Music fans in the Oxford County area will have to wait one more year to see bands at the usually annual Forge Fest.
The popular Tillsonburg music festival, which focuses largely on punk, metal and indie rock bands, was just postponed until July 24, 2021.
The goal for the delayed festival is to return the same lineup set for 2020 for next year – depending on musicians’ availability, organizers said.
“Unfortunately, I had to cancel,” Ben Andress, the owner of Blacktop Records and organizer of the festival, said. “It was inevitable judging by things that have already been cancelled in August and September.
In a Facebook post, Andress said people can contact Forge Festival online for refunds. He also said the festival will be posting digital content and video streams in the coming weeks to help raise money for the Canadian Mental Health Association Oxford.
Andress has plans to compile a CD of Forge Fest content that can be marketed – with limited sponsor advertising – to make a donation to the mental health association, an idea he figures he can do every year at Forge Fest.