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  • 2021 French Quarter Fest, Sept 30-Oct 3

    New dates officially announced for FQF.
    First in-person event I've put on my calendar for this year.
    https://www.nola.com/entertainment_l...m_campaign=snd

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    Even in the fall, French Quarter Festival will be different. The layout will be altered to some degree. Expect an abundance of hand-sanitizing stations and other concessions to U.S. Centers for Disease Control protocols and guidelines.

    But it should more or less resemble a "normal" French Quarter Festival
    Aside from Covid, I wonder what changes might be affected by the change of dates? Less crawfish, of course. Would some stages end earlier due to the earlier sunset? Besides traffic, would a Saints home game add additional challenges?
    Visit my Jazzfest advice site: http://jazzfest.swagland.com/

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    • #3
      So a rescheduled JF could fit into the 2 weekends immediately following FQF?

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      • #4
        They all had better watch their step. Anyone with even a modicum of good taste, spirit and common sense will be down in Lafayette with the "coon-asses" for the Festivals Acadiens et Cre'oles once they announce their schedule.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by 20/20 View Post
          They all had better watch their step. Anyone with even a modicum of good taste, spirit and common sense will be down in Lafayette with the "coon-asses" for the Festivals Acadiens et Cre'oles once they announce their schedule.
          Only if you show proof of vaccination and appreciation of Jerry Garcia !!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by ShadyTree View Post
            So a rescheduled JF could fit into the 2 weekends immediately following FQF?
            I booked a hotel for the next 3 weekends, just in case, 2 days ago!!! and i'm getting my covid vaccine in 2 hours...bring on JF

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            • #7
              Originally posted by ShadyTree View Post
              So a rescheduled JF could fit into the 2 weekends immediately following FQF?
              I hope there is at least one week in between if they have a JF. That is how it was going to be last year due to women's Final Four, too much in too short a time. Usually there is a week separating the two fests. I'm all for both but that is a long ways off. It will be different being in the Fall. that's for sure.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by swag View Post

                Aside from Covid, I wonder what changes might be affected by the change of dates? Less crawfish, of course. Would some stages end earlier due to the earlier sunset? Besides traffic, would a Saints home game add additional challenges?
                A Sun night Saints game would be cool. Fest during the day, Da Dome at night.

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                • #9
                  I suppose putting on the re-scheduled Spring festivals in the fall would keep the festival brands alive and would give locals and a contingent of starved tourists a chance to revel in the only-mostly-virus-free environs. What I'm trying to get my head around is how large would any of the Apr-May fests have to be in order to be profitable, or at least not hemorrhage carry-over funds from 2019? Voodoo Fest draws a whopping 180K for the weekend, which actually sounded like a lot when I read it. If FQF sets up the first weekend in October, what are the chances of Jazzfest drawing even half of its typical attendance if it gets sandwiched in-between FQF and Voodoo? Two 3-day weekends of Jazzfest with prices-proportional-to-gate would probably wind up looking a lot like FQF. And Voodoo Fest would probably end up losing tens of thousands in attendance if Jazzfest gets scheduled mid-October. I think this was a quick-and-the-dead business decision, and Jazzfest was very slow making their move. Having said all that, Oktoberfest at Deutsches Haus would be a fairly hot ticket that time of year, and I could pack light - wear the eff out of the lederhosen, maybe even wear it on the plane there and back! I'm gonna need more Alpine-Socken.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Marignygregg View Post

                    Only if you show proof of vaccination and appreciation of Jerry Garcia !!
                    apropos to nothing I sort of think and deserving to be in the "all things Grateful Dead" thread but man, golly gee, I sure do miss Mr. Garcia.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by duende View Post
                      . And Voodoo Fest would probably end up losing tens of thousands in attendance if Jazzfest gets scheduled mid-October....
                      I dunno, from both a musical perspective and a target-audience point-of-view, latter-day VooDoo Fests (for at least the past 5 years or so, if not more) and recent Jazzfests are practically polar opposites.

                      VooDoo is now seemingly a Southern Cochella, with virtually no local NOLA bands of note to speak of, and I would assume an average attendee age difference of -30 years compared to who a typical Jazzfest crowd is made up of these days.

                      These days, seemingly the only thing they have in common is both are large-scale music festivals that just so happen to be held in the same city.

                      (Of course all of this is theoretical, I am not holding my breath on ANY large festivals taking place in 2021, but we can all hope for the best)

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by MormonMatthew View Post

                        I dunno, from both a musical perspective and a target-audience point-of-view, latter-day VooDoo Fests (for at least the past 5 years or so, if not more) and recent Jazzfests are practically polar opposites.

                        VooDoo is now seemingly a Southern Cochella, with virtually no local NOLA bands of note to speak of, and I would assume an average attendee age difference of -30 years compared to who a typical Jazzfest crowd is made up of these days.

                        These days, seemingly the only thing they have in common is both are large-scale music festivals that just so happen to be held in the same city.

                        (Of course all of this is theoretical, I am not holding my breath on ANY large festivals taking place in 2021, but we can all hope for the best)
                        I agree with all of these comparisons VF vs JF. I do think large festivals will happen in the fall, though.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by festbabe View Post
                          I do think large festivals will happen in the fall, though.
                          Hope you are right!!!

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                          • #14
                            The date announcements do not mean that the festivals will definitely happen. They mean that if the festivals happen in 2021, these are the dates.

                            And I may not be typical, but if Octber is FQF - JF - JF - x - Voodoo, I'll go to them all. And also Hogs too, if they squeeze that onto the other weekend.
                            Visit my Jazzfest advice site: http://jazzfest.swagland.com/

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                            • #15
                              Do you think FQF and Jazzfest will be happening on their normal spring weekends in 2022, though?

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