St. Petersburg’s Reggae Rise Up festival postponed due to coronavirus

There will be no refunds issued.
Dirty Heads were scheduled to perform at the 2020 Reggae Rise Up festival at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg.
Dirty Heads were scheduled to perform at the 2020 Reggae Rise Up festival at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg. [ Andreas Ramirez ]
Published March 12, 2020|Updated March 12, 2020

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With the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg deciding to bar fans from this weekend’s races downtown, it stands to reason the city’s next big event would follow suit.

The 2020 Reggae Rise Up festival, which was to bring Damian Marley, Dirty Heads and Slightly Stoopid to Vinoy Park March 20-22, has been postponed, according to a statement from organizers. It will now take place Oct. 2-4.

“Our team has been in close communication with the city of St. Petersburg and local public health officials and we have collectively decided that this postponement is in the best interest of public health and safety,” the statement read. “These are unprecedented circumstances and we must prioritize the health, safety and well-being of our community.”

The festival will apply all ticket purchases to the corresponding days of the rescheduled festival in October. There will be no refunds issued, which will no doubt raise some fans’ hackles.

“We understand how much of an inconvenience this may be for some,” the statement read.

For details on Reggae Rise Up, click here.

For the latest Tampa Bay concerts and events canceled by coronavirus concerns, click here.

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