Dear Basilica SoundScape supporters,

With heavy hearts, we write to inform you that Basilica Hudson has made the impossibly difficult, though necessary, decision to cancel Basilica SoundScape 2021. This was not an easy conclusion to come to, but ultimately one done out of caution to prioritize the safety of our beloved artists, team and you — our cherished audience.

Over the last month, we have been wary of the extent to which COVID-19 is reemerging with new variants and breakthrough cases. Furthermore, one of our SoundScape artists, William Basinski, has recently decided to cancel his entire fall tour due to increasing health and safety concerns surrounding COVID-19. 

Simultaneously, our food vendors and various tech and photo staff have had to withdraw due to COVID related obstacles, which does not bode well for an event that typically provides our audience and partners with a hospitable, immersive environment that embodies the ease and magic of Basilica SoundScape. 

It is for these reasons that Basilica Hudson feels it is best to cancel Basilica SoundScape at PS21 this September. Full refunds for ticket purchases and camping passes will be automatically issued.

If you would like to support Basilica Hudson during this time, please consider making a direct donation HERE

As a nonprofit, we rely heavily on income from ticket sales to keep the lights on. Your donation directly supports our many free community events and off-site/outdoor programs this season, and helps ensure that Basilica Hudson can bring innovative live arts programming to our community now and in the future. We so appreciate your dedication to SoundScape, and hope to share in sound, in person soon.

As a nonprofit, navigating changing regulations and guidelines has left us, as non-health experts, with the challenge of making decisions that could potentially impact someone’s wellbeing. 

Supporting independent and innovative artists is at the core of what we do, at the core of what SoundScape evokes for us all. The thought of being able to experience that again after two years has been a beacon of excitement and hope. We so appreciate you believing in this new, different iteration of the festival, and for trusting us to create an experience that you could safely put your creative faith in.

We’d like to thank our partners The Creative Independent, PS21, H0l0, WGXC, Varyer, MeanRed Productions, DICE, Camp Dreem and all our vendors who so enthusiastically joined us on this journey. Basilica Hudson is infinitely grateful to the artists — Circuit des Yeux, Claire Rousay, Elvis Perkins, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, Moor Mother, Tomberlin, TROUBLE and William Basinski — for their willingness to create an intimate upstate weekend of new sounds and experiments. We take their commitments seriously, and hope to continue supporting each other in the future.

We know that we will be able to gather once more in the name of ramshackle sounds, in honor of the weird and avant-garde. Please let us know if you have any questions, and we hope to see you at the factory soon.

With love,

Basilica Hudson