Yola Joins Jason Isbell In Dropping Out Of The Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion

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We have yet another artist pulling out of this year’s Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion in Bristol, Virginia.

Jason Isbell announced yesterday that he was pulling out of the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion after the festival’s COVID protocols didn’t include a vaccine/negative test requirement.

And now, Yola just announced on Twitter that she has officially pulled out of the festival, via this statement:

“The priority of our team is to keep Yola, her band and crew as safe as possible.

We are not satisfied that the most stringent Covid safety best practices are currently in place for the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, and therefore we have made the difficult decision that Yola will no longer be performing at the event.”

The festival is set to take place September 10-12 with Tanya Tucker, Blackberry Smoke and The SteelDrivers among those still scheduled to perform, and as of right now organizers have not commented on Yola’s announcement.

But as the surge of the COVID-19 Delta variant continues, we’ve started to see the cancellations begin to roll in once again, and some artists have started to insist that all attendees at their shows be vaccinated or provide proof of a negative test.

Earlier this month the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam, which was scheduled to take place next month in Panama City Beach, announced that the festival was being postponed to 2022. And Garth Brooks has already canceled the rest of his shows for the remainder of 2021.

Stay tuned folks, because I have a feeling we’re going to be seeing quite a bit more of news like this.

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