Big Valley Jamboree announces headliners for 2021 music festival

Just over a week after officially cancelling its 2020 summer country music event, Big Valley Jamboree announced Monday the artists who would be headlining its 2021 event.

Eric Church, Dierks Bentley and Dallas Smith re-confirmed for the 2021 summer music festival in Camrose, organizers said.

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On April 24, BVJ said it would have to cancel this summer due to the pandemic and public health orders around mass gatherings.

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On Monday, organizers said the 2021 event would be worth the wait and would a “light at the end of the tunnel” for country music fans.

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“Next summer is going to be special for all of us involved in presenting BVJ in Camrose,” BVJ CEO, Troy Vollhoffer said.

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“The focus for us will be squarely on the fans and their experience. We want to thank them for their patience, loyalty and enthusiasm as we navigated details for the 2021 festival.

“It is now our responsibility to deliver that experience to some of the greatest country music fans anywhere. We’re ready, and we know they are!”

The rest of the lineup will be announced “as further details become available.”

BVJ 2021 is scheduled to take place August long weekend.

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On Thursday, the government of Alberta released its staged relaunch strategy, which saw golf courses open last weekend and some medical services able to start reopening May 4. If Phase 1 goes well, restaurants will be able to open — at limited capacity and following health protocols — May 14.

However, the province said physical distancing rules would remain in place for all phases of the relaunch.

Albertans prohibited from attending summer festivals

Albertans prohibited from attending summer festivals

Gatherings of larger than 15 people (the current restriction) may be considered in Phase 2, the province said. A date for that stage has not been given.

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Alberta’s chief medical officer of health previously said the mass gathering restriction would be in place all summer and that festivals and other events would need to cancel or postpone.

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