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Rock Fest Postponed Until 2021 Amid Pandemic

organizers hope to book same bands for next year

V1 Staff, photos by Branden Nall

Rock Fest 2019
Rock Fest 2019

It looks like there is a force in the universe stronger than rock ’n’ roll: COVID-19. Explaining that “the deck is stacked against us,” organizers of Rock Fest announced Wednesday afternoon at that 2020 edition of the festival outside Cadott will be postposed until next year. Originally slated for this July 16-18, the new dates have been set as July 15-17, 2021.

“In working with local health officials, we were told that having a festival of our size in July is at too high of a risk due to COVID-19,” organizers said in a statemet shared on Facebook. “This is an unprededented situation that we have to take seriously. The health and safety of our fans and rock music community is and always will be our #1 concern!”

While organizers considered moving the festival to September, band availability issues made that impossible, they said. “We know this blows, but our hands are tied,” they wrote.

However, they intend to bring all the acts booked for 2020 back in 2021. In addition, all tickets and camping passes purchased for Rock Fest 2020 will roll over into 2021, so hang on!

Here’s the full announcement:

POSTPONEMENT STATEMENT

Rock Fest has brought rock legends to our little slice of heaven in Cadott for almost three decades. Like so many people, all we want is to get back to “Where We Just Rock”. The one thing we all need is our horns up at our second home in Cadott!

Our office has been working non-stop to pull this thing off in July 2020, but unfortunately the deck is stacked against us. With heavy hearts, we have some difficult news to share. We’re forced to postpone our originally scheduled dates of July 16-18, 2020 to July 15-17, 2021. In working with local health officials, we were told that having a festival of our size in July is at too high of a risk due to COVID-19. This is an unprecedented situation that we have to take seriously. The health and safety of our fans and rock music community is and always will be our #1 concern!

We know our fans haven’t stopped fighting since the start of this whole mess, so we haven’t either! Our staff has been working around the clock to move the 2020 festival to September 2020 instead of postponing to 2021. But due to band routing and availability in September we just can’t make the fall dates work either. We know this blows, but our hands are tied. Our fans mean the world to us, so this is a tough pill to swallow. Now for some good news: we’ve been talking with our 2020 headliners, and they’re working on their routing now for our July 2021 festival. The plan is to bring all 2020 acts back for 2021, as best we can. Watch for more info in the coming months as we work through lineup details. We’ll get through this together! Music heals, and the power of live music is so important. Now more than ever. We thank each and every one of you for your love and continued support of Rock Fest! There is no family like the “Rock Fest Family”!

TO OUR 2020 TICKET HOLDERS:

Don't worry, we got you. The tickets/campsites you purchased from us for Rock Fest 2020 will automatically roll over to the July 2021 festival dates. Please hang on to your 2020 tickets/camping passes because they will be good for July 15-17, 2021. If you are unable to attend the July 2021 dates, you can request a refund.

Every person that placed an order through the Rock Fest ticketing site will receive an email this week from support@rock-fest.com about the transfer/refund process.

Heads up that the Rock Fest office is made up of a very small staff. PLEASE be patient with us! THANK YOU for your understanding, your support and your patience as we all work through this B.S. together. Counting down the days til we reunite as a rock family for our 27th year on July 15-17, 2021!