As the entertainment industry is on pause, though gradually beginning to start up again while the world battles the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, SunFest officials announced today that they would not move forward with a reimagined event tentatively set for April 30 – May 2, 2021.
The nonprofit festival, which has helped fans celebrate music and art for almost 40 years, was canceled in 2020 in light of the pandemic. The new dates are from Thursday, April 28 to Sunday, 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. And 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.”
The organizers look forward to seeing everyone on the waterfront again in 2022. Fans who purchased a ticket for 2020 will now have an extra incentive to continue to roll over the same ticket to 2022. “We want to say thank you to our fans for their loyalty and we are offering a ‘share SunFest with a friend’ ticket option – those who are holding onto a ticket from 2020 can now bring one friend to SunFest 2022 on us,” said Jamieson.
Globally, there are over 40 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus, identified as COVID-19. In the United States, that number has risen to over 8.3 million. In an effort to prevent spreading the virus, many concerts, festivals, film, and TV shoots, and other events have been canceled, rescheduled, or modified.
SunFest is one of the major events to cancel in South Florida due to the coronavirus but not the only one. Ultra Music Festival has also canceled this year as the conditions created by the spread of COVID-19 that led city officials to cancel the festival in 2020 are still a threat to festival goers in 2021.
SunFest Music Festival postponed for April 2022