Both Peach Music Festival and Camp Bisco rescheduled for 2021 at Montage Mountain in Scranton
This rainy Monday morning, the sad news broke that both the ninth annual Peach Music Festival and the 18th annual Camp Bisco at The Pavilion at Montage Mountain and Montage Mountain Waterpark in Scranton are canceled and rescheduled for the same weekends next year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The good news is that fans who already purchased tickets for either festival can choose between receiving a full refund or enjoying an extra day of music. In the case of Peach, the headliners – including the long-awaited reunion of Oysterhead (Trey Anastasio of Phish, Les Claypool of Primus, and Stewart Copeland of The Police), two sets of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, and two sets of The String Cheese Incident – are signed on to return in 2021.
Both reschedulings were announced on the festivals’ websites and social media pages.
Read the full Peach Fest letter below:
Dear Peach People,
Thank you for supporting the Peach Music Festival. We love our Peach family and hope you and your loved ones are safe. Out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to reschedule Peach 2020 and reunite on July 1-4, 2021. While we are disappointed to share this news, the health and safety of the entire Peach community is our top priority.
All Peach headlining acts will return in 2021 – Oysterhead, String Cheese Incident, and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead. Fans can expect a very similar lineup to this year with some tasty additions, special sets, and surprises mixed in.
Your 2020 Peach order will be valid for Peach 2021. Peach 2020 passholders who hold onto their festival passes for next year will be exclusively invited to an additional night of music on Wednesday, June 30, 2021.
Fans who hold onto their festival passes with camping, RV passes or glamping passes will receive special early access to the campgrounds on Wednesday, June 30, 2021.
Fans who would like a full refund have until Wednesday, June 10, 2020 to make that request. Current passholders will receive an email from Front Gate Tickets within 72 hours including details for both options.
We appreciate everyone’s patience and kindness as we worked through this process. Thank You Peach Family! Soon we will be back together sharing blue skies and sunny days. In the meantime, please take care of yourself and each other. We will see you at the Peach!
The full Camp Bisco letter offered a similar message:
Greetings Bisco Fam –
After much consideration, we have decided to reschedule Camp Bisco 2020 to July 8-10, 2021. We are extremely saddened by this decision, but the safety of the festival goers, artists, crews, and staff is our number one priority.
Hold on to your 2020 Camp Bisco passes – they will be valid for Camp Bisco 2021. Expect an epic Camp lineup similar to this year with some amazing additions, massive production, and an immersive projection mapping experience.
Current passholders who hold onto their festival passes for next year will receive an exclusive Camp Bisco pre-party concert on the evening of Wednesday, July 7, 2021. Fans who would like a full refund have [until] Wednesday, June 10, 2020 to make that request. Current passholders will receive an email from Front Gate Tickets within 72 hours including details for both options.
We here at Camp HQ are very appreciative of your patience as we worked through this. We love you all so much. Stay safe and stay healthy.
Next Stop: Camp Bisco 2021
Originally scheduled for Thursday, July 2 through Sunday, July 5, 2020, the Peach moving to Fourth of July weekend this year was a major change, and the rare appearance of Oysterhead was a big surprise. Joe Russo’s Almost Dead planned to welcome Oteil Burbridge of The Allman Brothers Band on bass in place of Dave Dreiwitz, but it’s unclear if that will happen next year.
Turkuaz was set to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Talking Heads album “Remain in Light” by performing it in its entirety with special guests Jerry Harrison of the Talking Heads and Adrian Belew. In addition, The Slip planned to reunite for a special set, and Billy Strings was going to serve as an artist-in-residence.
Oteil Burbridge and Friends would have performed with Devon Allman and Duane Betts “in a nod to the Peach Music Festival’s origins” as an Allman Brothers event, and the Guitar Pull introduced last year was set to return after it went over so well. Over 50 artists were announced, though many of them are regulars at the festival and will likely be back in 2021.
Meanwhile, the wild party of Camp Bisco was going to feature the usual six sets by festival founders The Disco Biscuits, along with headliners Bassnectar, GRiZ, Tipper, Lotus, San Holo, STS9, Subtronics, Shpongle (Simon Posford live) backed by The Disco Biscuits, G Jones, and TroyBoi. Over 50 other artists were confirmed back in March before COVID-19 changed the concert industry for the foreseeable future.
Read NEPA Scene’s Peach Fest interview with Grammy Award-winning reggae musician Stephen Marley here, another interview with rising star Maggie Rose here, and see photos from the 2019 festival here. See photos of Camp Bisco from 2019 here.