Great South Bay Music Festival postponed to 2022
The Great South Bay Music Festival has been postponed once again.
The festival at Shorefront Park in Patchogue was originally scheduled for July 16-19, 2020 before being moved to July 15-18 of this year due to the pandemic.
Festival founder and promoter Jim Faith told News 12 Tuesday that it has been pushed again to July 7-10, 2022 due to continued concerns.
"The disappointment that we feel losing it in 2020 and losing it again in 2021, it's maddening, really is," says Faith. "But health and safety is the most important thing, it has to be our top priority."
The festival usually draws up to 8,000 people and has been held with a general admission layout featuring three stages, craft vendors and a food court. Faith says that pre-pandemic setting makes it impossible to meet current social distancing guidelines.
"And a lot of our big headliners were canceling their tours for 2021 so we were losing our headliners," says Faith.
Michael Renert, of the band Gnarly Karma, says it's really sad because the band had been playing there since 2017.
Several other outdoor events will go on this summer with capacity limits, including summer concerts at Northwell Health Jones Beach Theater and the Bethpage Airshow. Medical experts advise attendees to exercise caution because COVID-19 and its variants are still public health threats.
Organizers are working on rebooking the same acts, including Third Eye Blind and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, for 2022.