2021 has been overshadowed by a revolving door of gritty virus-related headlines, but the organizers of the Escapade Music Festival have just slammed them.
According to the Ottawa resident, who reported that organizers claimed there were no documented COVID-19 cases at this year's festival, Escapade drew about 10,000 people at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Park on September 4 and 5, 2021 each. In a step considered controversial by many, participants had to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
It is a milestone worth celebrating. It's been a tumultuous road to the gorgeous edition of Escapade 2021, which featured headlines from The Chainsmokers and ILLENIUM alongside other dance music superstars. Organizers were forced to postpone the April event as they cited the "unrealistic" possibility of holding a festival in June amid a spike in COVID-19 cases.
The organizers of Escapade went to Facebook to celebrate the success of their 2021 edition.
"Together we were able to show that a safe festival is possible through increased security measures and that there is a clear way to bring live events back to each and every one of you as quickly as possible," the article says.
"We are very excited to pave the way for the industry and to show that live events can safely return," added festival director Ali Shafaee in a statement.
Escapade's triumph is proof of its people and infrastructure. Despite similar participation, a Dutch electronic music festival called Verknipt was blown up by health officials earlier this summer after they linked the event to over 1,000 infections.
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