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There won't be an Ambleside Music Festival this summer

The promoter of the annual West Vancouver event says they are planning to return in 2025
The crowd rocks out at a previous edition of the Ambleside Music Festival. Organizes of the event announced that there won't be a concert in 2024. |GSL Group

There’ll be no '90s rock in Ambleside Park this year. No dad rock. No rock at all.

The organizers of the Ambleside Music Festival have cancelled plans for the nostalgia-themed concert in the West Vancouver park this summer.

Ambleside Live Entertainment Inc. issued a statement on Monday saying they were “excited to share” that the annual festival would be on hiatus, allowing the promoter to regroup and return with an “even more spectacular Ambleside Music Festival in 2025.”

“We know many of our guests and patrons were eagerly anticipating the 2024 edition, and we truly appreciate your enthusiasm and support. This year has presented unique opportunities for us to reflect and innovate, ensuring that the festival will return better than ever,” the statement read. “Our team is dedicated to making the 2025 festival an unforgettable experience. We want to extend a heartfelt thank you to all previous festival attendees, artists, crew, and vendors for your continuous support. We can’t wait to see you all next summer!”

Last year, the festival was headlined by acts that rose to prominence in the 1990s – Weezer, Third Eye Blind, and Bran Van 3000. Two-day passes started at $215. Previous acts on the Ambleside stage included Neil Young, Trooper, The Offspring, Doug and the Slugs, Ed Sheeran, Kenny Chesney, and Sheryl Crow.

Music festivals in B.C. have faced struggles in recent years as costs have climbed. In 2023, Surrey’s FVDED In The Park was cancelled, while the Vancouver Folk Music Festival was nearly kiboshed after 46 years.

No one from Ambleside Live Entertainment immediately responded to a request for comment.

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