Governors Ball 2020 has officially been cancelled due to the growing precautions surrounding music festivals and the Coronavirus pandemic. The annual New York City event joins a growing number of other festivals, tours and events either rescheduled or canceled at the suggestion of the World Health Organization.
The original Gov Ball lineup was set to feature headlining performances from Tame Impala, Flume, Vampire Weekend, Missy Elliott and Solange. Those who purchased tickers can apply for a refund or transfer this year’s tickets to Governors Ball 2021.
While the move to protect staff, musicians and ultimately the thousands of people who would be in attendance isn’t surprising, the fact that the concert series was cancelled with over two months to go until it was slated to take place reflects just how far reaching COVID-19’s effect on the music industry has been and will be. Governors Ball 2020’s festival planners Founder Entertainment released the following statement:
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 2021.
– Team Gov Ball
More details regarding the statement below. In more music updates, SiR returned with a new music video for his hit “You Can’t Save Me”.
— The Governors Ball (@GovBallNYC) March 26, 2020