Originally, Kazoo! was meant to kick off this evening, but with growing concerns about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, organizers made the choice to delay the event in mid-March. In an effort to preserve its final edition, organizers have decided to move the dates, but are still in the process of "figuring out how it will work."
Read a statement from the fest below.
We were sad to have to postpone our April 2020 festival but it was absolutely clear to us that there was no alternative. We've spent the last month, as many people have, trying to wrap our heads around what is unfolding around us and trying to find some sense of normalcy during these crazy times. Our staff and organizing team spent time reflecting and discussing what a music festival means during times like this, and wondering if things would ever be the same. When this global pandemic shut down North America in early March, we were only 1 month away from our final festival, the final swan song for Kazoo! Fest after a 14 year run. We'd spent over 6 months planning this final festival and it was really hard for us to just walk away. We pitched ideas about ways to connect through digital mediums like live streaming and considered the implications of moving to an entirely digital platform for our final festival. Ultimately, for us, these digital approximations of our festival didn't feel like the right answer. So we decided to set our sights towards the fall and mark some dates on our calendars six months from now.
Kazoo! will bring Mount Eerie, Cartel Madras, Fat Tony, respectfulchild, Noah23, Sandro Perri, Cots, Bruce Peninsula and Sarah Pagé to Guelph this fall, with more artists to be announced. The original lineup can be seen here.
Head over to Kazoo!'s website for more information, and see the announcement below.
In a parallel universe, Kazoo! Fest 2020 is kicking off tonight. Unfortunately, this is not our reality... but we are setting our sights towards the fall: October 15-18th, 2020. Initial lineup announcement & details here, thanks for the support 🧡 https://t.co/7Q7Mt1qLCk pic.twitter.com/InUj5nHf3s— Kazoo! (@kazooguelph) April 16, 2020