Widespread Panic rescheduled their upcoming five-night run at The Beacon Theatre in New York City due to the latest surge in COVID-19 cases caused by the Delta variant. The shows originally slated for September 16 – 20, 2021 will now take place January 13 – 17, 2022.
The latest postponement comes after the band recently rescheduled a run in Napa, California and a few weeks following Widespread Panic frontman John Bell testing positive for COVID-19. Bell’s positive test result led the sextet to reschedule a three-night stand in Austin to October 8 – 10.
Read a statement from Widespread Panic regarding the postponements:
Widespread Panic has decided to postpone the upcoming Napa Valley (Aug. 27-29) and NYC (Sept. 16-20) concert dates in their ongoing effort to make Widespread Panic shows as safe as possible for everyone involved — from Band Member to audience member, and the unseen many in between.
The presence and spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant has created another surge of infections and hospitalizations across the Nation. Our Health Care Workers and First Responders are once again pushed to and beyond reasonable limits. These are our Families, Friends, and Neighbors. This is why we are making late moment adjustments.
The timing of this announcement could never be ideal, but is being delivered as soon as logistically possible after the Band made its unanimous decision. We understand that this will be an inconvenience for concertgoers as well – having their plans upended. These are our friends. We are determined to hold these gatherings and celebrations with Friends in the safest environment we can create.
Since returning to live performance, the Band, Crew, and Management have gone to great lengths and expense to ensure the safety of every soul in the venue. We are taking this pause to re-enforce our already stringent protocols. Bottom line – the COVID virus is relentless, and it loves an audience.
Widespread Panic is hopeful and grateful for Everyone’s understanding of our concerns during these unprecedented and continuously shifting times.
Information on the ticketing situation is laid out here. Up next for Widespread Panic is a headlining appearance at the MEMPHO Music Festival.