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Concerns raised over unsanctioned music festival planned for north of Kamloops

2015 Electric Love Music Festival.
Image Credit: Contributed / Electric Love Music Festival / Kreative Fotos
June 24, 2016 - 12:32 PM

KAMLOOPS - The Thompson-Nicola Regional District is calling out a music festival for a lack of permits, but organizers say the district should wait before making assumptions about the festival.

The Electric Love Music Festival has not secured permits for an event planned July 29 to Aug. 1, the regional district said in a release issued today, June 24. The district also cites safety concerns such as wildfires and emergency vehicle access as cause for concern.

However, organizers say the district should wait until Monday when an official announcement is planned, and not make assumptions.

The organizers own land near Vidette Lake northwest of Kamloops, the district’s development director Regina Sadilkova says. Organizers applied for permits in February for the festival, but withdrew due to how long it would take for the permits to be issued. Part of the land they planned to use is part of the agricultural land reserve and typically permits involving the reserve take at least a year to secure.

Organizers did not reapply for permits with the district for this summer.

“At this point the Electric Love Music Festival has no permits of any kind from the TNRD,” Sadilkova says.

While the festival organizers won’t comment on what they have planned, spokesperson Dennis Nukina says the district has jumped the gun and should have waited until Monday, when an announcement from the organizers is planned. He adds ways to deal with the safety concerns mentioned by the district are being worked out as well.

“They can sit there and think whatever they want,” Nukina says. “We’ll let them sweat it out.”

— This story was updated at 3:50 p.m., June 24, 2016, to correct the caption on the photo.

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