Less than three months ago, organizers of Tampa’s Sunset Music Festival proclaimed their event was “100% a go” for Memorial Day weekend.
On Friday, it was postponed for the second time — this time, all the way until December.
The massive electronic dance music festival, which had previously been postponed until July 3-4, has been pushed to Dec. 26-27 and rechristened “Sunset 2.0: The Gift Edition.”
“We knew it was a longshot AND we really wanted us all to be together — but the window has closed on the ability to put on a safe festival on the Fourth of July weekend,” organizers said in a statement late Friday. “We acknowledge this is not what any of us wanted to hear, but we need to take all necessary precautions under these unprecedented times. We love you and we cannot wait to get back to the party.”
Existing tickets will automatically be good for the December event. Fans can request a refund up until Nov. 22. If they choose to keep their ticket, they’ll receive $50 in credit for food, drinks and merch, and the right to be among the first to buy tickets for Sunset ’21.
This isn’t the first time Sunset has experimented with a large-scale music event over the holidays. Back in 2013, organzers brought Deadmau5 to Raymond James Stadium as another “Gift” concert for fans.
The lineup this year will change, organizes said on their website. Headliners had been planned to include Rezz, Seven Lions, NGHTMRE, Slander and more.