Punk Rock Bowling Cancels Its Fall Dates, Is Coachella Next?
Early March the Las Vegas festival Punk Rock Bowling announced on social media that they had to postpone the annual event which is usually held during Memorial-Day weekend:
‘We started out optimistic, but it is with great sadness that due to the recommendations by the CDC, WHO, and local, county, and state authorities regarding the coronavirus pandemic, and with an abundance of caution for the health and welfare of everyone attending Punk Rock Bowling, we regretfully report that we are postponing the event effective immediately.
We know this comes as a disappointment, and we share that frustration with you. However, this virus loves a crowd, and we cannot put our community at risk, we must look out for each other now more than ever.
Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival 2020 is rescheduled for this Fall (dates TBA), and we are anticipating that most of the bands currently set to play will be there.
All Festival tickets and bowling teams will be honored for the new dates in the Fall. PURCHASERS WILL BE NOTIFIED by Friday, March 27 on how to obtain a full refund if they are unable to attend.
All hotel rooms purchased through PRB and club shows purchased through SeeTickets will be refunded back to the credit card used to make the purchase over the next 30 days (due do the overwhelming rate of show cancellations across the globe). We will continue to post updates and more information as things progress via PRB Social Media and our website.’
Little we knew that they were way too optimistic by announcing a potential fall date! Yesterday, they added a new update, and this time they have announced that the festival is entirely canceled for this year. They are saying they will keep this same lineup for May 2021, in the hope that most people will not be asking for a refund and keep their tickets for next year:
‘After much deliberation, we are sorry to inform everyone that we have had to make the difficult decision that we will be postponing Punk Rock Bowling until 2021. The current coronavirus pandemics rapid acceleration is a clear and ongoing threat to everyone and we feel it’s in the best interest of the fans, bands and all our wonderful staff and partners that we not risk anyone’s health.
Over the last 6 months, we put our heart and soul into making the festival the best PRB to date. Unfortunately with travel up in the air, work visas for bands hard to obtain as government offices are barely functioning and a precarious economy, we couldn’t in good conscience ask everyone to plan for a great weekend in Vegas with the possibility that we would be told 2 months out that it will not happen AGAIN. The world needs to plow through this pandemic and take some time to heal and we want to give everyone that time and not promote false hope. And, as much as we like to gamble, we aren’t willing to gamble on the lives of our friends and family.
Believe us when we say we are absolutely gutted that we have to announce this. We apologize from the bottom of our broken hearts.
On a positive note, we have already reached out to many of the bands that were set to play PRB 2020 and have them locked in for 2021!
We want to be as fair and as transparent as possible because we are all in this together, so here are your options as a ticket holder:
NEW DATES: MAY 28-31, 2021
Your Festival Tickets will automatically be valid for PRB 2021!
If you choose to keep your VIP & 3 Day Passes (that came w/ access codes), they will be valid for PRB 2021 After Party pre-sale!
Avoid possible ticket price increases!
If for any reason you cannot make PRB 2021, an email is being sent to ticket holders w/ info for a full refund. (Refunds must be requested by May 1, 2020)
Thank you for your continued patience and support as we try to navigate through these difficult times.
We hope you are all safe and stay healthy. We’ll see you all in Las Vegas next year! -Stern Bros. and the PRB crew! #punkrockbowling2021’
It’s the sad reality, all festivals will probably be canceled this year, and I am anticipating the same announcement from Goldenvoice regarding Coachella, which is still rescheduled for this fall so far.
Plenty of other concerts have either been rescheduled at a later date (usually September or October) or not canceled yet. What are the promoters waiting for? Why aren’t they announcing that these concerts will not be happening? Probably because they cannot afford to refund all the tickets right now, Hundreds of major events have been canceled or will be canceled, and when all these ticket holders are gonna ask for a refund, it will be panic time for all these promoters.