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Governors Ball Announces 2021 Dates That Are 'More Realistic'

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Governors Ball

New York's Governors Ball festival has announced that it will return later this year after having to postpone its 2020 dates due to the pandemic. The 2021 edition of the Randall's Island festival is scheduled to take place from Sept. 24-26.

"We’ve decided to move the 2021 show to a time of year that is both more realistic and safer for all," said festival producer Founders Entertainment in a release. "And while there are still question marks and unknowns in the World, rest assured that we are working closely with City and State authorities to ensure that the next Gov Ball will be a safe and amazing experience."

The 10th edition of Governors Ball was set to take place in June of 2020, but organizers were forced to cancel the event in March when New York City was devastated by COVID-19. Acts scheduled to play the 2020 edition included Tame Impala, Stevie Nicks, Missy Elliott, Solange, Flume, Vampire Weekend and more.

The lineup for 2021 will be brand new, according to the festival's FAQ page. The event plans to reveal its artist roster in the coming months. In the meantime, the festival says it can not guarantee an event in 2021, but is doing everything in its power to make it happen with the help of local agencies.

"Given that vaccines are rolling out and many experts predict a return to live music events in the fall, we are hopeful," says the festival's website. "We’re booking an amazing lineup and making sure all suggested safety protocols are followed. Rest assured that safety is our first priority and we are working closely with all city and state authorities on everything."

The festival explains that safety guidelines for the September shows will be detailed closer to the event and refunds will be available if the festival is unable to go forward. Fans with 2020 passes can use them for the 2021 dates or seek a refund.

Founders Entertainment says the festival plans to return to its regular June dates in 2022.

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