PINAL COUNTY, ARIZONA — Update (March 24): In a tweet, Country Thunder announced that the four-day music festival has been rescheduled for Oct. 29 - Nov. 1, 2020. The festival's main headliners -- Luke Combs, Eric Church, Kane Brown and Dustin Lynch -- are all confirmed to attend, organizers said.
The complete line up would be announced later in the week, the festival said. All tickets purchased for the original April dates would be honored at the fall dates.
Let's do this Arizona! We will see YOU and our incredible artists in the desert October 29-November 1, 2020! 🤠 pic.twitter.com/yknczgbOkK— Country Thunder (@countrythunder) March 24, 2020
It's official: Country Thunder Arizona has been postponed and will be rescheduled for sometime in the fall, the festival announced on Friday afternoon.
"Country Thunder Music Festivals has had to make the difficult decision to postpone Country Thunder Arizona due to the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 Pandemic. At this unprecedented time, everyone at Country Thunder Music Festivals remains concerned about our many loyal fans and hopes that everyone and their families stay safe through this crisis," a news release said.
The four-day country music festival was scheduled to take place on April 16-19, 2020 near Florence, Arizona. Country stars Dustin Lynch, Kane Brown, Luke Combs, and Eric Church had been tapped to headline.
In a news release, organizers said rescheduled dates would be announced in the "coming weeks" and that tickets and camping reservations would be honored at the rescheduled dates. It was not immediately clear if the headliners would remain the same or not.
“We look forward to finalizing new dates and getting back to the desert later in the fall,” said Troy Vollhoffer, CEO of Country Thunder, in a statement. “The fans in Arizona have been with us from day-one and we are incredibly grateful for their support as we work through the logistics of rescheduling."
Organizers said the decision to postpone was solidified by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey's executive orders on Thursday to close movie theaters, gyms, and restaurant dining rooms (restaurants can still do carry-out, pick-up, and delivery) in counties with confirmed COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases.
Last week, Country Thunder announced that it had postponed and rescheduled its festival in Florida because of COVID-19-related restrictions on events and mass gatherings.