New Orleans Jazz Fest 2021 Cancelled Due to COVID-19 Concerns, Plans Late April-May 2022 Return

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In what’s been a troubling return to the headlines within the past week or so, more and more high-profile music events are once again being postponed or cancelled due to COVID-19, which remains an issue throughout the country with the delta variant (despite the wide availability of vaccinations).  One of the biggest and most recent cancellations during this recent “second round” to hit the live music industry came from the New Orleans Jazz Fest.

The heralded fest announced on Sunday that it will not be taking place as planned between Oct. 8 – 17 (which were rescheduled dates in the first place), instead planning and hoping to return to its traditional time period in late April.

The message:

As a result of the current exponential growth of new COVID cases in New Orleans and the region and the ongoing public health emergency, 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. We now look forward to next spring, when we will present the Festival during its traditional timeframe. Next year’s dates are April 29 – May 8, 2022.

Ticketholders for both Festival weekends (including those that rolled over their tickets from 2020) will receive an email this week with details about the ticket refund and rollover process. All Wednesday, October 13 tickets will be automatically refunded.

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.

More than 70 artists spanning multiple genres were to participate in the event, an eclectic mix including Foo Fighters, the Black Crowes, Stevie Nicks, Dead & Company and the Rolling Stones, to name just a few.

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