Outlaws and Legends still happening as coronavirus fears cancel music festivals across the country


ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – Outlaws and Legends is still happening in Abilene later this month as coronavirus fears cancel music festivals across the country.

Last week, the City of Austin announced their globally anticipated festival, South by Southwest, would be cancelled this year due to the virus, but Outlaws and Legends organizers told KTAB and KRBC that they’re festival does not face a similar fate.

“Outlaws and Legends is not the size of SXSW, and at this time does not pose the same risk,” Abilene City Manager Robert Hanna says. “We will continue to monitor the situation and based on State and Federal recommendations will take appropriate actions to protect the public’s health, safety and welfare.”

10,000 people attended Outlaws and Legends last year, mostly from Texas and surrounding states.

Willie Nelson is expected to headline this year’s festival.

More information, including specifics on VIP and RV tickets, can be found at outlawsandlegends.com.

Outlaws and Legends released the following statement on their decision to keep the festival going:

Outlaws & Legends Music Festival and Backporch Productions shares in the worldwide disposition of the Coronavirus and its global effects.  Our credited reputation within the music community is of the utmost importance.  Because of this, we have sought professional advise from many within the medical and entertainment communities.  And, given the current risk environment for this deadly disease coupled with the highest regard for sponsors, fans, crew and artist safety, we will continue our 10th Anniversary Outlaws & Legends Music Festival as scheduled on March 20th and 21st of 2020.  We understand the severity of greater precautions taken at this time with a heightened concern regarding the spread of the coronavirus.  Sanitation stations and products will be at multiple points throughout our grounds, and we will actively monitor situations of the virus from now until completion of the festival.

Though we have a footprint within and outside the state of Texas and some outside representation of the United States, our demographics year over year shows the majority of our attendees are outside the most vulnerable age groups to be affected by the Coronavirus.  We are taking every precaution in preparation for our event and will make sure to provide essential resources to prevent the spread of any virus we could be exposed to during our event.  

We invite and welcome artists, label reps, members of the media, as well as anyone else displaced by other cancellations to come celebrate our 10th anniversary of Outlaws & Legends Music Fest.  

For more information about the festival and to purchase tickets, got to www.outlawsandlegends.com

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