The Governor’s Ball canceled its 2020 event as the New York City coronavirus outbreak continues to worsen.
The three-day festival was scheduled for June 5-7 this year and was led by Tempe Impala, Missy Elliott, Flume and Vampire Weekend. The Stallions, Danny Brown, Stevie Knicks, Miley Cyrus, Carly Rap Jepsen, Solange, Girl Talk, Maren Morris, Bleacher, Portugal and Banks were also scheduled.
At the time of writing (March 27), The New York Times in New York had 365 COVID-19 deaths, with a total of 23,112 confirmed cases.
Organizers of the festival released a statement announcing the decision on Thursday afternoon.
“We must wholeheartedly announce the cancellation of the Governors’ Ball 2020 due to COVID-19,” they wrote.
“Simply put, because of current government mandates and the evolving situation in New York, moving forward with our June dates is not safe and reasonable. The well-being of our fans, artists, staff, sales people, partners and the surrounding NYC community is always our top priority. ”
Organizers pledged to hold the festival in 2021 and said they were already making plans. It is unclear whether they intend to rewrite the lineup for 2020. Ticket holders may require a refund or transfer of tickets to the 2021 event.
“These are crazy and unprecedented times,” the organizers wrote, “but New Yorkers are no stranger to the problem. As a city and a community, we will all survive it. New York is always that way. Now is the time to be smart, look after each other and do everything to help the city and the world. We urge everyone to listen to health officials, to be safe and to be excited about the future when we are on the wrong side. “
The Governor’s Ball is the latest major festival to cancel or reschedule an event due to a coronavirus pandemic, joining Glastonbury, Coachella, Brilliant in the Grass and more.