Wednesday, April 7, 2021
– The Newport Folk Festival is coming back this summer, but with a very different look thanks to Covid-19.
Instead of the typical three-day festival, Newport Folk will be presented as two three-day festivals from July 23-25 and 26-28 at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, R.I.
The Festival was canceled last year due to Covid-19. Tickets usually go on sale in January for the festival, but that has yet to happen for this year's version. No artists have been announced.
"Though Newport Folk...won't look exactly the same, we are thrilled to be bringing music and artists back to the Fort. Due to COVID-19 capacity modifications, Newport Folk will be extending its dates to present two unique 3-day events of surprise performances, storytelling, and workshops," a press release said.
"Due to modified capacities, we will be releasing access to this summer's events in phases. Be aware that we have not gone on sale with any tickets, so please do not purchase from any site posting them for sale. We will be communicating with our members in the coming weeks to share more details about how they can join us this summer and will be announcing ticketing options for non-members soon after that. Our goal is to keep our ecosystem going until we can gather our entire communities next summer," the press release said.
"We are working hand in hand with state and local government and various health officials to ensure that what we present will set a benchmark for safety and transparency through our protocols and communication. We will be sharing more details on what to expect to members and fans very soon."
The Newport Folk Fest organizers also run the Newport Jazz Fest, which also will be held this year - July 30-Aug. 1.
"The impact of last year's festival cancellations has been felt deeply throughout the community as Newport Festivals Foundation relies on the revenue it makes each year at the festivals in order to carry out its work. Thanks to the support of the Newport Folk and Jazz fans and donors, NFF has been able to continue to support music programs in our own backyard of Newport, R.I. and all across America. Since 2018, the Artist Gives initiative has provided over 100 grants to music education programs in over 30 states, including instruments for public schools, funding for music instruction workshops for veterans, Girls Rock Summer camps, after school music lessons for children with learning disabilities, and more."
The foundation established the Newport Festivals Musician Relief Fund (MRF) to provide financial relief to musicians experiencing a loss of income as a result of COVID-19. Resources from NFF and donations from individuals, foundations, and corporations have allowed the MRF to help more than 460 musicians over the last year.