New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2021 Canceled Due To COVID-19

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2021 Canceled Due To COVID-19

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has been called off for a second time.

On Sunday (Aug. 8), organizers of the annual Louisiana festival -- which was scheduled to require place over two weekends from Oct. 8-10 and Oct. 15-17 -- announced the event's cancellation, citing safety and health concerns associated with COVID-19.

"As a result of the present exponential growth of latest COVID cases in New Orleans and therefore the region and the ongoing public health emergency, we must sadly announce that the 2021 edition of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell, scheduled to require place October 8–17, 2021, won't occur as planned," the statement said.

Lizzo, Foo Fighters, Demi Lovato & More Lead 2021 New Orleans Jazz Fest Lineup

This year's Jazz Fest, which annually celebrates the culture and heritage of the latest Orleans and Louisiana alongside performances by national and international artists, boasted a lineup including Foo Fighters, Lizzo, Demi Lovato, H.E.R. and Brandi Carlile, among many others.

This isn't the primary time Jazz Fest has been impacted by COVID-19. The 2020 edition of the festival -- which traditionally takes place at the top of April and early May for eight days -- was also canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“We now anticipate to next spring, once we will present the festival during its traditional timeframe,” organizers said on Sunday, adding that next year’s dates are scheduled for April 29-May 8.

Ticketholders for both 2021 festival weekends will receive an email in the week with details about refunds and therefore the rollover process for next year, consistent with organizers. Tickets for Oct. 13 are going to be automatically refunded.

Jazz Fest may be a co‐production between AEG Presents and Festival Productions, Inc.‐New Orleans.

See the festival's full cancellation statement below.

— New Orleans JazzFest (@jazzfest) August 8, 2021

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