The urban festival announced their ninth annual affair will be postponed until Labor Day Weekend.
Despite coronavirus pandemic fears affecting the nation, NOLA’s premier springtime event, Buku Music + Art Project, insisted their 2020 edition would go on as planned. Even in the midst of the world’s top festivals getting cancelled left and right. That is, until last night when the US executive branch issued a travel ban to Europe, the NBA cancelled their season, Washington State banned all large-scale events over 250 people, and Tom Hankes came down with COVID-19—all in one night.
There’s no denying the virus is spreading fast, which is why the New Orleans Mayor informed BUKU organizers that their ninth annual event would not be able to take place. Much to their dismay, BUKU addressed fans with a heavy heart just hours ago:
“This morning we received notice from the Mayor of New Orleans’ office that BUKU cannot take place next weekend due to COVID-19 concerns,” BUKU’s organizers stated in an official letter addressed to fans. “It’s a tough pill to swallow, but we respect their decision, and instead of crying we’ve been planning… fast.”
That is to say that Winter Circle, the promotional company behind BUKU, are already working on to reschedule the entire festival for Labor Day Weekend. Now anyone even remotely in the scene knows just how much of a challenge this kind of move is. Especially given how contracts have already been hammered out, permits have be acquired, and attendees have already booked their travel plans.
For those who cannot attend the postponed dates, BUKU told ticket holders that they will be notified by the end of next week on how to obtain a refund
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