Jazz Fest 2021 Canceled Due to ‘Exponential Growth’ of Covid-19

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The organizers of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, better known simply as Jazz Fest, have canceled the 2021 edition of the fest due to the “current exponential growth” of Covid-19 cases in New Orleans and the region. The news, announced today (August 8, 2021), noted that the event will return on April 29 – May 8, 2022. This marks the second year that the annual star-filled event has been kayo’d by the pandemic. The 2021 event was already delayed from its traditional spring slot. The organizers had recently added the Rolling Stones to the bill as part of the band’s 2021 edition of their No Filter tour. The 2021 event at the New Orleans Fair Grounds was to span two full weekends, from October 8-17. (It was originally scheduled to be held from April 22 – May 2 but was pushed back due to health concerns.)

The lineup was originally revealed on June 24 and once again, it was chock full of classic rock legends over its two weekends, many of whom were scheduled to appear at the 2020 fest. It boasted such A-Listers as Stevie Nicks, Jimmy Buffett, and Dead & Company. They were to be joined by Elvis Costello & the Imposters, the Black Crowes, Boz Scaggs, the Foo Fighters, Rickie Lee Jones, Randy Newman, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Melissa Etheridge, and the Beach Boys, among dozens of other top names.

Jazz Fest always includes artists spanning a broad range of music genres. Some of the biggest for 2021 were to include: the Isley Brothers, Lizzo, Brandi Carlile, Ricky Skaggs, Chris Isaak, Ziggy Marley, Tower of Power and Norah Jones.

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

Tickets were available here.

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.

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  1. v2787
    #1 v2787 27 June, 2021, 15:54

    Since when are the Dead & Co. A-listers? rofl

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    • Mbass718
      Mbass718 27 June, 2021, 23:11

      Since they sell out every stadium and arena they’ve played for the last six years..minus the last year. Like Jimmy Buffett is an A lister? Or The Beach boys with one original member?

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