After postponing their spring edition to the fall, Desert Hearts Festival has announced that the show will not go on as planned this year.
Since first emerging as a small group of house and techno lovers in San Diego, Desert Hearts has grown in a monumental manner unlike many others in the scene. Over the years they’ve transitioned from a Southern California staple to a global powerhouse with fantastic releases, impressive performances, and surreal experiences like their flagship Desert Hearts Festival along the way. Recently, they’ve also become a dominant force on Twitch with massive showcases and lengthy sets that have kept their fans occupied while they remain at home.
Originally slated to take place in April this year, Desert Hearts Festival was postponed to October due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. But as the dates of the festival continued to loom on the horizon concerns about the safety of attendees grew, and today they’ve officially announced that the festival will not be taking place in 2020.
In a statement that was released on just moments ago, Desert Hearts posted a heartfelt letter to the community to announce the news. “We want nothing more than to be headed back to the reservation with all of you this October.” the message reads. “But at this time it is our civic responsibility to further postpone Desert Hearts Festival.”
Akin to other independent promoters who rely on the money they generate from ticket sales to continue their operations and create experiences, Desert Hearts went on to ask for those who can afford to hold onto their tickets to do so. They state, “We know this is not a small ask, but please know that that your support goes a long way in helping us as an organization with little to no sources of revenue during the shutdown.”
Those who purchased tickets and camping passes for Desert Hearts Festival have the option to either hold on to their tickets for a future edition of the festival or request a refund for face value. More details can be found on their website. As of publishing, no dates have been announced for the festival’s return.
Stay tuned for more information about other cancellations and postponements from around the world as we continue to follow the impact coronavirus has on the festival season this year.