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Boots and Hearts, Big Sky country music festivals cancelled this summer

Republic Live says it will honour all 2020 passes for next year’s Boots and Hearts festival

There won’t be anyone kickin’ up the dust this August at Burl’s Creek Event Grounds following an announcement today that two massive country music festivals have been cancelled.

With live events being cancelled all over the world due to COVID-19, country music fans had been waiting for the official announcement from the organizers behind Boots and Hearts as well as the Big Sky Music Festival, which were scheduled to be held at the venue in Oro-Medonte Township, between Barrie and Orillia. 

Republic Live issued the statement on their Facebook page around noon, Friday, saying the four-day Boots and Hearts festival was being cancelled for 2020, but would return in 2021.

“Despite our eagerness to continue with this season, it is with great sadness that we announce the cancellation of Boots and Hearts 2020," the statement said. 

The announcement added plans are underway for next year’s 10th anniversary celebration.

“We are already moving forward with planning for Aug. 5-8, 2021, the much anticipated 10th anniversary! We are thrilled to announce Eric Church will be back next year as the 2012 headliner for an unforgettable summer," says the Republic Live statement. 

Country music superstar Church was to be the headliner at this year’s event.

Also announced today was the cancellation of the second annual Big Sky Music Festival, which was set for July 18. The one-day country concert was to feature stars of the 1980s and 1990s. Joe Diffie was scheduled to be on the bill, but tragically died March 29 from COVID-19.

Republic Live says it will honour all 2020 passes for next year’s festival, meaning that current ticket-holders who want to attend Boots and Hearts 2021 can use their 2020 tickets and/or weekend passes then. 

More information is available at the Republic Live website.