the electronic music festival îleSoniq and the annual country festival Lasso Montreal have also been postponed. Both events were scheduled to take place in August.
Over in Ontario, Ottawa Bluesfest remains unaffected for now. However, the festival’s organizers have urged locals to stay at home wherever possible in order to give the event the “best possible chance” of going ahead.
Evenko's notice explains that they're going to try to reschedule the event, rather than cancel it, in order to “minimize the impacts of this decision on all parties involved.”
“We are truly saddened by this situation, but everyone's health must remain our top priority. It is too early to specifically announce the status of each of our events,” the company concluded.