Jazz Fest 2020 Postponed Due to Coronavirus

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The 2020 edition of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, better known simply as Jazz Fest, has been postponed, due to ongoing Covid-19 health concerns. The event, which spans two lengthy weekends, originally set for Apr. 23-26 and April 30 – May 3, will now take place in the fall. Those new details are still to be determined; all purchases for the original dates will be honored for the fall dates.

The lineup was revealed on Jan. 16 and once again, it was chock full of classic rock legends over its two weekends. Leading the way are The Who and Stevie Nicks. They’ll be joined by Dead & Company, Lenny Kravitz, Elvis Costello & the Imposters, the Black Crowes, the Foo Fighters, Rickie Lee Jones, and the Beach Boys, among dozens of other top names. The postponement, announced on Mar. 17, didn’t specify if all of the artists would still able to perform this fall.

Jazz Fest includes artists spanning a broad range of music genres. Some of the biggest, revealed in the Jan. 16 announcement: Lionel Richie, the Isley Brothers, Buddy Guy, John Prine, Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, the Dirty Knobs with Mike Campbell, and Norah Jones.

This year’s 51st festival, dubbed “Right Place, Right Time,” again adds a day by opening on the Thursday of its first weekend. All told, there will be 650+ artists on 14 stages. Tickets are available here.

Watch the Jazz Fest 2020 talent announcement video

The Who’s appearance had been considered a given as Pete Townshend had leaked it out last fall. (Tickets for their 2020 tour are available at Ticketmaster and here.)

This year’s daily headliners (and their originally scheduled dates): Thursday, April 23 – The Beach Boys, Nile Rodgers & Chic; Friday, April 24 – Lenny Kravitz, Elvis Costello & the Imposters; Saturday, April 25 – The Who, the Avett Brothers; Sunday, April 26 – Foo Fighters, Brandi Carlile, Norah Jones; Thursday, April 30 – The Black Crowes; Friday, May 1 – Lionel Richie; Saturday, May 2 – Dead & Company; and Sunday, May 3 – Stevie Nicks.

Started in 1970, Jazz Fest annually celebrates the unique culture of New Orleans and the region drawing fans from around the country and around the world.

Related: Listings for 100s of classic rock tours

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  1. Da Mick
    #1 Da Mick 18 January, 2020, 19:51

    Sorry, but after what Nicks did to Lindsey Buckingham, with the Mac ouster, I want nothing more to do with her, or the spineless Fleetwood Mac. Not knowing what lie ahead for Buckingham, I don’t know how the band could allow her to blackmail the engine of the group out of the band.

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