In May 2021, Wilco announced Sky Blue Sky 2022, a “destination concert experience” at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya in Mexico. It takes 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 addressing the band and festival organizers on the event’s Facebook page, several people called for refunds and asked if the event would be rescheduled due to the widespread omicron variant of COVID-19. Today (January 11), the page shared the event’s 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 responding to fans’ concerns.
“With respect to the Sky Blue Sky festival, Wilco has been independently contracted to perform at this event and to have their name used to promote sales of tickets, in the same manner as most other live appearances by the group,” a representative for Wilco said in a statement. “The festival promotor, Cloud 9, is solely responsible for and determines all ticketing policies, including pricing and availability of refunds or credits.”
Tweedy also addressed the issue on his family’s livestream broadcast show The Tweedy Show on Thursday, January 6: