Bass Coast organizers have released an official statement announcing the postponement of the festival until July 9-12, 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

On April 18, 2020, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry informed British Columbians that “…large parades, large mass gatherings where we all come together, those will not be happening this summer.”

Bass Coast, like many other music festivals across Canada, has had no choice but to reschedule their event in the hopes that by next year the novel coronavirus will be under control and summer life can resume as normal.

“With the health and safety of the Bass Coast community and the town of Merritt in mind, Bass Coast is announcing the postponement of the 2020 festival,” reads a press release from Bass Coast organizers.

Co-founder Andrea Graham notes that while organizers were expecting a call like this to be made, it will still have its repercussions on the event, vendors, and attendees.

“We expected this announcement, but that doesn’t ease it’s impact,” said Graham.

“A decision of this magnitude impacts an extended community of people already profoundly affected by Covid-19.”

Bass Coast has always operated without any corporate sponsorship and has already incurred a significant amount of costs that will not be recouped so close to the date originally set for the festival.

“To ensure the future of the event, general admission tickets will be assigned at random to one of the next four years or can be donated to support the festival,” said Graham.

Funds from ticket sales directly support the year-round production costs of the festival, and the loss of such revenue would have dire financial implications.

The refund policy, will however, be altered to provide ticket purchasers and attendees with some of their costs back.

“Bass Coast has always had a no refund policy, however we understand that these are extenuating circumstances,” explained Graham.

“We will be refunding all volunteer deposits, vehicle passes, reserved campsites, bell tents, cabins and pre-ordered T-shirts.”

Co-founder Liz Thomson said, “These are challenging and uncertain times for everyone and our hearts go out to those most affected. We will miss our community dearly this summer and look forward to reuniting on the dance floor in 2021.”