2020 New Orleans Jazz Fest canceled due to COVID-19

The 2020 New Orleans Jazz Fest has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In March, festival organizers announced that the event, originally set for April 23 to April 26 and April 30 to May 3, would be postponed to the fall. However, due to the pandemic “continuing to evolve unpredictably,” organizers have now outright scrapped the festival for this year.

“This conclusion is made after much careful deliberation,” reads a statement from organizers. “It takes something truly momentous to interrupt a 50-year New Orleans tradition as special as the Festival, but we feel strongly that the most prudent course right now is to allow more time for the situation to stabilize.”

The statement continues, “We thank everyone for their patience as we have considered all of the matters necessary to making this difficult decision.”

Among the artists who were on the 2020 Jazz Fest bill were The WhoStevie NicksLionel Richie, The Beach Boys, Dead & Company, Lenny Kravitz and The Black Crowes.

The lineup also included Nile Rodgers & Chic, Kool & the Gang, Rickie Lee Jones, The Isley Brothers, Aaron Neville, Elvis Costello & the Imposters, The Cowsills, Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, Buddy Guy, Irma Thomas, Jimmy Cliff, and The Dirty Knobs — the band fronted by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell.

Tickets purchased for the 2020 event will be valid for Jazz Fest 2021. Information regarding refunds is forthcoming.

Visit NOJazzFest.com for more info.

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