CBC News : Long-time B.C. electronic music festival on pause following sexual violence allegations against artist

Shambhala Music Festival has postponed virtual event after allegations made against at least one performer

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The Shambhala Music Festival, hosted in Salmo, B.C., since 1998, is postponing this summer’s virtual event after sexual violence allegations were made online against at least one of its performers.

In a news release circulated on Saturday, organizers of the electronic dance music festival said there have been serious allegations made against past and present performers.

“We recognize that forms of sexual violence exist in our society and we take accountability for the role festivals play in this,” organizers said in the release.

The online version of this year’s festival was set to begin July 23, but organizers say it’s been postponed so a review can be conducted of the policies and practices that are in place to keep attendees, staff and performers safe from sexual violence or abuse.

The announcement came after allegations were made about UK artist Billy Kenny, who has played Shambhala before and was set to perform as part of the online event this year.

‘Dismantle rape culture’

Initially, on July 13, organizers announced that Kenny had been removed from its home digital streaming event.

“We take any allegations of assault, whether it be physical, verbal or sexual, very seriously and we do not condone that behaviour in any way,” it said on Twitter.

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