2021 was marred by a revolving door of bleak virus-related headlines, but Escapade Music Festival organizers just slammed it shut.
According to the Ottawa burger, who reported that organizers claimed there were no documented COVID-19 cases during this year’s festival, Escapade 2021 drew approximately 10,000 people to the Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Park on September 4-5 each. In a move many found controversial, attendees were required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
It is a milestone that should be celebrated. It has been a turbulent road to the immersive edition of Escapade in 2021, with headliners from the likes of The Chainsmokers and ILLENIUM. Organizers were forced to postpone the April event, citing the “unrealistic” possibility of hosting a festival in June amid a spate of COVID-19 cases.
The Escapade organizers took to Facebook to cheer on the success of their 2021 edition.
“Together, we have been able to demonstrate that enhanced security measures allow a safe festival to be held and that there is a clear path to bring live events back to each of you as soon as possible,” the message reads.
“We are excited to help pave the way for the industry and show that live events can return safely,” festival director Ali Shafaee added in a statement.
Escapade’s triumph is a testament to its staff and infrastructure. Despite a similar turnout, a Dutch electronic music festival called Verknipt was criticized by health officials earlier this summer after linking the event to more than 1,000 infections.
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