This spring, the Sunset Music Festival was one of Tampa’s last major concerts to throw in the towel due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In March, organizers of the gigantic electronic dance music festival said it was “100% a go.” Then it was pushed to Independence Day. Then December.
Now, as coronavirus cases surge in Florida and nationwide, it’s being pushed all the way to Memorial Day weekend: May 29 and 30, 2021. Which technically means Sunset 2020 is canceled.
“We feel this is the best decision for the health, safety, and welfare of our customers, artists, staff, and community,” festival organizers said in a statement.
Instead of calling it a cancellation, though, organizers on Wednesday treated the move more as a launch for 2021. Ticketholders for this year’s event may still use their passes next year; if they can’t make it, they’ll be emailed information about refunds by this weekend. For those who don’t have tickets, they’ll go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Thursday.
Along with the new dates, organizers dropped the first phase of a new lineup that looks a lot like the one for 2020: Rezz, Zomboy, Adventure Club, NGHTMRE, Seven Lions, Slander, Sullivan King, Valentino Khan, 12th Planet, Destructo and more.
For more information on the 2021 Sunset Music Festival, visit smftampa.com.