Shaky Knees officially postponed due to coronavirus concern—UPDATE
Shaky Knees Festival has reportedly postponed the event according to the Hotels For Hope website amid the growing coronavirus concerns. Shaky Knees Festival has not yet made an official statement regarding the postponement.
Set for the first weekend in May, the Black Keys, the Smashing Pumpkins, Joan Jett, Angels & Airwaves were set to perform at the Atlanta festival. You can see a screenshot of the report below.
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Cinemas, festivals, tours, and more have been postponed, canceled or closed over the global concern. Shaky Knees Festival would join a long list of cancellations or postponements including Coachella, SXSW and Ultra Music Festival.
According to a statement made by President Donald Trump earlier this week, the coronavirus pandemic could stretch into August. This came after the CDC recommended events with more than 50 people scheduled over the next 8 weeks be postponed, which would fall at about May 10.
Trump also made public a set of guidelines to hopefully stop the spread of the virus urging people to stay home and restrict gatherings to no more than 10. This would affect a number of upcoming festivals including Sonic Temple Fest, Epicenter Fest, Punk Rock Bowling, and many more.
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The global pandemic has left festival operators such as Danny Wimmer Presents assessing whether their festivals will be canceled or move forward as planned. A statement posted from Wimmer’s team on March 16 says they are “assessing the situation very carefully.”
We know you are anxious for an update regarding the status of our May festivals: Epicenter, Welcome To Rockville and Sonic Temple. Information is changing incredibly fast and we are assessing the situation very carefully with health professionals and government officials. As soon as we have a definitive direction, we’ll be in touch and will be making an announcement here. Thank you for your patience in these uncertain times, stay tuned and stay safe.
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Despite the uncertainty currently lingering over the Danny Wimmer Presents festivals scheduled in May, judging by the amount of cancellations or postponements that have already occurred, it seems likely that these events may be cancelled or postponed as well.
UPDATE: MAR. 18, 2020, 11:15 A.M. ET
Shaky Knees Festival has officially postponed their May festival to October. The event posted a statement to their Instagram stating:
Shaky Knees Festival has been rescheduled for October 16-18, 2020, at Central Park in Atlanta, GA. Headliners the Black Keys, the Stokes, and the Smashing Pumpkins are confirmed to perform on the rescheduled dates, and we will provide an update about the full lineup as soon as possible.
In all instances, the health and safety of our fans, artists, staff, and community is number one priority and planned for accordingly.
Tickets will be honored for the new Shaky Knees weekend. Updates will be communicated via email, our website, and on our social accounts.
See a full list of tours, festivals, and events affected by the coronavirus pandemic here.