Fredericton’s mid-winter music festival postpones planned January event as COVID cases rise.
Shivering Songs was the last major festival of 2020 to move ahead as planned. Less than two months after capping off its 10th anniversary event with a celebratory lineup comprised almost entirely of performers from right here in New Brunswick, the province, the country and most of the world went into lockdown.
Last week organizers behind the event announced plans to move ahead with a modified 2021 festival with a lineup made up of artists from the city and surrounding areas. But as luck would have it, the same day this announcement was made public, the province made the shift from the Yellow phase of recovery to Orange, further complicating an already complicated situation.
As of today, all previously announced events will remain on hold with hopes that February will prove more accommodating.
“This was always going to be an adaptive year for us,” said festival co-organizer, Zach Atkinson. “Moving our dates ahead will allow us to prioritize supporting the local community, when Zone 3 returns to Yellow Phase, and we can once again present a safe, socially distanced concert experience.”
Revised dates are forthcoming.