Governors Ball 2020 has been canceled. “It is with a heavy heart that we must announce the cancellation of Governors Ball 2020 due to COVID-19,” a statement from the organizers reads. “Simply put—due to current government mandates and the evolving situation in NYC, it is neither safe nor prudent to move forward with our June dates. The well-being of our fans, artists, staff, vendors, partners, and the surrounding NYC community is always our #1 priority.” The fest will return in 2021.
The annual New York City festival was scheduled to take place June 5–7, 2020. Among the artists that were slated to perform were Vampire Weekend, Tame Impala, Stevie Nicks, Missy Elliott, Solange, Miley Cyrus, and Carly Rae Jepsen. All ticketholders can request refunds or ticket transfers for the 2021 festival. Find the full statement from organizers below.
Gov Ball is the latest major festival to announce it is canceling or postponing its 2020 event due to the pandemic. Other notable fests that have been called off include Glastonbury, Ultra Music Festival, and Firefly Music Festival. In addition, this year’s Coachella has been rescheduled to October.
Read “How Livestreaming Is Bridging the Gap Between Bands and Fans During the Coronavirus Outbreak.” Pitchfork is also keeping an updated list of canceled concerts, tours, and festivals.
Team Gov Ball:
It is with a heavy heart that we must announce the cancellation of
Governors Ball 2020 due to COVID-19.
Simply put – due to current government mandates and the evolving
situation in NYC, it is neither safe nor prudent to move forward with
our June dates. The well-being of our fans, artists, staff, vendors,
partners, and the surrounding NYC community is always our #1 priority.
Over the past few weeks, we have gone to great lengths to find a
postponement date that works for all parties involved. Due to a myriad
of planning and logistical issues, we have come to the conclusion that
there are no sufficient options available to us. We are pushing ahead,
and are already jumping into plans for 2021.
These are crazy and unprecedented times, but New Yorkers are no
strangers to challenges. As a city and a community, we will all get
through this. New York always does. Now is the time to be smart, look
out for one another, and do our part to help the city and the world.
We encourage everyone to listen to health officials, be safe, and be
excited for the future when we are all on the other side of this.
We send all of you our love and support, and we will see you in June