Monterey Jazz Festival Quickly Sells Out Despite No Vaccination Requirements

Monterey Jazz Festival

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Tickets for the Monterey Jazz Festival are sold out after just six days of availability.

“Thi have it sell out that fast has been very exciting for us,” says Timothy Orr, Marketing Associate of the Monterey Jazz Festival. “It shows that people are ready to come back and have live music again.” Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the festival will be held at 50% capacity – room for only 2,500 guests for the weekend.

“We knew it was going to be smaller but mighty,” Orr continues. “Now that we say we’re sold out, I’m sure there’s going to be a fear of missing out.” The Monterey Jazz Festival is hoping to give fans who couldn’t score tickets something to look forward to with its After Hours Program.

The MJF After Hours program will invite local artists to play live shows at restaurants and venues across the Monterey peninsula in the hours after the festival ends. Orr says the idea is to extend the festival into the community. More details about the program will be available in early August.

64th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival Line-up

  • Herbie Hancock
  • George Benson
  • Terri Lyne Carrington + Social Science
  • Pat Metheny Side-Eye
  • Ledisi
  • Christian Sands Group
  • Kandance Springs
  • Las Cafeteras
  • Miho Hazama and m_unit
  • Next Generation Jazz Orchestra directed by Gerald Clayton
  • Immanuel Wilkins
  • Giveton Gelin
  • Mimi Fox Organ Trio
  • Next Generation Women in Jazz Combo directed by Katie Thiroux

Monterey is keeping it small and intimate for this year’s Monterey Jass Festival to keep a no vaccination requirement.

The smaller event with no vaccine passport required is less likely to attract fraud, too. Over the weekend, the FBI is warning Lollapalooza attendees that using and selling fake COVID-19 vaccination cards is considered an illegal activity.

To enter Lollapalooza, concert attendees must provide a printed copy of their COVID-19 vaccination card, vaccination record, or a negative coronavirus test within 72 hours of entering the festival. Chicago’s largest music festival is being held at full capacity from July 29 to August 1. For those who do not have a COVID-19 vaccine, masks are required inside the festival at all times.

Lollapalooza’s lineup for its 2021 festival in Chicago’s Grant Park includes the Foo Fighters, Post Malone, Tyler the Creator, and Miley Cyrus. Other artists scheduled to take the stage at some point during the festival include DaBaby, Marshmello, Journey, Megan Thee Stallion, Roddy Ricch, and several others.