If you were hoping to see Gang of Youths at the Ohana Festival in California in September, or the Neighbourhood Weekender in it’s time to practice patience. It’s still going to happen, but not for another year.
Organizers announced this week that the 2020 festival — originally scheduled the last weekend of September — is being postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. That should come as no surprise to anyone at this point. As the official announcement says,
“While this decision was not taken lightly, the health and safety of every individual in attendance will always be our top priority. Our audience, artists, community, and crew are what makes Ohana a one-of-a-kind event, especially in its idyllic setting. We must put safety first. So we thank you deeply and want to express our gratitude.”
What’s pretty remarkable is that they managed to get the entire 2020 lineup to commit to performing at next year’s event. And as best I can tell, everyone’s performing on the same day they were supposed to play this year.
So that means Gang of Youths is still on day two with Eddie Vedder as the headliner. But it’ll happen on September 25, 2021, instead of this September. If you have tickets for the 2020 festival, they’ll be honored for next year’s event.
Meanwhile, the same fate has befallen the UK’s Neighbourhood Weekender festival. Originally planned for last month, organizers postponed it to September … but have now also pushed it back to 2021.
Most of the artists booked this year are on the lineup for next May. In the case of GOY, they’ll play on day one, which is May 29, 2021.
That leaves New Jersey’s Sea.Hear.Now festival as the lone standout on GOY’s 2020 itinerary. Kinda shocked that it’s still scheduled for September 19-20, but if I were a ticket holder, I wouldn’t hold my breath that it actually happens.