With Osheaga 2021 announcing its main headliners for the upcoming festival, we couldn't help but wonder: how does Evenko know that such a large event will take place?

While the festival announced that it will be "bigger and better than ever next year, how and if this will pan out is still a bit up in the air.

"Since last March, we are in constant communication with public authorities, but at this time no one can tell with 100% certainty what will happen in the summer. We will follow whatever rules the government lays out," Evenko's media relations told us.

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We’ve spoken to the bands and they want to — and have to — start planning for the future, as we do.

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The event company explained that planning a festival as big as Osheaga takes time, so they needed to start in advance.

"When the world is ready to safely start rolling again, we need to be ready and have our ducks in order. That cannot be done with a two-month lead time."

We can be rest-assured that Osheaga will follow safety protocols. "Whatever we do, we will be 100% sure that we are doing it responsibly according to whatever guidelines the government and scientific community advise us are the proper ways to proceed, in the ever-evolving situation that we’re living through."

Evenko releasing Osheaga's three main headlines a whole seven and a half months before the actual event was as a way to "remind people that things will get better and we will be able to return to some of the things that give us enjoyment."

Weekend passes for the festival planned for July 30 – August 1, 2021, are already for sale on Osheaga's website.

So, here's to hoping that with a vaccine against COVID-19 on its way to Quebec, we can expect to have a normal summer 2021 here in Montreal — filled with music festivals.