When will live music festivals return? Some say not until 2022

When will live music festivals return? Some say not until 2022

Spring, summer and fall usually mean music festivals like Lollapalooza, Coachella and Bonnaroo, but big concert weekends have either been canceled or postponed for 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

But when will music fans be able to gather again in massive groups to enjoy days and nights of their favorite music?

One of the co-founders of Lollapalooza said it may be two years from now.

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Marc Geiger said that live music will return in 2022, once the coronavirus pandemic is under control, NME reported.

Geiger made the comments during an interview for the Bob Lefsetz Podcast.

“It’s going to take that long before, what I call, the germaphobic economy is slowly killed off and replaced by the claustrophobia economy -- that’s when people want to get out and go to dinner and have their lives, to festivals and shows.

“It’s my instinct, that’s going to take a while because super-spreader events ― sports, shows, festivals ... aren’t going to do too well when the virus is present,” Geiger said, according to NME.

Lollapalooza was scheduled to happen July 30 through Aug. 2 in Chicago’s Grant Park, according to Billboard. Instead, it will move to a virtual experience that same weekend called Lolla2020 that will show archive performances from past events, including never-before-seen footage from the 1990s. Click here for the latest information.

Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival was planned to take place in Manchester, Tennessee, Sept. 24 to 27. But it also has been canceled, with the next festival scheduled for June 17-20, 2021. Organizers are also planning a virtual event for Bonnaroo’s original weekend. Details have yet to be released. For the latest, click here.

Coachella and Stagecoach 2020 which were scheduled to happen over two weekends in October, have also been canceled and plan to return in April.