Country music festival canceled for third time – fans want refunds and answers

One of Canada’s biggest music festivals, the Havelock Country Jamboree, was scheduled to take place this weekend. But instead, it was canceled for the third consecutive year.

The long-running festival, which has attracted up to 20,000 music fans at a time, was canceled in 2020, then again in 2021 and now for a third time in 2022.

Many fans who paid $650 for tickets or more for the four-day festival, which usually takes place the third weekend in August, say enough is enough and they want their money back.

“They just pushed us back, pushed us back and then they finally said it was canceled and I’m very angry because $650 is a lot of money for me and some people lost thousands of dollars “said Cheryl-Ann Van Gennip. , of Lyndsay, Ontario.

The Jamboree was a major draw and celebrated its 30th anniversary at Havelock in 2019. The twin stages have attracted big names over the years like Alan Jackson, Reba Macintyre, Kris Kristofferson, Loretta Lynn and Brett Kissel.

Mark Shaw of Kingston, Ontario has been to the Jamboree eleven times and was looking forward to returning this weekend.

Now that it’s been canceled for the third time, Shaw said it’s time for the fans who have supported the festival over the years to be respected and get the refunds they deserve.

“I’m owed $650 and I want that money back because I could use it for other festivals that are going on there,” Shaw said, adding, “I’m upset because all the years we gave them our money the least they could do for us is give us our money back.”

When CTV News called the Jamboree office, there was a recording that read, “Thank you for calling the Havelock Country Jamboree office, please do not leave a message, this is not an answering machine. The office is currently closed. Please stay tuned to the website for any updates regarding the show. Thanks for calling and have a nice day. To leave a voice message, press one. Sorry this mailbox is full. Please call back later.

CTV News also sent emails to the Jamboree website that were not returned.

It is written on the Jamboree website: “In the meantime, regarding the issue of refunds, we are also working on this and will inform you as soon as possible”.

The Jamboree website also suggested there might be a festival next year, but they’re still trying to figure it out. However, music fans say after three years, they now deserve answers and refunds.

“Look, it’s canceled, so it’s not happening. I just want my $650 back,” Van Gennip said.

Many fans seeking refunds have joined Facebook groups and banded together to see how they can get their money back.

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