The Bella Coola Music Festival is adapting to the times and going online to celebrate its 21st festival on July 18 & 19, 2020. The Festival has partnered with Nuxalk Radio (www.nuxalkradio.com) to broadcast its 2020 lineup and is encouraging everyone to tune in on Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19 from 11am to 11pm.
The lineup includes global performers such as the Moulettes (UK) and Ramon Chicharron (Columbia) as well as B.C.-based bands such as Blackberry Wood, Cousin Harley, Dave Soroka (Grand Forks), and Jason Camp and the Posers (Haida Gwaii).
The lineup aslo features local favourites the Chris Carlson Band and Billy Hall.
The unique approach was decided fairly early on after the COVID-19 pandemic ensured that Festivals would not be happening across B.C. this summer.
“I recorded candid conversations and interviews with artists via online video chat, and in person with our local musicians here in the studio. What a fabulous experience! Nothing really replaces the intimacy of seeing their live shows, but with the personal interviews, we get to know the musicians better as individuals and learn what’s behind their music,” explained Artistic Director Rose Clark. “Their music that will be broadcast won’t be live —- that would be a logistical nightmare and, largely an unenjoyable experience on both sides. A lot of work goes into creating an awesome live show and a lot of work goes into recording a good album. Because of the current precautions due to Covid-19, this year the Artists are showcasing their recordings. We have to be creative with our solutions and find the positives in doing things differently.
“It gives people the chance to host the Bella Coola Music Festival from your home this year by tuning in July 18th and 19th to 91.1 FM Nuxalk Radio. Listen to music from the 2020 line-up and get close up and personal with the artists in their exclusive interviews. To learn more and catch the latest news visit www.bellacoolamusicfest.org. Gather safely and enjoy the Bella Coola Music Festival 2020 broadcast!”