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Shambhala Music Festival postpones to 2022 with global travel restrictions looming

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The future may be looking bright for domestic travel, but for a global festival like Shambhala, the worst of news comes in the form of a postponement to August 2022. The truth is, international travel is looking at a longer delay, which means sad times for the “Shamb Fam.”

The decision to delay their 2021 event comes just a week after B.C. Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced that large events are “unlikely” to proceed this summer, in addition to a number of other obstacles the festival has faced such as border closures and the ongoing public health order. “Things like international travel, international gatherings, large festivals that have people coming from multiple places are not likely to happen this year.” Henry said during a press conference on March 18.

“We are beyond devastated to postpone for a second time. It’s no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a tremendous impact on the live music industry, and we have certainly had a difficult 12 months. Our hearts go out to all of those who have been affected by COVID-19 over the last year. We’re in a fortunate position because we own our festival grounds, and we’ve already started planning for the festival in 2022. We’re sure when the time comes it will be the celebration of the decade, so we are looking forward to that.”

– Jimmy Bundschuh, Shambhala Music Festival Founder

Next year’s festival will be held at the same location it has called home since 1998: the Salmo River Ranch. 

Having run consecutively for 22 years, the festival has become a much-loved staple in the Canadian music scene. Taking place on the Bundschuh’s family-run farm, the festival founder has also announced a brand new campground on the festival grounds that will open this summer. 

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