The Town of Carrboro has announced the cancellation of the 2021 Carrboro Music Festival. The festival was scheduled for September 25-26 at venues throughout downtown Carrboro.
When planning for the event began earlier this year, organizers had hoped the newly-available vaccines would move the town in the direction of being able to offer its traditional event that has featured 150-200 acts at more than 20 venues, and drawn thousands of people into the downtown area for a full day of live music.
However, the Delta variant of Covid has created a much different situation.
"At this time, all of our surrounding counties are now classified as either ‘Very High Risk’ or ‘Extremely High Risk’ of transmission to unvaccinated community members, so the idea of bringing in potentially a couple of thousand festival attendees is of concern, especially for our community members who are immunocompromised or unable to be vaccinated," read the statement released today.
Uncertainty surrounding the pandemic caused some of the festival's regular participating venues to permanently shut down since the previous in-person festival. While new locations had been added for this year's event, some of the longtime favorite outdoor spots were not available.
Organizers had been communicating with its performers, and stressed their safety was paramount, and crowded performances — particularly within indoor venues — was a concern. Locally and regionally, festivals and other events have been either cancelled or greatly reduced in scale in recent weeks. The Town of Carrboro said its goal for this year has been to try and offer a festival that continues to offer a wide-variety of music and accommodates as many of the performers who applied as possible.
"While we were hopeful and very excited for the opportunity to return with our traditional event, our number one priority is the safety of our performers, our volunteers, the staff of our participating venues, and the overall community," the release stated.