MerleFest Announces New Dates For 2021 Festival
Organizers of the MerleFest music festival confirmed next year’s event will take place September 16 – 19, 2021. The move comes amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and the plan is for the festival to return to its traditional April weekend in 2022.
“We chose to announce this change now to give everyone an opportunity to put this on their calendar and to allow us time to secure all artists and contract the necessary support services,” explained Festival Director, Ted Hagaman in a statement. “Lineup information and other festival details will be coming soon.”
“After months of deliberation and extensive research with leading medical experts we feel it is in the best interest of our fans, artists, staff, college, and community to reschedule the 2021 festival to the fall,” added Hagaman. “We have a reputation for providing a quality, safe, and organized festival and feel this move is necessary to again deliver that type of event. We’d like to express appreciation to many for their ‘can do’ spirit in rearranging schedules and plans to accommodate this move. I’d especially like to thank the organizers of Carolina in the Fall for agreeing to forego their festival next year in order to support our festival. It truly is a team effort in our community.”
MerleFest 2020, which was originally scheduled for April 23 – 26, was canceled due to the pandemic.