Telluride Bluegrass Festival, originally set to June 18-21, has been cancelled due to coronavirus concerns.

Festival organizers Planet Bluegrass released a lengthy statement regarding the cancellation.

“This is the easiest and most difficult decision that Planet Bluegrass has ever made; and, just when we had summoned the courage to finally announce to the world, John Prine passed,” the organizers wrote.

“It is a devastating realization that the very reason for the existence of Planet Bluegrass is unsafe to festivarians at this time. And far more devastating for the artists to feel the very purpose of their soul should not be expressed, at a time it’s needed most,” the statement continued. “We know the word has leaked out and apologize we haven’t had a public announcement while we’ve scurried to have personal conversations with ‘the family.’ It’s a big family, and the conversations are tender.”

“We will be contacting all ticket holders directly and offering full refunds. Please look for an email in the coming week,” the statement concluded.

Read the full statement below.

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“There is nothing I hate more than canceling shows.” – John PrineWe are finally able to inform Festivarian Nation…

Posted by Planet Bluegrass on Thursday, April 9, 2020