Festival season misses an important soundtrack: Cardi B, Foo Fighters, and Post Malone will not step onto the grand stage at Parc Jean-Drapeau from July 30 to July 1he is August. The Osheaga Festival has been postponed again, as announced until Thursday morning. However, the promoter is working on a “different” and “smaller” formula for outdoor bidding in August or September if health condition permits.
Nick Farkas, Ivenco’s vice president of programming, concerts and events, explains with disappointment, “in order to be able to present the festival as we wish, to ensure its production, a decision had to be made by the end of the month.” “We saw what was going on [avec le vaccin] In England, Israel and the United States. We waited until the last minute because we really wanted to present the festival this year. ”
The weekend of leSoniq and Lasso Montréal Electro, a new Qatari festival that will launch on August 13 and 14, has also been postponed to 2022.
In light of the evolving epidemic, it is becoming increasingly illusory to be able to welcome high-profile addresses and visitors from outside Quebec, who account for nearly 70% of Osheaga’s customers. “One of the main problems,” explains Mr Varcas. We’ve seen artists starting to cancel, especially Europeans. ”
Conversely, tearing Cardi B knots won’t cost the skin of the buttocks, the coder assures. “COVID-19 is a situation of force majeure. It has already been the case since March 11, 2020. Artists know it and are risking it, even if it is frustrated.”
Refunds are possible
Osheaga’s 2020 – also deferred release – and 2021 passes will be honored next year, but even KO will give ticket holders the option to pay. Around 10,000 tickets are said to be “still in the hands of festival goers”, while around 130,000 tickets are sold annually.
The Justin Trudeau government expects that all Canadian adults wishing to do so will receive two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine by September. Until then, EvenEKO will closely follow the flexibility that Quebec gives.
“Once we get started, we’ll be there,” confirms Nick Varcas. We still intend to bring out something this summer, this fall. It won’t be Osheaga, but we’re working on overseas divergence plans. We have hope, with the vaccine, that we will be able to offer something Canadian, Quebeco. We want to do shows, we want to be in Parc Jean-Drapeau. ”
Already in December 2020, the organizers announced the titles of the three of the 15e Music and arts forum despite healthy uncertainty. “We will continue to update the festival’s status, but we look forward with hope and optimism to the future, because there is already a light at the end of the tunnel!”, He even wrote.
The light flashed, decidedly, farther than expected. The CH Group, which even is even a part of it, has announced the postponement of two Spectra festivals, the Francos and the Montreal International Jazz Festival, to September.
Programmer Laurent Saulnier said Journalism He considered the presence of international artists during these two musical encounters unlikely, therefore, it is no wonder then that the existence of the American Three Superstars is no longer possible for Evenko, even if the promoter has been broadcasting advertisements for the event until very recently.
“If we wait to clarify everything, we will not be ready for the summer,” he said. Journalism Nick Farkas, Vice President of Programs Up to Parties & Events, comes in January. “If you don’t confirm the artists, you won’t get any of them. They will be in Europe or Asia.”
We’ll have to wait to see if Cardi B, the Foo Fighters, and Post Malone finally perform in Europe, Asia … or the United States. South of the Canadian border, many festivals maintain their summer programs for now.
To support events small and large in its revival, Ottawa announced investments of 400 million in Freeland’s latest budget, a “very encouraging” estimate, according to Nick Farkas. “We are very happy to see governments realize that living drives the economy. It will really help once the industry starts again, after a year with almost no income.”
Park Jean Drabo: “We’ll find a solution”
The CH group was “concerned” last week about the future of the Osheaga Festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau. A new masterplan from Montreal calls for reducing the venue for major events. The company is afraid of having to sacrifice two of the six phases that are usually installed there. “We are not against the plan, but we do have concerns,” said Nick Varcas of Ivenko. Conversations continue. One of the best places in the world to see a show, Parc Jean-Drapeau is one of the top festival venues. There is only one place we want to be in the future. Unthinkable not being there, but we were worried. I am convinced we will find a solution. ”