Excision Optimistic for 2021 Lost Lands, Bass Canyon Festivals

J.M. Lesinski

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With COVID vaccinations looking more and more available nationwide across the United States, music festival and industry professionals are cautiously optimistic for the potential of larger festivals and in person music events in the later half of 2021.

One such optimist, DJ Jeff Abel (AKA Excision), has made clear his intentions to host his two namesake festivals, Lost Lands and Bass Canyon, this year in preparation for the summer. In an Instagram post, Abel outlined what is happening currently with the festivals, before officially announcing the opening of ticket sales for the events.

In the post, Abel remains positive in his encouragements that the festivals may have a chance of happening, but also made sure to include a disclaimer saying they might not as well.

The full post from Excision reads as follows:

“Headbangers,

While the world begins to re-open and vaccine distribution in the US ramps up at an encouraging rate, we along with the rest of the music industry are making plans to bring in-person live music events back to reality.

Even though we are still unable to host and play shows like we used to, it’s slowly becoming safer as the weeks go by. We don’t know when live shows will come back in full force, maybe it will be earlier than predicted, or maybe it will be later. But no matter what, we have to be ready. Large scale festivals take many months to plan properly, so we have to accept that if we want live events to be waiting for us at the end of this pandemic, then we need to start making plans for them far in advance.

I’m extremely hopeful that it will be safe for events like Lost Lands, Bass Canyon and others to happen this year. But rest assured, if any event date approaches and the conditions are still unsafe at that time, then we will cancel them, or I will not perform at others. Your safety is my number one priority.

With all of that in mind, we will be launching ticket sales for Lost Lands next week on Thursday, March 18th. And in the following weeks we’ll be making Bass Canyon 2021 tickets available, as well as approving Excision to be announced on various other festivals.

We’ve also been discussing new event safety regulations to implement when shows are back. Every promoter is going to approach this differently, and for Lost Lands and Bass Canyon it’s too early to say. No matter what, we will follow the guidance of our medical advisers in addition to city and state official guidelines, and we will keep you posted as the dates get closer.

While we don’t know how long we will have to wait, we are confident that we will eventually be back in full force. I hope you can join us in this optimism with patience and understanding as my team and I work tirelessly to bring live Bass Music back into your lives as soon as it is safe!

- X”

With this news, concertgoers can look forward to the possibility of not just one, but two amazing festivals this year featuring Excision. Even better news for those who purchased a festival ticket for the 2020 Lost Lands or Bass Canyon festivals (and did not request a refund), they will automatically be in for the respective 2021 festival.

Currently, Bass Canyon is slated to take place from August 20-22 in George, Washington’s Gorge Amphitheatre. Bass Canyon this year is boasting an all new second stage featuring primarily drum and bass, melodic, and free form bass music.

Likewise, Lost Lands is set to take place from September 24-26 in Thornville, Ohio’s Legend Valley. For those unfamiliar, Lost Lands features a wide array of EDM live music genres like dubstep amid a mix of tribal and prehistoric themed décor.

While things are a little too soon to name any artists by name at either festival, other than festival founder Excision, looking at last year’s Lost Lands lineup may give some idea of what is to be expected. The 2019 Lost Lands lineup included Peekaboo, Zeds Dead, Mastodon, Blunts and Blondes B2B HE$H, Slander B2B Spag Heddy, and of course Excision B2B Illenium.

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