A perfect rhythmic note lingers as fans bask in musical genius annually at the Harvest Music Festival, Fredericton’s spectacular event featuring world-renowned performances. During the summer, Harvest announced the lineup for this year’s 30th-anniversary celebration. From pop, rock, and country to soul legends, the spectacular extravaganza welcomes returning artists and features an array of talented professionals.
Avid fans are ready to descend upon the Brunswick town for live concerts and powerful performances from September 14 to 19! Featuring southern rock legend Jason Isbell, the chart-topping The Revivalists, and vintage rock singer, Grace Potter, this year’s event plans to uplift fans by re-emerging into the era of expansive, public live performances.
Billed as a homecoming, Harvest welcomes hometown favourite David Myles, Toronto’s Dwayne Gretzky cover band, and David Shaw, sharing music from his solo album. Harvest’s Musical Programmer Brent Staeben anticipates a joyful, exciting experience by presenting a wide array of sensational talents.
In 2020, the pandemic’s lockdowns delayed original plans for an anniversary celebration. Fortunately, New Brunswick’s vaccination rate is sparking optimism and event organizers anticipate the path to the Harvest festival being open. In May, patrons indicated in a survey interest in attending Harvest if the province reached vaccination milestones. Working in tandem with the city of Fredericton and the region, event organizers offer a safe concert experience for participants. By monitoring North American best practices, concert policies align with emergency order requirements as they evolve.
Harvest requests only fully vaccinated concert-goers attend the festival. They may alter the policy to align with changing public health guidance. Staff continue to communicate with patrons and will advise policy changes up to two weeks before the festival.
To purchase tickets, visit TicketPro. Free performances are also available, courtesy of The Hilton, a Harvest partner. Ultimate passes purchased for the cancelled 2020 event are redeemable for 2021 or may also roll over to 2022. All refund requests for Ultimate passes are honoured. Technology plays a major role in the event logistics, as the way organizers accept and track participants evolves annually. In 1990, ticket lines were long and cumbersome. Festival numbers have grown from 9,000 to 85,000 at most recent events. Now, barcode-QR code scanning alleviates some ticketing challenges, allowing users to enter the festival immediately with a simple scan of a smartphone QR code.
Traditionally, the event hosts a vast array of different performances. Even the most enthusiastic fans won’t see all the available entertainment during the event. Harvest’s tents and stages are filled with some of the most talented performers on the planet, so concert-goers will have to make a choice about which spectacular groups to see. For 30 years, the must-see performances have been plentiful, and unexpected acts send the audiences into states of sheer appreciation for the experience.