New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Bonnaroo, Cannes Lions advertising festival, and more have been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival was scheduled for April 23 through April 26 and April 30 through May 3, but it has now been pushed back to the fall, according to organizers. Some of the festival’s lineup of artists included #Lizzo, #LionelRichie, #WuTangClan, and more. “The health and safety of the community, our musicians, festival fans, participants, sponsors, and staff are paramount. And we urge everyone to follow the guidelines and protocols put forth by public health officials,” organizers said in a statement.
Other events like the CFDA Awards (Met Gala) have also been halted until a later date. The CFDA Awards were originally set to take place at the New York Public Library on June 8, but the event has yet to give a new date and time. On Wednesday, the CFDA posted to social media stating designers have been struggling “in both their personal lives and professional operations,” amid the outbreak.
“After carefully reviewing the guidelines of federal and state governments, as well as public health agencies, CFDA Chairman, Tom Ford, and Steven Kolb, President and CEO, along with the full support of the board, have made the decision to postpone the 2020 CFDA Fashion Awards,” the fashion design council said in a statement. “The COVID-19 outbreak is bringing many challenges to fashion designers in both their personal lives and professional operations,” the statement continued. “As an organization with a diverse membership conducting business globally, the CFDA is doing everything it can to help our designers through these difficult times in their businesses.”
The same goes for the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, the major event, which is held every summer in France, has postponed its June gathering in response to the coronavirus. Organizers have moved the festival to October 26 through the 30th. “The decision comes following much deliberation with our partners and customers, as well as, consultation with public health officials, the mayoral office of Cannes and the French Authorities,” the festival’s organizers said in a statement. “Although we have sound mitigation plans, we shall continue to monitor this situation carefully and continue to engage closely with our customers, as we start to work in collaboration to ensure we can recognize the world’s best creativity in 2020.”
Fans also won’t be able to see Lizzo, The Weeknd, Lana Del Rey, and more at the annual 2020 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, as it also has been postponed. Originally set for June 11 through 14 at Manchester, Tennessee’s Great Stage Park, the show will now be moved to September 24 through the 27th. “Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival will be rescheduled to take place September 24-27, 2020 out of an abundance of caution and for the health and safety of all Bonnaroovians, artists, staff, and our community. All current tickets and onsite accommodations (camping, tent rentals, RV, etc.) will be honored for the new weekend. Fans with off-site accommodations and shuttles purchased through the festival will be contacted directly with updates,” said Bonnaroo officials. “Rest assured, we will share updates as quickly as possible via email, our website, and on our social accounts. Please continue to radiate positivity through this uncharted time in our world. Thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to seeing you on The Farm this fall.”
The Glastonbury Festival, which was set to take place June 26-June 30th, has also been canceled.