(Jason Aldean at Sunfest Country Music Festival 2019/Photo by RMS Media)

While not surprising, it is still a little disappointing.

Today, Wideglide Entertainment announced two of its major Vancouver Island festivals will be postponing this year’s events until 2022, in light of the ongoing pandemic and uncertainty.

Laketown Shakedown announced the festival has been rescheduled to June 30th – July 2nd, 2022.

“Although we had hoped to not have to do this once again, we unfortunately must announce Laketown Shakedown will not be taking place again this summer,” event organzers said in a statement.

Pass holders who chose to roll over their passes from 2020 can roll over their passes once again to 2022. Festival and camping passes will be honoured on the new dates in 2022.

The company is also offering refunds to anyone who wishes for one, but ticket holders will have to let organizers know within 14 days of receiving an email from the company with options.

Shortly after that announcement, the company announced Sunfest Country had also been rescheduled to July 28th to 31st, 2022.

Ticket holders from last year can also rollover their festival and camping passes to next year or claim a refund once they’ve received an email with options.

For those who hang on to their Sunfest tickets until next year, the festival is offering a private function for them in their brand new stage area on July 28th. Anyone wishing to claim a refund must do so by 11:59 p.m. Friday, May 21st, 2021.

Earlier this month, Dr. Bonnie Henry warned BC residents to not expect any large scale events this summer.

“There is not likely to be big events of any sort, even outdoors, through this summer, and into the fall and winter of next year,” Henry said in a conference on May 3rd.

But for those who are looking for smaller arts festivals, there is some hope.

“What we hope—with the program we are on now, with the amount of vaccines we have—is that we will be able to have some small outdoor events,” said Henry.

As of this publication, 2,042,442 doses of vaccine has been administered. The province is aiming to have all eligible people in BC vaccinated by July 1st.

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