This week, the Red Ants Pants Music Festival, which would have been celebrating its 10th anniversary, was supposed to unveil this year's lineup for the festival... but they had to make a different announcement instead.

Much like most other major events over the next few months, the Red Ants Pants Music Festival has been canceled because of Coronavirus concerns. The festival would have been held in July outside of White Sulphur Springs in Montana. The good news is, they've already set a date for next year: July 22nd through 25th, 2021.

Here's what the executive producer of the Red Ants Pants Foundation said about the cancellation in a statement:

It is with heavy hearts we have made a difficult, but we feel the most responsible, decision to cancel the 2020 Red Ants Pants Music Festival in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are a homegrown, volunteer-driven festival based in a community of 900 people with the goal of bringing good folks together to celebrate rural Montana. While we are a small, tight-knit community, we know a global pandemic doesn’t stop at the county line.

To prioritize the health and safety of our hometown, fans, musicians, volunteers, and staff, we are pushing pause on the 2020 festival and will look forward to putting on our best festival ever in 2021.

Right now, we are turning our attention away from the logistics of planning a festival and instead toward finding ways, through the work of the Red Ants Pants Foundation, to help ease the strain of this pandemic.

As you may know, the festival is an offshoot of an apparel company, Red Ants Pants, which has been in discussions with multiple entities to determine whether the company’s Made in America manufacturing knowhow can help with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for front line workers.

We are continuing to monitor recommendations from the CDC and staying in close contact with our local authorities.

It is possible that the Red Ants Pants Music Festival will produce events such as barn or street dances in the interim, but we will ultimately assess those opportunities as conditions evolve, based on the health and safety of our fans and our community.

The heart of our decision is centered on you, our Red Ants Pants community, and ensuring we can collectively remain strong and connected for years to come.

Please save the date for the 10th Red Ants Pants Music Festival:

July 22 – 25, 2021!

Proceeds from the festival fuel the Red Ants Pants Foundation’s mission of increasing women’s leadership, supporting working family farms and ranches, and enriching rural communities.

We can’t wait to get the bands back together.”

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