JazzFest: New Orleans festival cancelled again owing to Covid-19

The event, traditionally held in spring, had been rearranged to run in October but is now cancelled until April 2022

Blues guitarists Paul "Lil' Buck" Sinegal and Rudy Richards perform at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana April 27, 2007. Reuters
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With new Covid-19 cases surging in Louisiana, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival won’t be returning in 2021 after all, organisers said on Sunday.

The festival, which is traditionally held in the spring, had been scheduled to run from October 8 to 10 and October 15 to 17 this year after being cancelled last year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

But organisers cited “current exponential growth” of new Covid-19 cases in the city and region, as well as an ongoing public health emergency, in announcing that the festival will not occur as planned.

“We now look forward to next spring, when we will present the festival during its traditional time frame,” organisers said in a news release. Next year’s dates are April 29 to May 8.

Ticket holders for both festival weekends will receive an email this week with details about the refund and rollover process, the release says. All tickets for Wednesday, October 13, will be automatically refunded.

JazzFest celebrates the indigenous music and culture of New Orleans and Louisiana. The music encompasses nearly every style imaginable: blues, R&B, gospel, Cajun, zydeco, Afro-Caribbean, folk, Latin, rock, rap, contemporary and traditional jazz, country, bluegrass and everything in between. It’s held at the Fair Grounds Race Course, where several stages are erected for fans to gather in and around.

Updated: August 09, 2021, 9:08 AM