2020 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival canceled because of coronavirus

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced organizers of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival to cancel the 2020 event.

According to a press release, the festival is scheduled to resume in April 2021 “after much careful deliberation.” Previously, organizers planned to postpone the festival to this fall.

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“With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to evolve unpredictably — and out of an abundance of caution of the health and safety of our community, including musicians, fans, participants and staff — Jazz Fest 2020 will not occur this fall, as previously announced,” the release said.

Organizers say the 2021 festival will take place from April 22 to May 2, and preparations for the event are in the works.

“It takes something truly momentous to interrupt a 50-year New Orleans as special as the Festival,” the release said.

Tickets purchased for this year’s event will still be valid for the 2021 Jazz Fest, organizers said. Purchasers unable to attend next year’s event will receive notifications regarding the refund process no later than April 22.

Those ticket holders who have purchased from the Smoothie King Center will be notified about refund information via Jazz Fest’s social media platforms in upcoming days.

The Who, Foo Fighters, Stevie Nicks and Lizzo were among the acts headlining the 51st year of the festival at the New Orleans Fairgrounds.

Other 2020 headliners included Dead & Company, Lionel Richie, The Lumineers, The Avett Brothers, The Black Crowes, Lenny Kravitz, Norah Jones, Erykah Badu and The Beach Boys.

Jazz Fest was originally scheduled for Thursday through Sunday, from April 23 to April 26 and April 30 to May 3.

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