Sunday 5 April, 2020

Vujaday Music Festival 2020 in Barbados postponed due to COVID-19

The Vujayday Music Festival will now be held in November 2020.

On Instagram, the announcement was made to allow persons travelling to Barbados to patronise and enjoy the Festival to change plans and access refunds where possible.

The decision was not made by the organiser in a vacuum but in consultation with local authorities.

The Instagram post said that the stance taken by the Festival host was not taken lightly either, but it factored in that despite Barbados being free of confirmed COVID-19 cases, travel is not a guarantee for visiting patrons as flights are being grounded with airport closures, lockdowns and border control being enhanced in many locations in an effort to control, mitigate or prevent the spread of the disease.

'It is with a heavy heart that, after close consultations with the Barbados authorities, we are announcing the official postponement of the Vujaday Music Festival until November 2020.

'While this decision was not made lightly, it was made with the best interests of our fans, employees, artists and residents of Barbados in mind. Beyond the fact that global events have made travel from various countries difficult, if not impossible, governments from around the world have advised against mass gatherings of any kind at this time.

'We know many of you have deadlines to change travel arrangements and encourage all those who have booked travel to Barbados to contact their airlines, hotels and ground handlers to understand change rules and/or fees for future credit at this time and make your decision accordingly.'

 

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It is with a heavy heart that, after close consultations with the Barbados authorities, we are announcing the official postponement of the Vujaday Music Festival until November 2020. While this decision was not made lightly, it was made with the best interests of our fans, employees, artists and residents of Barbados in mind. Beyond the fact that global events have made travel from various countries difficult, if not impossible, governments from around the world have advised against mass gatherings of any kind at this time. We know many of you have deadlines to change travel arrangements and encourage all those who have booked travel to Barbados to contact their airlines, hotels and ground handlers to understand change rules and/or fees for future credit at this time and make your decision accordingly. While it is our desire to ensure the continuation of the festival later this year, the pace of global events makes it impossible to determine an exact date at this time. As the situation normalizes and timelines on travel restrictions become more clear, we will update you on further developments. All festival passes will be valid for the new dates and/or refunded once this determination is made. We sincerely appreciate the support of all those involved in the festival and look forward to welcoming you to Barbados for an even bigger & better Vujaday experience very soon!

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The Vujaday team also made sure to explain that November 2020 is not set in concrete as yet either, because the development or the disappearance of the coronavirus disease 2019 as a threat by that time is still unknown.

'While it is our desire to ensure the continuation of the festival later this year, the pace of global events makes it impossible to determine an exact date at this time. As the situation normalizes and timelines on travel restrictions become more clear, we will update you on further developments.

'All festival passes will be valid for the new dates and/or refunded once this determination is made.'

Fans welcoming November move

Responding to the announcement, one person said, "Good call."

And though many expressed some sadness at the news, some said that November may actually be better, with salicia.b writing, 'Great ! November is a way better month'

And lots of November borns were celebrating like ericmagliacane who wrote, 'actually it's a blessing in disguise! November is my birthday month and a way better time for me to come and to get a bigger crew to come with' and thedigitalbuddha added, 'Sorry to hear @vujadaymusicfestival but yes at this time it makes sense to postpone. This might just end up being my birthday pardy according to when in November tho'

Meanwhile, others also lauded the move, but asked about how the change will impact the line-up. One person said once a certain act appears, their attendance is confirmed. allhailmagnatron commented, 'As long as @diplo will still be there I will be there!' 

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