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With hopes coronavirus outbreak will subside, Miami’s III Points fest moves to October

III Points music and arts festival has been rescheduled for Oct. 16-17, making the event the latest Miami gathering to be disrupted by the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

Organizers of the event, originally scheduled for May 1-2, announced the postponement Saturday as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continued to rise in Florida and across the U.S. The festival’s founder, David Sinopoli, told the Miami Herald he was able to secure commitments from more than 95 percent of the artists to play the new October dates, including The Strokes, Wu-Tang Clan and Robyn. Very few couldn’t make the change, including one headliner, Disclosure. New artists to join the lineup include Rufus Du Sol, Artbat and Peaches.

Sinopoli said he and his team worked for weeks to iron out schedules and work within their budget to organize a production later this year. The new dates give his team and fans something to look forward to.

“We wanted to put out something positive,” he said. “I just feel like, even if it isn’t until October, we’re trying to show our fans that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.”

He acknowledged that the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic could alter III Points’ plans again.

“If we’re in a negative situation three to four months from now, and we’re looking at another pivot, I think that my team is ready for that,” Sinopoli said.

Ticketholders who have paid in full are set. For those who are on the payment plan, payments will not resume until “it is ethically okay,” Sinopoli said, referencing the number of people who have lost their jobs during the pandemic.

III Points has made a habit of pivoting to accommodate the festival’s growth or react to unexpected circumstances. This year’s change actually moves III Points onto a familiar part of the calendar.

This year’s festival will be the seventh installment. For the first five years, the event was held in October, initially at various venues across the arts district and eventually landing at Mana Wynwood. In 2017, the potential impact of Hurricane Matthew forced some performers to cancel their sets, including LCD Soundsystem and Earl Sweatshirt.

Following a 16-month gap, III Points returned to Mana in February 2019. Headliners included Erykah Badu, Beach House and Herbie Hancock. This year, a February festival proved logistically challenging with Miami-Dade hosting Super Bowl 54 and a host of associated events and activities.

This story was originally published March 28, 2020 3:04 PM.

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