J Cole's Dreamville Festival 2020 canceled but fans say 'give us something at least', maybe a live stream?
The latest to join the list of canceled festivals during the Covid-19 pandemic is the J Cole's 2020 Dreamville Festival in Raleigh. The festival posted an announcement on social media and on their official site.
The statement opens with, “Dear Dreamville Family. After much deliberation and careful monitoring of the current situation, we have decided to cancel Dreamville Festival 2020." It continues, "Although we originally hoped it would be possible to bring you the festival this August, the ongoing uncertainty regarding the COVID-19 pandemic has made this timeline no longer possible. This decision has been extremely difficult to make, but the safety of our fans, artists, and staff is always our top priority, and nothing will ever take precedence over your well-being,” the statement added.
Ticket holders for the 2020 event, "including those that previously requested a refund," will automatically get their refunds on, or before May 22. "It will take 7-10 days for the funds to be returned to your original method of payment if you purchased your tickets through Front Gate Tickets," the statement said.
Concluding on a more personal note, the statement shared, "We understand that this is a difficult time for many and sincerely apologize to those who were waiting on their refund as we worked through unforeseen delays in processing due to the pandemic."
Dreamville Festival was originally scheduled to take place at Dorothea Dix Park, Raleigh on April 6, but was postponed until August in the wake of the coronavirus. It may be canceled for this year but fans can look forward to its scheduled return in 2021.
Twitter reactions were mixed: "Pain," expressed a fan in response to the news while another wrote, "Wow I’m sad." Among numerous sad gifs, fans said, "I understand, but I'm heartbroken" and "Trying to be understanding and get upset."
Numerous fans were understanding, but said that, once they see what the line-up was for the event, they "will be okay." One fan said, "@JColeNC. we’re already sick that the fest had to get canceled... Can we at least see what the lineup would’ve looked like? Give us something lol." Other fans were also requesting a live-stream of the show. "Can we get lives from people who were supposed to be performing pls that would be a blessing from the heavens above," said a fan.
Positive comments included, "I’m glad they canceled it officially lol. No way we would’ve gone if they held it" and "Appreciate y’all thinking of safety first and also canceling it now instead of last minute. Very responsible. Other festivals should take notes."