Harvest’s Board of Directors confirms what we had sincerely hoped would not be the case: Harvest will not take place this September.
Our staff and volunteers have spent weeks evaluating various scenarios under which we might proceed, but with today’s announcement from the Province of New Brunswick – and out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our community of musicians, volunteers, partners, and patrons – Harvest’s 30th anniversary will be postponed to 2021.
We thank everyone for the patience and support you have shown us as we considered this difficult decision. It’s a day we hoped would never come.
“It is heartbreaking not to be able to present for you the incredible festival we had booked to celebrate our 30th anniversary” said Brent Staeben, the Festival’s Director of Music Programming. “After last year’s record-setting extravaganza, we had curated a bigger, deeper and wider array of talent that aimed to meet the expectations we raised sky high last September. We were so looking forward to sharing that lineup with you. Now we turn to protecting the incredible history we have all built together so that we can return to make indelible musical memories with you again in 2021”.
The only reason Harvest has been around as long as it has, and has become the incredible community event it is, is because of key pillars of support that have not only sustained the festival, but allowed us to dream bigger each year: Council and staff from the City of Fredericton, our large and engaged sponsor community, the downtown businesses and our hospitality partners, the local community of musicians and artists, and of course – you, our patrons and our volunteers. Harvest is so lucky to have had the hardest of hardcore fans who have supported us every step of the way, and it’s for you we do this each year.
Thousands of volunteers have given millions of hours so that we’re all able to kick up our heels and dance and sing along with local legends and international superstars in Fredericton’s beautiful and historic downtown. That’s no small feat, and it’s only been possible because of their ongoing commitment to Harvest. We thank them for all they’ve done and continue to do to make Harvest a reality and to keep live music in our lives.
Our supporters have been with us for 29 years of incredible music and community celebrations, and we’re eternally grateful for that. We’re going to be here for you on the other side of this thing.
One thing’s for sure: we’ll see you in 2021. It will be the best Harvest yet.
Patrons who have purchased Ultimate Passes for the 2020 Festival may use their passes in 2021, or request a refund via Ticketpro.