Surrey’s popular FVDED in the Park music festival is moving out of the city — for this year only, apparently.
Launched at Holland Park in 2015, FVDED in the Park features hip-hop, R&B and electronic music, typically on the second weekend in July, with tens of thousands of ticketholders in attendance.
At three Vancouver venues this year, the 2021 lineup will feature DEADMAU5, Alison Wonderland, REZZ, Black Tiger Sex Machine and more, Live Nation Canada announced Tuesday (Aug. 17).
Earlier this summer, event organizers had aimed to stage the festival at Holland Park on Sept. 10-11, but those plans are now scrubbed.
“Through our ongoing consultation with the City Of Surrey we are unfortunately unable to move forward with this year’s FVDED in the Park at a capacity needed to execute the multi-stage event at Holland Park,” says a message posted to the festival’s website (fvdedinthepark.com).
“We will now start working on FVDED in the Park for July 2022 at Holland Park and will keep you posted as we confirm our plans.”
The website lists the festival’s 2021 venues as PNE Amphitheatre, Celebrities and Fortune Sound Club, under the banner FVDED Presents. Featured acts on Sept. 10 are DEADMAU5, Alison Wonderland, BLXST, Softest Hard, Nostalgix and So Sus, followed on Sept. 11 by REZZ, Black Tiger Sex Machine, Baauer, Trevor Daniel, Juelz b2b Tails, Eric Reprid and DJ Miko So.
“FVDED In The Park ticket holders will also have an option to use your tickets to attend the PNE events, otherwise each event will be sold separately,” the event website says.
Also, “Ticket holders can transfer 2021 tickets to 2022 and still receive the $50 Legends Pack to use onsite for 2022. We will be offering full refunds to anyone that would like them, Front Gate will send a message to fans tomorrow/Tuesday with updated information.”
This year’s version of FVDED re-imagines the festival as “a celebration of music and culture as a number artists come together for this special series of events,” according to Alvaro Prol, co-founder of Blueprint, which organizes the event along with partner Live Nation.
“We are extremely proud of the deep connection the fans have with this festival,” Prol said in a news release. “FVDED has become one of the most significant urban music festivals in Canada, drawing 50,000 fans each year. FVDED Presents is about connecting the artists, creatives and the music of FVDED with the fans in smaller festival experiences over two days.”