Although it's official lineup was only released a little over a month ago, Montreal's Metro Metro 2020 festival has been cancelled. This decision, which they refer to as "heartbreaking," was made by the festival's organizers, along with the Régie des installations Olympiques (RIO). They mention that this decision will help them more properly prepare for the 2021 edition though — so we now have that to look forward to.
The festival's 2020 edition was set to take place from May 15 to 17.
The official announcement of the cancellation of this year's Metro Metro reads, "With the safety and health of the population being the top of our priority, this decision was well-considered and we also aim to do our part in taking all possible measures to curb the contagion."
In the announcement, it is mentioned that the extension of the closure of the Canadian border is part of the reason for the festival's cancellation — since many of its artists were going to be coming to Montreal from abroad.
Anyone who has already purchased a ticket for the festival will receive an email in the upcoming days about how to get a full refund.
Below is the announcement that was posted on Metro Metro's official Instagram account.
50 Cent, Young Thug, and Travis Scott were set to headline the festival. Other big names on the 2020 lineup included Loud, Fetty Wap, and Lil Pump.
On a positive note, let's just imagine how wild the 2021 Metro Metro festival is going to be now.
On April 1, Premier François Legault announced that health officials will be releasing the most probable scenario for when the peak of the outbreak is to be expected.
Such, although it will not be certain, will help officials plan for upcoming measures and help individuals see a bit of light at the end of the tunnel.
While extremely saddening news, this choice was made to keep all festival-goers, artists, employees, and everyone involved safe.