Shambhala Postpones 2021 Edition; Eyes 2022 for Return

Shambhala Music Festival 2018 The Village Stage
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Due to the uncertainty of the ongoing pandemic, Shambhala Music Festival has set its sights on 2022 to make its grand return to the scene.


There has been a sense of hope among many festival organizers and attendees over the past few months with a flurry of lineup announcements and high spirits that live events will make a return in 2021. But the answer is not a one-size-fits-all one for many around the world as different rules apply due to local ordinances and the latest to face that hurdle is Shambhala Music Festival.

Today, Shambhala announced that the festival would not be moving forward as planned in 2021, with sights now set on 2022 for the return of the iconic experience in British Columbia. In their statement posted just an hour ago, the organizers said “We were prepared to go to great lengths to make this year’s festival a reality despite the many obstacles. However, in light of the ongoing public health order, border closures and the announcement from British Columbia Public Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry on March 18, 2021, it has become clear that proceeding in 2021 is not possible.

Shambhala also disclosed some information for those with tickets as well. Existing tickets are redeemable for the editions of the festival in 2022, 2023, and 2024, so make sure to keep your eyes peeled for an email from them to guarantee your place in the future. More details can be found by visitng their website.

This postponement highlights the struggle that many festivals face in 2021, especially those that are independent. While some festivals and events have seemingly moved forward full-bore, uncertainty looms in regards to the state of many others. Stay tuned for more information about other cancellations and postponements from around the world as we continue to follow the impact coronavirus has on the festival season this year.

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