Newport Folk And Jazz Festivals Canceled Due To Coronavirus

On Wednesday, two storied, sibling American music festivals — the Newport Folk Festival and the Newport Jazz Festival — announced that they are being canceled for 2020, due to coronavirus concerns. Each event is scheduled to return in the summer of 2021. In a set of nearly twin messages, the executive director of the Newport Festivals Foundation, Jay Sweet, announced the cancellations. In a press release , Sweet said that “together with our local leaders and [Rhode Island] governor Gina Raimondo, we have concluded that at this time we risk too much in having a gathering of our size. ” Currently, all gatherings of more than five people are banned across the state. As of now, there is a stay-at-home order in place until May 8. For both festivals, Sweet says, all artists who were invited to perform in 2020 have already been invited for the 2021 editions. He also promised that “we will all commune one way or another on our festival weekend[s].” Both editions of Newport are among the most


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