One of the headliners has pulled out of Lake Cowichan’s Sunfest country music festival, and some ticket holders may be seeking refunds.
“Due to circumstances beyond the control of Billy Currington and Sunfest Country, Billy will not be performing at #SunfestCountry2022,” said an announcement posted on the festival’s website and social media channels yesterday. Currington was scheduled to play on Day 2 of the event, the same night as Darius Rucker and Dallas Smith.
Currington will be replaced by Canadian rock n’ roll legend Randy Bachman, a move that many on social media are unhappy with.
“I know things are happening, but we paid to come to a country [festival] why not replace with a country artist! Not the best Sunfest call!” wrote Tiersa Rae on the Sunfest Country Facebook page in response to the announcement.
“It’s like going for ice cream and finding out it’s melted and you get a popsicle instead,” wrote Ryan Dorman.
Others were a bit more understanding:
“When artists cancel at the last minute, it is difficult to find replacements, it is not the fault of the festivals. Randy Bachman is a Canadian legend and will be performing classic Canadian songs, so this is a great opportunity to hear a legend live. Good job Sunfest!” added Kevin Warren.
Many in the comments suggested bringing in other artists from the Lake Night stage, but Sunfest says the artists who play on this stage are there for a reason: “The artists who play on the Lake Night stage want to play the night Closing. They are there to keep the party going.
Some are asking Sunfest for refunds of their tickets.
“For those who purchased tickets for Friday night only, we will work with them on refunds or moving their tickets to other dates,” Sunfest spokesman Mike Hann said. “It’s a tough world at the moment, with travel delays and border restrictions hampering plans for many international engagements. Unfortunately, due to the latter, Billy’s Canadian dates have had to be cancelled.
Hann went on to say that booking high-profile artists at the last minute is also a big challenge, “which is why we are extremely pleased that it worked out to have a music legend like Randy Bachman playing on our stage on Friday, July 29. Over the years we’ve heard many of our main Sunfest artists cover Randy’s songs, so we know people are going to be thrilled to hear the real thing live at Sunfest. nostalgic reminder of the early days of Sunfest over 20 years ago.