Which Music Festivals Are Still a Go In 2020?
The coronavirus pandemic has caused the cancelation of many music festivals for 2020. These include the Governors Ball, Boston Calling, Sonic Temple, Glastonbury, and SXSW festivals. Many smaller festivals like the 4 Peaks, Pleasantville, and Boise Music Festival have also been canceled.
But the good news is that there are many music festivals that will still take place, albeit at different times. Some festivals are still scheduled for their current dates. But it is unknown if the artists originally scheduled for these events will return, especially as many have other postponed dates that they might want to make up.
Note: This report is accurate as of April 8, 2020. Check the official websites of these festivals to see if the dates are still intact.
Coachella – October 9-11 and 16-18
Travis Scott, Frank Ocean, and the recently reunited Rage Against the Machine will headline this festival. The event occurs over two weekends in Indio, California.
Stagecoach – October 23-35
The other popular Indio-based event, this country festival will feature Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, and Thomas Rhett.
Bonnaroo – September 24-27
The Tennessee-based festival was going to feature Tool, Lizzo, Run the Jewels, Tame Impala, and the 1975. Whether these artists will return is unclear.
Lollapalooza – July 30-August 2
The official lineup for the Chicago-based music festival has yet to be announced. The Chicago version of Lollapalooza is the largest of Perry Ferrell’s festivals. The Argentina and Chile versions have been postponed.
Dreamville – August 29
- Cole’s hip-hop festival in Raleigh was to occur in April. The festival features many artists on the Dreamville label.
Essence Festival – Fall
The specific fall date for this New Orleans festival is unknown. It was originally to occur on July 1-5. Bruno Mars is the main headliner.
Shaky Knees – October 16-18
Atlanta’s Shaky Knees festival will feature the Black Keys, the Smashing Pumpkins, and the Strokes. The event was originally scheduled for May.
Blue Ox Music Festival – August 27-29
The bluegrass music event in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, is one of the largest bluegrass festivals in the world. The festival operators are not making any promises that any of the original artists will return.
New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival – Fall
The specific fall dates for the festival are unknown. The Who, Foo Fighters, Dead and Company, Stevie Nicks, Elvis Costello, Wu-Tang Clan, and the Beach Boys were slated to perform. Whether they will return is unclear.
Riot Fest – September 11-13
Riot Fest is still going to occur in September in Chicago. My Chemical Romance will bring their reunion tour to the festival. The rest of the lineup is unknown.
Academy of Country Music Awards Ceremony – September
The specific date in September for the ACM event is unknown at this point. The event will occur at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction – November 7
The celebration in the Hall of Fame’s home city of Cleveland was to occur in May. This year’s inductees include Whitney Houston, Nine Inch Nails, T. Rex, the Doobie Brothers, the Notorious B.I.G., and Depeche Mode.