Reggae Sumfest 2020 cancelled
File photo of patrons at Reggae Sumfest in 2018.
The 2020 Reggae Sumfest, which was scheduled for mid-July, has been officially cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Joe Bogdanovich, Chairman and CEO of DownSound Entertainment, promoters of the annual festival, confirmed the cancellation on Monday.
“In consultation with the Office of the Prime Minister and the Ministries of Health, Tourism and Entertainment, we must sadly confirm the rescheduling of Reggae Sumfest 2020 to July 18th - 24th, 2021," Bogdanovich said in a news release.
"While we hope and expect COVID-19 to be contained with the public’s continued cooperation, we take the safety and health of our guests, staff and community very seriously. We urge everyone to follow the guidelines and protocols put forth by the Ministry of Health and your local public health officials," he said.
Bogdanovich advised that patrons have 30 days (until May 27, 2020) to request a refund for existing online tickets. They can request this via the event's Eventbrite page where they were purchased. Otherwise tickets will be valid for redemption at Reggae Sumfest 2021, he said.
The release added that Reggae Sumfest will continue its food distribution programme to help the farmers and the needy in society, noting that other Reggae Sumfest 2020 initiatives to be released soon.
“Reggae Sumfest will continue to focus on its mission, to celebrate Jamaica’s music and culture through every channel available,” said Bogdanovich.