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Lightning in a Bottle postponed indefinitely over coronavirus large event bans

Following California’s state of emergency declaration, state officials have placed a ban on all large gatherings of over 250 people. This directly effected tons of events already on the books for the month. However, no April and May festivals in the state (even across the country) had been called off until now, showing the severity of how long this coronavirus pandemic will last. Lightning in a Bottle has just gone public with the cancellation of their 2020 gathering. The event was original slated to take place May 20-25.

“The health and safety of our attendees, our amazing staff, crew, vendors, artists, and supporters is priority number one. In light of all this, it has become clear that putting on the festival in May is not currently possible,” said the DoLaB in a statement posted to their website.

Do LaB, the producers behind the Memorial Day Weekend event, says they’re currently working on the next steps over postponement, artist retainment, ticket refunds, and more. There’s many questions lingering in the air, which organizers say can be directed to their email: questions2020@lightninginabottle.org.

“Beyond losing the Memorial Day date for LIB 2020, we are unfortunately not able to provide further details on LIB’s future status at this time,” DoLaB continues. “The situation remains fluid and we are working through various scenarios to determine our options. The Do LaB is a small, family run business and we humbly ask for your patience as we determine our next steps.”

The Lightning in a Bottle lineup included Kaytranada, James Blake, Amon Tobin, Nina Kraviz, Justin Martin, and many more. Thus far, COVID-19 has halted several events across the globe, including Ultra Abu Dhabi, Ultra Miami, Tomorrowland Winter, SXSW, Winter Music Conference, BUKU, Coachella, Beyond Wonderland SoCal, Anjuna Elevations, and more.