In May 2021, Wilco Sky announced Blue Sky 2022, a “destination concert experience” at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya in Mexico. It will take place next week from January 17-21. The originally announced lineup for the sold-out event included three shows from Wilco, plus sets from Spoon, Kurt Vile, Thundercat, Waxahatchee, Stephen Malkmus, Nubya Garcia, Jeff Tweedy solo and others. The starting price for ticket packages was $1699.
In comments addressed to the band and festival organizers on the event’s Facebook page, several people called for refunds and asked if the event would be moved due to the widespread omicron variant of COVID-19. Today (Jan. 11), the page shared the event schedule with an update: Soccer Mommy and Ohmme had joined the lineup as Waxahatchee, Mountain Man and Julian Lage are “no longer able” to attend. Wilco and the festival’s promoter, Cloud 9 Adventures, have now issued statements to address fans’ concerns.
“With regard to the Sky Blue Sky festival, Wilco has been independently contracted to perform at this event and have their name used to promote ticket sales, in the same way as most of the group’s other live performances,” a representative for Wilco said in a statement. “The festival promoter, Cloud 9, is solely responsible for and determines ticket policies, including pricing and availability of refunds or credits.”
Tweedy also spoke about the issue in his family’s livestream broadcast The Tweedy Show on Thursday 6 January: