Living Roots Music Festival Moves Ahead With Abbreviated 2020 Season

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Following the cancellation of the festival’s traditional spring programming, Fredericton’s Living Roots Music Festival have unveiled plans for a shortened season set to take place August 13-16. 

Nova Scotia’s Kristen Martell is among the many Atlantic Canadian musicians announced for Living Roots Music Festival’s mini-festival, August 13-16, 2020. Photo: Signe Constable.

They held on until the very last minute. While festivals across the region were throwing in the towel for 2020 on account of health concerns related to COVID19, Fredericton’s Living Roots Music Festival remained hopeful things would get back to normal in time for its 2020 event to take place. But eventually, festival director Eddie Young realized a cancellation was unavoidable.  

With relaxed measures now in place, Young has put together an abbreviated version of Living Roots that will happen in mid-August.

“We were disappointed that we were not able to hold Living Roots in May,” said Young. “This was to be our fifth installment of the festival, but we are really happy that we are able to do this series. A month ago it did not seem to be a reality”

The Festival’s shortened season will run August 13-16 with limited access performances taking place at The Cap, The Tipsy Muse Cafe and Grimross Brewing Co. 

“We realize this is a bit unorthodox but this is the way we have to do this to make it work, we have to adapt to what the regulations allow,” said Young.

All performers for this year’s event will come from within the Atlantic bubble.

This year’s mini festival will include performances by Pallmer (NB), Shaun Ferguson (NB), Marie Ango featuring No Now, Madame (NB), Ewan Dobson (NL), Rick Sparkes & The Enablers (NB), Jamie Comeau & The Crooked Teeth (NB), Atlas (NB), Colourful Language (NB), Wicked Vices (NB), Christian Howse (NL), Kristen Martell (NS), The Walking Contradictions (NB), Michelle Morrison (NB), Neil B. Morash (NS), Richie Young (NB) and The Montgomery Street Band (NB). 

“We feel like we have lined up a diverse lineup featuring some great familiar names and some new faces to the area,” said Young. “I hope that our supporters will be anxious to take in some live music in a safe way.”

Find all the event info (including how to reserve your tickets!) by visiting Living Roots Music Festival.

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