A week before nationally-known artists were going to be in Jackson to put on a show for attendees of the first JXN Fest, the event has been canceled.
JXN Fest made a post on their Facebook late Thursday night saying that the three-day festival will not happen.
“Due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, we have been forced to cancel the festival,” the post read, but went on to say that JXN Fest, because of “the climate of today’s times” could present situations that could ultimately damage the community, city, and state.
JXN Fest cited “security concerns, infrastructure complications, threatening weather, and necessary procedures which are no longer possible” as reasons to shut down the event.
“Despite the challenges, the festival organizers remained committed to the festival and finding out ways to make JXN Fest a safe and amazing event,” the post read. “The cancellation of JXN Fest is not the future that the festival had hoped for. After extensive months of planning and execution, it is with a heavy heart that the festival must shut its doors.”
Jackson’s last big event was the Mississippi Mudbug Festival, when a shooter opened fire, wounding several, and was fatally shot by a law enforcement officer.
The headliners for JXN Fest included Rodney Atkins, Big KRIT and Lucky Daye, but there were dozens of other artists, including local acts, prepared to play.
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