PENTICTON, B.C. – UPDATE 5:54 to include comments from Boonstock organizer Colin Kobza:
The B.C. Liquor Control and Licensing Branch has denied Boonstock its liquor licence for the upcoming August long-weekend event in Penticton.
“After working with the RCMP and festival organizers, and reviewing the event’s safety and security plan, the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch is not confident that potential safety concerns identified with the Boonstock festival have been sufficiently addressed,” says Ray Tetzel, A/Deputy General Manager, Compliance and Enforcement Division, Liquor Control and Licensing Branch in a release late Friday.”
“As such, we will not be approving its liquor application,” says Tetzel.
The release goes on to say there were gaps that need to be filled to help Boonstock address potential risks.
“Unfortunately these risks remain outstanding,” says Tetzel.
Boonstock organizer Colin Kobza was reached by phone late today by Global Okanagan and asked if this will impact the festival.
He remained optimistic that there was still time to work out the issue.
“We’re still working on it,” says Kobza, who said he couldn’t talk because he was in a meeting.
About 8,000 people were expected on Penticton Indian Band land for the event that headlined Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.