Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals Announce Cancellations

"This community is truly unlike any other in music, and I believe we can emerge from this adversity stronger and more connected than ever before"
Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals Announce Cancellations
Beloved Rhode Island festivals Newport Jazz and Newport Folk have been cancelled in accordance with state guidelines surrounding restrictions of large gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The festivals' executive producer Jay Sweet elaborated in the following heartfelt statement:

As devastating as it is to write these words, it's balanced with a renewed sense of, well, HOPE. It's Rhode Island's motto for good reason, and it's also the feeling our festival family, constantly exudes when we come together in good times and perhaps more importantly, in difficult times as well. This community is truly unlike any other in music, and I believe we can emerge from this adversity stronger and more connected than ever before.

Passes for this year's editions are fully refundable or can be deferred to 2021. Ticketholders may also choose to donate all or a portion of the time to support artists displaced by COVID-19. The foundation has launched a new fundraiser in support of their displaced artists called Newport Festivals Musician Relief Fund.

Newport Folk was scheduled to take place this year from July 31 to August 2, while Newport Jazz would have taken place from August 7 to 9, both at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, RI.

See the festivals' announcement below.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

This is the dreaded post I can't believe I have to write. I'm sure this comes as no surprise but in accordance with Governor Gina Raimondo's wishes and the safety of us all, both our festivals are officially canceled. As devastating as it is to write these words, it's balanced with a renewed sense of, well, HOPE. It's Rhode Island's motto for good reason, and it's also the feeling our festival family, constantly exudes when we come together in good times and perhaps more importantly, in difficult times as well. This community is truly unlike any other in music, and I believe we can emerge from this adversity stronger and more connected than ever before. Although we won't be able to gather at the Fort this summer, rest assured we have invited ALL the announced and "unannounced" artists to join us next year. In the meantime, we promise we will all commune one way or another on our festival weekend. Until then we have some secret surprises in store as well, so stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks. Stay Strong and Folk On. To read my entire letter, hit the link in bio.

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