Kemptville Live 2020 cancelled because of COVID-19 crisis

Steve Earle performs at the 2019 Kemptville Live (left), while Dwight Yoakam does his thing at the 2017 edition. Zandbergen photos, Nation Valley News

KEMPTVILLE — Organizers have announced “with great dismay” the cancellation of the 2020 Kemptville Live Music Festival slated for July.

“This has not been an easy decision but in light of the COVID-19 state of emergency and out of concern for the safety of all of our patrons, volunteers, artists, vendors and subcontractors, it is the correct decision for Kemptville Live Music Festival and the community, our health system and the emergency service workers who support us with such loyalty,” the Festival’s Karen Bedard says in a news release issued today.

“The Kemptville Live Music Festival team appreciates the professionalism and dedication of our artists through this uncertain time. We look forward to working with them when the time is right again.”

Refunds and ticket carry-over options will be available in early May. Current ticket holders will be contacted directly by email.

Meanwhile, the Kemptville Live Music Festival team has already begun preparing for the 2021 Kemptville Live Music Festival.

“We will miss you all this summer. Please stay safe and healthy so that we can make some live music together in 2021!” they say, also urging the public to remember to support Kemptville Live artists “by enjoying their music, engaging in their new online concert streams and, if you have the means, by shopping their online merchandise stores.”

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