Austin City Limits festival scrapped for 2020

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AUSTIN ( -- This year's Austin City Limits Music Festival has been scrapped due to the coronavirus.

Officials made the announcement Wednesday morning.

"We would have loved to put on another memorable show this year, however, with the uncertainty surrounding the current situation in Texas, this decision is the only responsible solution," officials said in an e-mail. "The health and safety of our fans, artists, partners, staff and the entire Austin community remains our highest priority."

The festival says it plans to return to Zilker Park in 2021 for its 20th anniversary, on the weekends of October 1-3 and October 8-10.

Those who already purchased 2020 tickets through the festival can lock in their tickets for next year at current rates, or receive a refund if they cannot attend the 2021 dates.

The loss of the 2020 festival will be another blow to the Austin economy, already reeling from the loss of this year's South by Southwest festival. According to a report from AngelouEconomics, in 2019, ACL brought over $291 million to the local economy, created 3,126 jobs, and produced $119 million in labor income.