Western Canadian metal festival ‘Armstrong MetalFest’ has been officially called off for 2021. The gathering was set to be held on July 16th and 17th; the fest plans to return in 2022.
An announcement reads:
The music industry thrives from the live engagement of artists and fans. In 2020 and still continuing into 2021, the world has witnessed the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic with businesses, events and general livelihoods being completely interrupted.
Following guidelines from British Columbia’s provincial government, one of Western Canada’s most beloved metal festivals, Armstrong MetalFest was forced to cancel their 2020 edition for what would have been their 12th consecutive year of bringing metal music to the Okanagan Valley in Armstrong, BC.
Hoping to present a 2021 event, West Metal Entertainment Society, the organizer of Armstrong MetalFest, sadly announce, as the COVID-19 pandemic still continues, and strict health rules on gatherings are still in place, they will be forced to cancel this year’s three-day celebration of live heavy metal and camping that would have been hosted on July 16th and 17th.
AMF organizers add:
Like many music fans, we were optimistic on 2021 being the year of live music coming back to stages, but we believe as we still must endure this pandemic, we will have to be patient for just a little bit longer. We’re confident that 2022 will be the year that we will see fans and bands reunite at Armstrong MetalFest.
Ticket holders for AMF 2020 that were planning to use them for 2021 are asked to hold onto their tickets as they’ll be honoured for the choice of attending one of the next three years of the festival through 2022-2024.
For more information, ticket holders can inquire by emailing – info[@]armstrongmetalfest[.]ca.
For more information about hosting events and COVID-19 safety planning from the BC Centre For Disease Control, please visit the following link here.
Previously, the festival has featured metal bands Kataklysm, Cattle Decapitation, Archspire, Nekrogoblikon, Beyond Creation and more.
Follow armstrongmetalfest.ca for more info. Check out a recap video from 2019 below.
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