Important Notice!

Our 19th Edition Festival will not take place June 19-27 due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. We are working to reschedule the festival for fall 2020. Stay tuned!

FAQs on our 19th Edition and the Coronavirus

March 17, 2020

All Festival Updates Related to the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic Will Be Posted to this Page 

Updated April 2, 2020

In the past two weeks since we announced our 2020 festival lineup, our world has been turned upside down. The health crisis we are experiencing has resulted in significant loss of life and illness, growing fear, and unprecedented disruption in all aspects of our lives.
 
During this time we have been communicating around the clock with artists and other festivals around the world, as we are all in similar circumstances, trying to determine what we can and cannot do.
 
Most importantly, we have been closely communicating with the City of Rochester and Monroe County and its Department of Public Health. It is with a very heavy heart that we announce today that we must cancel our 19th edition festival for June 19-27. This is a matter of public safety. We need to do our part to help limit the spread of COVID-19 and keep our community safe.
 
We are however doing everything in our power to reschedule the festival and present it this fall. That is our objective at this time. We are in communication with all venues. We will be offering all artists in our headliner, club pass and free show series a new slot on our schedule. Artists are anxious to work and perform. This is their life and mission as it is ours. So, during the next few weeks, we will be working hard to rearrange this schedule.
 
We cannot tell you how devastated we are to have to do this – emotionally, spiritually and artistically – especially at a time when we need music the most.
 
Although the music is not going to play June 19-27, we are going to do everything in our power to make it play this fall.
 
As we have been doing throughout this difficult time, we will continue to communicate with you and keep you informed of our progress. We thank you for your support, patience and understanding.
 
Please stay safe and healthy.
 
Marc Iacona and John Nugent

What are your plans now for the 2020 festival?

We are doing everything in our power to reschedule the festival and present it this fall. That is our objective at this time. We are in communication with all venues. We will be offering all artists in our headliner, club pass and free show series a new slot on our schedule. Artists are anxious to work and perform. This is their life and mission as it is ours. So, during the next few weeks, we will be working hard to rearrange this schedule.
 
Although the music is not going to play June 19-27, we are going to do everything in our power to make it play this fall.

Will you issue refunds for tickets purchased if the festival is canceled?

Our plans now are to present the festival at new date this fall. We will provide any updates as soon as we have them. 

What steps are you planning to take during the festival to protect people’s health?

We will closely consult with health and government officials and follow their recommendations to assure that we are making plans that are in the best interest of our patrons. We will work with all venues to assure best public health practices during the festival including having hand sanitizer at each venue, training for staff and volunteers, and whatever additional measures are recommended by the Monroe County Health Department and CDC.

What if any of the venues are not open due to the owners’ decisions?

We are working with all venues to reshcedule. We will continue to evaluate the situation and make decisions accordingly. 

What can I do now to help control the spread of the virus?

Be safe, follow the CDC guidelines, care for one another as best as you can and let’s work to win the battle to contain Covid 19.

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