Savannah Stopover Music Festival announced today that plans for the 2021 festival are in a holding pattern, but relayed that the festival will not take place in March when typically held, according to a press release.


Since its inception in 2011 the festival has taken place in early March, the weekend prior to SXSW, and has served as a stopping point for up-and-coming bands making their way down to Austin, TX.



SXSW 2021 is planned as an online only event, and organizers have not confirmed plans or dates for a live music portion of the festival. .


Savannah Stopover has primarily been an indoor, intimate venue-based festival, taking place across 10-12 locations throughout Savannah’s Historic District, where 70-100 bands are hosted over a three day period.


"The COVID 19 crisis has hit small venues and venue-based music festivals the hardest. Our focus on these small to midsize venues that attendees can move between easily is what makes Stopover so unique — it’s in our DNA — but it makes social distancing harder, and current COVID restrictions would greatly limit attendance. We want to wait until we can all gather together, and hold a festival that is safe for bands, fans, volunteers and staff," said Kayne Lanahan, the festival’s founder.


The festival is exploring alternate timelines as well as the possibility of other live music events later in the year.


"We’ve been looking at a myriad of scenarios and trying to stay nimble without incurring sunk costs. If opportunities arise that can work safely, and we can move quickly, we will," Lanahan said. "Like so many others, we are trying to look at this difficult period as an opportunity to take a step back, get creative and rethink how we plan and hold live music events in Savannah."