Organisers for New York’s Governors Ball have announced that this year’s festival will be cancelled, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Originally scheduled for 5 June – 7 June, Governors Ball 2020 offered an impressive line-up of talent, including Tame Impala, Missy Elliot, Stevie Nicks, Vampire Weekend, Solange and Carly Rae Jepsen. Per the festival’s website, ticket holders for what would have been the ninth annual festival can request a refund or transfer their tickets for Governors Ball 2021.
In a statement on the festival’s website, organisers wrote, “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.”
They continued, “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”, they added. “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.”
Today’s announcement from Governors Ball is the latest in a series of postponements or cancellations in light of the coronavirus pandemic – all of which have left the music community reeling. A variety of major events, including Glastonbury, Austin’s SXSW conference, Miami’s Ultra Music Festival and the Firefly Music Festival were cancelled altogether, while other festivals like Coachella, Bonnaroo and Dreamville have been postponed until later in the year.
For more information on Governors Ball, visit their website.