With increasing COVID-19 cases, Summerfest 2021 in Milwaukee has lost a headliner

The increase in COVID-19 cases across the United States from the more contagious delta variant has prompted artists such as Stevie Nicks, Nine Inch Nails and Florida Georgia Line to cancel their touring plans this year.

And now a Summerfest 2021 headliner is canceling shows as well.

Alternative rock band Pixies announced Monday that it will no longer play shows in September, including a Summerfest show at the festival’s Generac Power Stage on September 18.

“The Pixies have determined that with the current increase in COVID cases made worse by the delta variant, this is the right decision for their fans, crew members and themselves, and ask their fans to stay in touch. safe and healthy, ”the group said in a press release on Monday.

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The Pixies canceled their tour plans in September due to the increase in COVID-19 cases, including a headlining show at Summerfest on September 18.

A replacement number has yet to be named for the stage, but it’s not the only headliner missing for the closing day of Summerfest. Festival officials have yet to announce the closing act for the Line Warehouse or the full September 18 lineup for the Miller Lite Oasis.

As the increase in COVID-19 cases again affects some touring plans, many artists and festivals continue, and a growing number of events are forcing ticket holders to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test , completed within 72 hours of an event, for entry.

Summerfest was actually one of the first festivals this year to announce this requirement, followed by Bonnaroo in Tennessee, Austin City Limits in Texas and others.

In Milwaukee, other concert halls have announced similar requirements, including Cactus Club, Cooperage, Anodyne Coffee Roasting Company and the Pabst Theater Group, which operates the Pabst Theater, Riverside Theater, Turner Hall Ballroom and Back Room of the Colectivo Coffee.

Summerfest is set to kick off next week with triple lineup of Green Day, Fall Out Boy and Weezer at the American Family Insurance Amphitheater on September 1. The festival will run from September 2-4, 9-11 and 16-18 with a bonus amphitheater. shows on September 1, 8 and 15.

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