Metalocalypstick, the Canadian festival that puts an emphasis on women in metal and rock has announced the cancellation of its 2020 edition for June 27th and 28th in Lone Butte, British Columbia. Under the guidelines recommended by the provincial government for social distancing during the COVID 19 pandemic and falling under the category of an event hosting a public gathering larger than 50 people, the festival has made the decision not to present this year’s 2020 line up to protect the health and safety of attendees. For more information from the BC Centre For Disease Control, please visit the following link here .
In a statement issued by festival organizer Kaija Kinney on the event's Facebook page:
"Dear metal family,
Metalocalypstick Fest is cancelled for 2020. I know, you’re all surprised! We will not be rescheduling, but you can expect 2021 to be an amazing year for events.
We hope everyone is alive and well in these odd times. This was a big decision for us and we are devastated that this will not be our fifth annual year. We will miss the metal family so much this year and its sad we won’t all be getting together.
Much love and thank you for the continued support of the Western Canadian metal scene!
(All ticket purchases can be refunded electronically)"
To request ticket refund, please fill out the following form HERE .
This year's 2020 edition of Metalocalypstick was to be the festival's fifth consecutive year with its unique characteristic of showcasing feminine power in heavy music. Last year's 2019 event, hosted bands from Canada, Tasmania, Mexico, Egypt, and the USA.
Metalocalypstick is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to giving back to the community and donates 100% of the proceeds to local charities including Girls Rock Camp and the Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter. On top of these charities, the festival also selects one independent band to be sponsored and be given opportunities to further their career in music.
Lone Butte Community Hall
5994 Hwy. 24
Lone Butte, BC
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Featured in publications such as Metal Hammer and Billboard, Metalocalypstick Fest not only celebrates women in metal, but also gives back to the community. Formed in 2016 as a non-profit organization, they are dedicated to raising funds and donating 100% of proceeds to local charities Girls Rock Camp, Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter, and Earth Protectors plus they sponsor an independent band picked by Metalocalypstick Fest judges.
The festival was founded by Kaija Kinney of Vancouver’s Anarcheon after researching a lack of female based metal festivals to apply her band to, Kinney took matters into her own and decided to produce the event.
“This festival means the celebration of both sexes coming together and creating something amazing. People like to say women in metal aren’t a big deal anymore and that we are all the same. I feel that is untrue, this is still a male-dominated world and women are still looked at as lesser. I want to showcase all these badass ladies and celebrate the differences between men and women rather than pretend we are all equal. Truth is we are different why can’t we celebrate that?” says Kinney.