VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Something in the Water 2020 won't be happening this coming April.
The festival posted on Twitter that it will be postponed to 2021.
The festival was set to happen from April 20 to April 26 and would have featured dozens of performers, including Tyler, the Creator, Foo Fighters and Chance the Rapper.
Now it will be scheduled for April 23-25, 2021. All tickets purchased for 2020 will be honored for next year's festival.
If you can't attend next year's festival, you will be able to get a refund.
Oceanfront businesses tell us the festival kicked off the summer season last year and they are disappointed.
"One of the entranceways is right here to the side of us," said Jumpin' Shrimp General Manager Rhonda Jackson. "That is where they would enter and get their wrist bands, so it was going to be a really big event for us. "
"Whatever the leaders decide at this time is what we're are going to have to accept, move on and adapt," said Waterman's Surfside Grille Owner Mike Standing.
At the beginning of March, during a time when there were no confirmed coronavirus cases in Virginia, festival organizers said the event was still on. They posted a notice on their website saying the festival would proceed as planned.
Since that notice was posted on March 5, the number of COVID-19 cases in Virginia has risen to 30 as of Friday, March 13.
Before the postponement, Virginia Beach city officials said they kept a close watch on the spread of the virus and would make adjustments if necessary. City leaders say they would evaluate size and venue, age and travel plans of participants, and degree of in-person contact before deciding to cancel any events out of precaution.
Other major music and film festivals around the country have either been canceled or postponed over COVID-19. SXSW (South by Southwest) in Austin was canceled after sponsors pulled out over coronavirus concerns.
Both Coachella and Stagecoach were postponed until October.