Music Fights Back canceled

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COVID-19 too much of a risk for June festival


By Correne Martin


The 2020 Music Fights Back Festival, June 26-27, has been canceled due to the evolving Coronavirus situation. 

President Jeremy Cuff made the decision March 12 to cancel the fest, along with the April 4 MFB Bowling Tournament.

“Our number one consideration is safety and keeping people healthy,” Cuff stated. “Many of the people who come to our festival are already immune-compromised. We don’t know enough about what this is. I’m afraid we haven’t even scratched the surface.”

He noted, the second part of choosing to forego the rock festival was a business decision. 

“Just this (Coronavirus) scare alone is gonna drop our ticket sales,” he said. “Then, say a band gets to the airport and they can’t come, we have to help take care of that.” 

Cuff said, as he’s worked to book 2020 bands in the months prior when the virus was not yet a worldwide pandemic, he already noticed hesitance from certain agents. Ultimately, the financial risk of signing bands, agreeing to a contract, and then the festival not happening was just too much for Music Fights Back.

“If we risked everything and it went sour, we’d never be able to recover,” Cuff remarked. “Last year, we dodged a bullet with the floods. We just missed being affected by a few days. This is an inconvenience, but we’ll get through it. It’s time to focus less on this and more on coming together as a community.”

Not literally, though.

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers directed the Department of Health Services, Tuesday, to prohibit mass gatherings of 10 or more people, to help mitigate the virus’ spread. It is unknown how long these orders may last.

Cuff added that concerts across the country and the globe are also being canceled at a historic pace. When they start back up again, he said Music Fights Back would hardly be able to compete with the bigger venues when attracting musical acts.

With the decision made, Cuff said, it’s time to begin working on the 2021 festival.

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