UPDATE 06/24/2020 1:30 PM ET: The “Herd Immunity Fest” is no longer going by that name.
The Q & Z Expo Center hosting the festival shared to their Facebook page, “For the record, the venue’s land can accommodate up to 10,000 occupancy. This is an OUTDOOR EVENT for 3 days. We are only selling 20% of that so anyone has the choice and ability to social distance. The festival is also not called “Herd Immunity” and the name no longer tied to any of our social media or promotion.”
Also, Nonpoint has dropped out of the festival per the band’s Twitter. Powerman 5000 frontman Spider One tweeted, “A bunch of bands that I consider peers and some friends are partaking in a show called ‘herd immunity fest,’ which by that title is basically saying to their fans, come see us and we hope you get sick. What the actual f*ck??” Nonpoint responded with, “Hey brother. Nonpoint is not playing because of the way the festival is named. We have dropped off.”
Despite the coronavirus pandemic putting a temporary stop on music festivals, one (so far) is going to happen next month in Wisconsin.
The Q & Z Expo Center in Ringle, Wis. will be hosting the 3-day mini-festival that’s being dubbed the “Herd Immunity Fest” from July 16-18. Booked for the festival are Static-X, Nonpoint, Dope, Bobaflex, Blacktop Mojo, Royal Bliss and more.
In a statement on their Facebook page, The Q & Z Expo Center says, “When the lockdown first happened, my first thought was, ‘OK, we can all do 2 weeks,’ then it went on and on, things were getting canceled. I started to worry about people not only for this COVID but mental, physical, financial. As humans we NEED other human contact. MUSIC in itself is great, but the live streams, as I am sure you all know, is just not the same.”
The statement continued, “We need LIVE, feel it to the bones, run shivers up your spine MUSIC with people around us. Takes us all away on a trip that unless you have felt it you won’t understand. So it is OUR honor to bring you this mini-fest. Let’s make it a fun, safe weekend, and let’s be kind to each other. Spread the word by sharing the event and invite your friends.”
While the festival itself will be taking place outdoors, there is currently no other mention of any safety or social distancing measures that will be enforced by the festival’s organizers.