Has COVID-19 canceled music festival season?

It’s an interesting phase for music festivals. Starting in early March and running through October, all-day outdoor concerts continue to multiply in spite of international health concerns about COVID-19, a virus with over 100,000 confirmed cases. Will the season start to see a rise in the fall with rescheduled events or will these festivals pause until 2021? Only time will tell.


South by Southwest canceled their 34th festival in Austin, Texas after Apple, Facebook, Twitter and TikTok withdrew their participation. SXSW was scheduled for March 13-22. Organizers explained they did not have insurance and that a large amount of their staff has been let go. There are no plans to reschedule.

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California has been rescheduled for October 9 to 11 and Oct. 16 to 18. All tickets will be honored. Frank Ocean, Travis Scott and Rage Against the Machine are among the headlining acts.

Treefort Music Fest in Boise, Idaho has been postponed to September 23-27, 2020.

Burgerama cancelled their psych punk showcase at The Echoplex in Los Angeles, California on March 14.

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FYF, short for Fuck Yeah Fest, was canceled in 2017, but former organizers Goldenvoice have put Cruel World Music on the map. Blondie, Bauhaus, and Morrissey are set to headline the first year festival on May 2nd in Los Angeles, California.

Electric Daisy Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, runs Friday, May 15- Sunday, May 17 7:00pm–5:30am. There are no updates regarding cancellations or rescheduling, and the festival is sold out.

Bonnaroo in Manchester Tennessee is scheduled for July 11-14 and is sold out.

Pitchfork in Chicago, Illinois is scheduled for July 17-19, 2020 and will be showcasing Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Angel Olsen, Waxahatchee, Danny Brown, Thundercat, Cat Power, The National, Big Thief, Kim Gordon, and Yaeji.

Waterfront Blues Festival‘s website is unresponsive, but the festival is scheduled for July 2-5 in Portland, Oregon.

Lollapalooza in Chicago, Illinois is scheduled for July 30-August 2.

Pickathon‘s has shared their plans for a new experience, weekly artist, and lineup announcements. The festival is set for July 20-August 2 in Happy Valley, Oregon.

Hard Summer‘s website is down but is scheduled for August 1-2.

The Gathering of the Juggalos is on schedule for August 5-8 in Garretsville, Ohio.

LEVITATION returns to downtown Austin, Texas on October 22-25, 2020 for another 4 day weekend of music and art.

Sasquatch, which held its last year in 2018, does not have any plans to host a 2020 festival.


This page will be updated with the latest news on music festival cancellations. If you plan on attending any festivals, take extra precaution and protect yourself by bringing soap, hand sanitizers, tissues, and disposable face masks. If the festival does not have any information regarding their plan of action around COVID-19, it’s best to get in touch with the organizers prior to the event.