St. Pete’s annual reggae festival is the latest live music event to get pushed back due to the coronavirus — again.
Reggae Rise Up Florida was originally scheduled to take place at Vinoy Park from March 20-22 but was pushed to Oct. 2-4 “in the best interest of public health and safety.” The festival said it would not issue refunds.
Event organizers took to Instagram Friday morning to announce that the festival is now scheduled for March 2021.
“There is nothing we want more than for the music to return,” the post said. “Unfortunately, we have to postpone this year’s festival until the weekend of March 18th-21st, 2021 as there is just no way to bring everyone together responsibly at this time.”
Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Slightly Stoopid and Dirty Heads will still headline the event. Other bands on the bill include Fortunate Youth, Matisyahu, Protoje, Ballyhoo!, Collie Buddz, Hirie, the Expendables, the Movement, Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime, Katastro, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad and Groundation.
To make up for a second postponement, Reggae Rise Up Florida will add an extra night to the 2021 festival.
“We understand the frustration that some of our fans may be experiencing and, as a gesture of our deepest appreciation for your loyalty, we will be adding a fourth night to the festival free-of-charge to ALL existing ticket holders that will feature some of our scene’s favorite headlining acts,” the post said.
Valid 2020 event tickets will be honored at Reggae Rise Up Florida 2021. Ticket holders will receive more information via email soon, the post said.