Louder than Life Festival Canceled Due to Coronavirus


Story and photo by Anne Erickson

Metallica was slated to hearing the 2020 Louder than Life festival, but the event is scraped this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Louder than Life rock festival in Louisville, Kentucky, has been canceled this year, due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Two other major Louisville events scheduled for this fall, Hometown Rising and Bourbon & Beyond, have also been canceled due to the pandemic.

“Even though the festivals are not until September, the advanced planning realities of producing three back-to-back-to-back events have necessitated that a decision be made sooner than later,” festival organizers say in a statement. “Our decision also conforms with the advice of health officials.”

The 2020 edition of Louder than Life festival was set to bring headlining performances from Metallica, Tool and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Festival organizers say they “are working really hard to bring as much of our 2020 lineups back to 2021.”

“We are truly heartbroken it has come to this,” festival organizers stated. “We want to thank you for your patience, support and loyalty. We hope you are staying safe as well as physically and mentally well. We are blessed to have such an amazing Festival Family, and together, as a community, we will get through this.”

Full refunds will be offered for all of the festivals. For information on getting refunds or transferring tickets to next year, head to LouderthanLifeFestival.com.