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The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed two more major summer events on Vancouver Island.

Organizers of Sunfest and Laketown Shakedown made the official announcement on Friday and said both festivals have been postponed until 2021.

Headliners for both events included big names such as Wu-Tang Clan, Keith Urban, Third Eye Blind, Nelly and many more.

“We have been in constant communication with artists, agents, management teams, staff, government and health agencies over the last six weeks,” organizers of both festivals said in a statement. “The volume of moving parts and people involved in these decisions is unprecedented, but the support and understanding from all of you has been amazing.

Ticket holders will have multiple options with regard to refunds or credit for future events. Laketown Shakedown festival-goers who hold onto their passes until next year will receive a free early camping entry for the 2021 festival, and SunFest attendees will be invited to attend a private function.

Laketown Shakedown, originally set for June 26th to 28th of this year, has been rescheduled to July 1st to 3rd, 2021. Sunfest, planned for July 30th to August 2nd, will now take place July 29th to August 1st, 2021.

Both festivals take place at the Laketown Ranch Music and Recreation Park in Lake Cowichan.


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