The organizers of New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival announced late Tuesday afternoon that this year’s gathering would be postponed to the fall amid growing domestic concern over the spread of the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19.
A statement from the festival, formerly slated for April 23rd–May 3rd at the New Orleans Fairgrounds, said that the festival will now take place in the fall and that exact dates and details would soon follow. Organizers also assured fans that all tickets for the spring dates would be honored in the fall. The festival was set to host such headliners as The Who, Dead & Company, Stevie Nicks, Foo Fighters, Lizzo, and many, many more over the two-week span.
Jazz Fest joins a rapidly growing list of concerts, festivals, and entire tours that have postponed as a result of statewide bans on mass gatherings throughout the country. None of the previously-announced late night concerts set to occur during Jazz Fest have been postponed yet, but odds are good that announcements will be pouring in soon.
Read the entire postponement statement from New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest below. Stay tuned to the festival’s Facebook page for information regarding rescheduling and refunds.