For a second straight September, Long Island is going without its Bradstock.
The popular annual music festival was supposed to take place this weekend, Sept. 4-5, at Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck. But organizers decided last month to cancel the three-stage event due to the emerging COVID-19 Delta variant and ongoing safety concerns over the pandemic.
“It’s been an empty week without the crazy fun of set up and we now face a second Labor Day without Bradstock,” organizers posted Friday on the festival’s Facebook page. “We know we’re doing the right thing, but it is certainly a bummer!”
Bradstock revenues are donated to Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck and Island Harvest. Organizers said you can click here to the camp or to make a donation to Island Harvest, click here, and note that your gift is in honor of Bradstock.
In their statement released on Facebook in August, festival organizers said the event was cancelled this year out of safety concerns for attendees, musicians, staff and volunteers.
“The Delta variant poses significant concerns with a present trajectory that would appear to peak on Labor Day weekend,” read the Facebook post. “The Circle of Chiefs do not want to implement changes to our festival that would mitigate the risks but would also make Bradstock something other than what we all know and love.
“And most definitely, the Chiefs do not want to be the vaccine police,” the post continued.
Plans are already in the works for Bradstock 2022.
Above photo: Facebook / Bradstock