New Orleans Jazz Fest 2021 Cancelled Due to Rise in Covid Cases

For the second year in a row the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has been officially cancelled. The annual festival had been scheduled for Oct. 8-10 and Oct. 15-17 after being cancelled in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Organizers have announced that next year’s festival will return to its traditional time slot, set to take place from April 29 to May 8.

Festival organizers posted a statement on the festival website stating the following:

This comes on the heels of an announcement by New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell that called for an indoor mask advisory. And last June Voodoo Music + Arts Experience announce that their October festival was cancelled for this year:

The annual Jazz Fest celebrates the historic African, Caribbean, and French culture of New Orleans and Louisiana. The first festival was held in 1970 and had continued to stage each year until 2020. The steady popularity of the festival continues to attract international artists and draws an annual attendance of over 450,000 festival-goers. The music represents nearly every genre imaginable: blues, R&B, gospel, Cajun, Zydeco, Afro-Caribbean, folk, Latin, rock, rap, contemporary and traditional jazz, country, bluegrass, and nearly everything in between.

It remains to be seen what will happen to French Quarter Fest September 30 РOctober 3 and Buku: Planet B October 22 & 23.


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