Sunfest Announces Cancellation of 2021 Music Festival
South Florida’s largest waterfront music festival has shelved plans for a 2021 return. Sunfest announced on Wednesday that it will forgo the long-running event for the second year in a row. This comes just days after Ultra Music Festival announced it was cancelling their festival for 2021.
The announcement of the cancellation was also delivered with a formal date for next year’s event, scheduled for April 28 – May 1, 2022.
“While we knew that hosting a traditional SunFest would be challenging, we believed that the possible reward for our fans was worth the attempt,” said Paul Jamieson, SunFest executive director. “We were driven by the idea that our fans needed something to look forward to.”
“We have seen a growing uncertainty from artists about putting their fans into a large music festival setting. Unfortunately, this is the current state of the touring industry,” continued Jamieson. “Given this feedback, we have determined that we cannot go forward for 2021. SunFest without enough notable musical artists simply is not SunFest, and we believe we owe our fans more than that.”
Looking forward to 2022, Jamieson continued, “We share everyone’s disappointment, just as we share the concerns that so many people have expressed. We look forward to seeing everyone on the waterfront again in 2022.”
Sunfest had proposed a 2021 COVID-19 safe return to the streets of downtown West Palm Beach waterfront for April 29 – May 2, 2021. Last year, Sunfest ended a 38-year consecutive run of bringing some of the biggest names in music to West Palm Beach.
South Florida’s live music fans dealt with an unprecedented year that saw nearly every concert and music festival canceled once the COVID-19 pandemic raged in South Florida. With the early cancellation of these signature events, music-starved fans will anxiously wait for a return to normalcy once vaccines are readily available and venues can safely open up to fans. However, many still hold out hope that Rock the Ocean’s Tortuga Music Festival, scheduled for November 12-14 on Fort Lauderdale Beach, will rock out this year.