Billy Currington cancels B.C. Sunfest country new music competition appearance

One of the headliners has pulled out of Lake Cowichan’s Sunfest state new music pageant, and some ticketholders might be trying to get refunds.

“Due to instances further than Billy Currington and Sunfest Country’s control, Billy will not be accomplishing at #SunfestCountry2022,” stated an announcement posted yesterday on the festival’s web site and social media channels. Currington was set to perform Working day 2 of the function, the similar evening as Darius Rucker and Dallas Smith.

Currington will be replaced with Canadian rock n’ roll legend Randy Bachman, a shift many on social media are not satisfied about.

“I know things happens, but we’ve paid out funds to come to a country [festival] why not switch with a place artist! Not the ideal simply call Sunfest!” wrote Tiersa Rae on Sunfest Country’s Fb web page in reaction to the announcement.

“This is like heading for ice cream and discovering out it melted and your acquiring a popsicle instead,” wrote Ryan Dorman.

Others have been a minimal much more comprehension:

“When artists cancel at the past minute it’s difficult to uncover replacements, not the festivals fault. Randy Bachman is a Canadian Legend, and will complete Canadian Traditional tunes, so that’s a excellent opportunity to listen to a legend dwell. Superior career Sunfest!” included Kevin Warren.

Quite a few in the remarks recommended bringing other artists from the Lake Night Stage but Sunfest suggests the artists taking part in that stage are there for a explanation: “The artists taking part in the lake night time phase want to perform the closing get together act. They are there to preserve the party heading.”

Some are asking Sunfest for refunds to their tickets.

“For those people that bought Friday night only tickets, we will work with them on refunds or relocating their tickets to other dates,” said Sunfest spokesperson Mike Hann. “It’s a challenging entire world at the minute, with vacation delays and border constraints hampering programs for a lot of worldwide engagements. However, because of to the latter Billy’s Canadian dates have had to be cancelled.”

Hann went on to say scheduling headline amount artists past moment is also a large problem, “that’s why we are extremely psyched that it labored out to have a tunes legend these types of as Randy Bachman play our phase on Friday July 29. More than the a long time we have listened to lots of of our Sunfest mainstage artists go over Randy’s tunes so we know that people are heading to be ecstatic to listen to the genuine thing dwell at Sunfest. It will be a nostalgic reminder of the early times of Sunfest 20+ several years in the past.”

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