New Orleans based music festival Voodoo Music + Art Experience has become yet another victim of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The event was set to take place from October 30-November 1, Halloween weekend, making it the farthest-out festival to cancel thus far.
As health experts warn that festivals may not return until 2021, more and more organizers seem to be taking this threat seriously and cutting losses before they begin. The mayor of New Orleans recently announced that no large gatherings are likely to take place in the city for the rest of the year, causing Voodoo to scrap 2020 entirely and move forward with 2021 dates (October 29-31). Over a dozen large-scale events have previously rescheduled to September and October dates, and the cancellation of Voodoo begs the question of whether or not those events will also end up forfeiting entirely.
“While we get to work planning our Halloween celebration for next year, we need you and your krewe to carry on the Voodoo spirit in your communities,” Voodoo wrote in their official statement. “Take care of yourself and each other and we’ll see you in City Park in 2021.”
Refunds and ticket transfers will be available for all passholders, and they’ve encouraged fans to hang on to tickets for 2021 with special festival bonuses for those who do.
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