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Northern B.C. country music festival postponed due to new COVID-19 restrictions

Best Damn Music Festival postponed until 2022
Brett Kissel
Country musician Brett Kissel is set to headline the new 2022 dates along with Dean Brody.

The Best Damn Music Festival, set to take place Sept. 10 and 11 at the Exhibition grounds, has been postponed until Aug 12 and 13, 2022.

The new dates will feature headliners Brett Kissel and Dean Brody and the rest of the line-up to be announced soon.

Organizers say they made the decision to postpone the event after new restrictions were announced in Northern Health on Thursday, Sept. 2.

Due to rising COVID-19 cases in the region, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced restrictions that included outdoor personal gatherings will be restricted to a maximum of 50 people and will require a COVID-19 safety plan to be put in place.

The province is also set to roll out a B.C. Vaccine card on Sept. 13 which would be required at restaurants, concerts and sports events, among other locations, to be granted entry.

“The increasing and new restrictions laid out by Health officials due to the rising COVID-19 cases in the Northern Health Region have made running our even in a safe and successful manner impossible. This of course, is not where we want to be. We want to be safe, compliant and not be a burden to the regional healthcare system, therefore we have concluded not to move forward at this time,” said the organizers in a statement.

“The health and wellbeing of our fans, crew, contractors, artists and community is of paramount importance to us and we have always put that in the forefront of every decision we make, including our postponement.”

Organizes say the team will work tirelessly over the next year to bring the event back bigger and better so Northerners can enjoy local, regional and national country stars right in Prince George.

Ticket holders have the following options:

  • Tickets purchases for the 2021 weekend will now be honoured for the new 2022 dates – just hold onto your tickets. Those ticket holders will automatically be entered to win a VIP upgrade.
  • Refunds will be offered to those who are unable to attend the 2022 dates. Ticket refunds will be available between Sept. 13 and Oct. 1 and will be administered via Tickets North/CN Centre Box Office by request only.

Contact 236-423-1157 to arrange a refund.