Franklin, TN-based Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival has become the latest casualty of the Covid-19 crisis. Organizers released a statement Tuesday morning announcing that the 2020 event, scheduled for Sept. 26-27 has officially been canceled. “While we are as disappointed as you are, rest assured we will be back in 2021 ready to deliver a festival that celebrates the healing power of music,” they said.
Pilgrimage is just the latest roots music event to pack it in for this year, with no clear way to abide by the social distancing policies health experts say will be necessary for the foreseeable future. FloydFest and Red Wing Roots festival, both in Virginia, announced their cancelation over the past couple of weeks. Bonnaroo previously announced it was postponing until the very weekend Pilgrimage was set for, and is still on the calendar for now. The Fall festivals and conventions of the Americana Muisc Association and the International Bluegrass Music Association (in Raleigh, NC) are still a go, but organizers say they’ll be forced to make a final call in the coming weeks.