New Orleans Jazz Fest will be postponed according to the event officials. In the midst of rising coronarvis concerns, particularly with the highly contagious Delta variant. Monday’s news comes after a number of festivals across the country have gone on without a hitch.
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival posted a cancellation explanation on the festival website alluding to “the current exponential growth of new COVID cases in New Orleans and the region.”
“We must sadly announce that the 2021 edition of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell, scheduled to take place October 8-17, 2021, will not occur as planned.”
Unfortunately, this is the second time that the event did not take place as a result of the pandemic.
The popular music festival attracts a half a million visitors to New Orleans, coming in second to Mardis Gras. Several artists were lined up to hit the New Orleans Jazz Fest stage including Stevie Nicks and H.E.R. In addition the Foo Fighters, Nora Jones, Elvis Costello, Wu-Tang Clan and Jon Batiste also had scheduled appearances. In addition, the festival added The Rolling Stones to the bill two weeks ago.
Future Festival Plans
Festival organizers assured attendees that they have an action plan in place and advised people to act according to CDC recommendations.
“In the meantime, we urge everyone to follow the guidelines and protocols put forth by public health officials, so that we can all soon experience together the joy that is Jazz Fest,” organizers stated.
The event will take place on April 29 to May 8, 2022. For those who planned on attending the 2021 festival will receive email correspondence regarding further details on refunds and rollovers.
No one knows what the next six months to a year may look like. Hopefully, Spring 2022 is a safer time for festival goers.