Organizers of the Forest Festival are dubbing the 2019 edition, “the year of change”.

With tickets about to go on sale, Lesley English the Festival Manager is detailing some changes. English tells MyHaliburtonNow.com that the biggest change is the closure of the Bone Lake Amphitheatre will be closed for the 2019 season. According to English, the amphitheatre has had 20 years of use and is in need of serious renovations and refreshing before they can use it again.

With it out of commission, English says they are “focusing our full attention on the recently upgraded Logging Museum to make it even warmer and more magical than it already is.”

Another change this year is more of an addition, says English, they are going to be offering the first ever licenced dance party. That is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, August 15th-16th. English says this year, the festival is going to close with CBC’s Tom Allen, who is expected to bring one of his “Chamber Musicals”.

English says there is also a change to the ticket packages, which will be announced on Facebook.

According to English, the lineup for the event is set, starting with Steven Page, the former frontman of the Barenaked Ladies on Wednesday, August 14th. The next day is a Juno nominated Bluegrass band, the Slocan Ramblers. Friday, the Juno winning reggae band, the Satellites performs. On Saturday, Collete Savard and the Savants, as well as Soul Stew take the stage. Sunday, the closing night, sees performances from Amanda Rheaume, an award-winning artist, and the aforementioned Tom Allen.

More information about the Forest Festival can be found by clicking here