The Press Release:
The 2020 edition of British Columbia’s Armstrong MetalFest has been officially cancelled due to the recommendation by the provincial government for social distancing during the Covid 19 pandemic. Falling under the category of an event hosting a public gathering larger than 50 people, the festival has taken the initiative to not present this year’s 2020 line up. The health and safety of attendees is the primary concern and event organizers know it is necessary to make this decision to help protect the public and follow the government guidelines in slowing down the spread of the virus. For more information from the BC Centre For Disease Control, please visit the following link here.
“We had to make a very difficult decision, but the health of all metalheads who were planning to attend is our #1 priority. The members of West Metal Entertainment Society hope everyone can stay safe during these troubling times. Armstrong Metalfest will return in 2021!”
Scheduled to be held on July 17th and 18th, the 2020 line up was to be the 12th year for British Columbia’s largest, loudest and premier event for extreme music in the Okanagan Valley. Tickets that were purchased for the 2020 event can be refunded or be kept for future use with the choice of attending one of the next three years of the festival.
To inquire about ticket refunds, please email info[@]armstrongmetalfest[.]ca.
For 11 years running, West Metal Entertainment and Armstrong Metalfest has not only fostered the talent of hundreds of local bands but brought in well-known, international acts to the quiet, little Canadian town of Armstrong, British Columbia.
Each year up to 700 metalheads from Canada and USA descend into the picturesque Okanagan Valley and under the blistering sun they spend 3 days camping, taking in over 30 bands, participating in wrestling events, and scavenger hunts and catching up with their metal family.
The festival has seen such renowned headliners as Kataklysm, Cattle Decapitation, Archspire, and Beyond Creation as well as emerging artists from across North America. At the end of the revelry, the festival disappears without a trace, leaving the landscape as pristine as it has always been.
West Metal Entertainment is a non-profit society that not only puts on Armstrong Metal Festival every year in Armstrong, B.C., but gives bands opportunities to play different venues throughout the region including all-ages shows, to encourage musical passion in kids as well as adults.
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: As you most probably have expected, this festival is not something that we actively support in person based on location but during this now officially precarious time we are willing and able to make sure that as many people possible know of cancellations and rescheduled happenings. I sure don’t want people travelling around in hopes of being entertained only to discover stuff cancelled and being in jeopardy from the journey. News items like this are no longer new to the features as I’ve posted what feels like two dozen or so of them and I am willing to bet that many more are on the horizon. This virus is still new news and doesn’t seem to have a means of being controlled at all so please by all means stay safe out there and follow ALL of the local guidelines of your region. Let’s hope this is over in the next couple of months and not much longer. See you next time and if you feel like posting some of your own thoughts you can do that in the comments section down below.
Armstrong MetalFest: http://www.Armstrongmetalfest.ca