Festival Organizers Announce New Date Amid COVID-19 Concerns

April 17, 2020 [Knoxville, Tennessee]— The inaugural Southern Skies Music Festival, produced by Dogwood Arts and curated by The Dirty Guv’nahs, has been moved to Saturday, May 15, 2021 due to the continued spread of COVID-19. From the very beginning, this event has been a passion project for everyone involved––and the team at Dogwood Arts, the Dirty Guv’nahs, and Born & Raised Productions look forward to celebrating with the entire Knoxville community once this pandemic has ended. Festival organizers are actively working to confirm artist availability for the 2021 date and hope to confirm the original line-up soon. Details will be released as they become available.

The 2021 event will still take place in World’s Fair Park in Knoxville, TN and will feature musical acts across two stages, food trucks, craft beer, wine, specialty cocktails, a Maker Market, and more. All current tickets will be honored for the new date and require no further action from the ticket holder. However, all tickets purchased through Eventbrite prior to April 17, 2020 are also now eligible for a refund. Detailed instructions about how to request a refund are available at southernskiesmusicfestival.com.

Festival organizers encourage ticket holders to hold onto their tickets if they are able. “Your purchase not only supports Southern Skies, and the staff, production team, artists, and vendors associated––but all of the year-round programs and events that we produce,” Says Sherry Jenkins, Executive Director of Dogwood Arts. “We’re going to miss celebrating with you this spring, but the health and safety of our community come first.  Just imagine the party we are going to have once this is all behind us next spring!”

Southern Skies is produced by Dogwood Arts and is the newest addition to their music programming, which includes Rhythm N’ Blooms Music Festival, Open Mic Nights in the Dogwood Gallery, and musical entertainment at the Dogwood Arts Festival. Dogwood Arts is working with Born & Raised Productions, the Knoxville-based music production company behind Sunset on Central, the Outpost, and Silent Disco Knox, to produce the festival.

For more information, visit www.southernskiesmusicfestival.com, and follow on Facebook, Twitter @southernskiesfest_, and Instagram @southernskiesfest. Dogwood Arts, presented by ORNL Federal Credit Union, is a 501(c)3 organization with a mission to promote and celebrate our region’s art, culture, and natural beauty.