Sam Hunt speaks.
It was announced late last week that he would no longer drive to Canada to headline the Boots & Hearts Music Festival this Friday night after his team released a statement saying it was due to “ongoing government restrictions”.
They added that they had hoped Canada would have lifted its COVID restrictions by now, but as they still have vaccination requirements for US travelers, he was unable to cross the border and make his commitment.
It seems really obvious at this point that vaccination requirements were the only factor in his argument for withdrawing so last minute, although some have speculated that this may have something to do with the DUI he is suffering from in August 2021 pleaded guilty.
However, Sam cleared up any confusion and/or speculation and confirmed that it was indeed the vaccination policy that forced him to cancel.
And in an Instagram post last Tuesday, which was a video of him covering Bruce Springsteen’s “Atlantic City,” Sam responded to a fan’s question as to why he canceled his performance at the festival a week ahead of schedule , to which he said:
“I wish we were still playing. I’ve been looking forward to it. Canada still needs the vaccine.”
Here’s his team’s full original statement on Twitter regarding the cancellation:
“Unfortunately, due to ongoing government restrictions, Sam Hunt is unable to perform at the Boots & Hearts Music Festival on August 5th.
We had hoped these restrictions would be lifted as the date approaches, but it is now clear that will not happen.
Boots & Hearts Music Festival has secured a great replacement and we hope you continue to have a great weekend at Burl’s Creek.”
— Sam Hunt (@SamHuntMusic) July 28, 2022
The multi-day country music and camping festival is scheduled for this weekend, August 4-7, and will feature 40 artists over four days, including the great Shania Twain, who will wrap up Sunday night, as well as Morgan Wade and many more.
Jake Owen replaces Sam as Friday night headliner:
https://www.whiskeyriff.com/2022/08/01/sam-hunt-confirms-he-canceled-appearance-at-boots-hearts-festival-because-of-canadian-vaccine-mandate/ Sam Hunt Confirms He Canceled Appearance At Boots & Hearts Festival Because Of Canadian Vaccine Mandate