Elements Fest To Stage Labor Day Weekend With COVID Protocols

Elements 2021
– Elements 2021

Elements Music & Arts Festival is coming back strong in 2021 with a full slate of electronic artists to fill its four stages over Labor Day weekend.

The event stages in the forest of Northeastern Pennsylvania on 150 private acres from Sept. 3-6. The lineup includes Diplo, Chris Lake, Bonobo, Ganja White Night, Bob Moses and many more.

The lineup is carryover from the 2020 version that was nixed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and tickets go on sale Feb. 8. If the event if forced to cancel because of government restrictions, all tickets will be eligible for a 100% refund. 

“We are so grateful for the amazing community that has developed at Elements, and we want to thank them by delivering an experience that they could have never imagined and is unparalleled in the festival world. From performers swinging through the trees, to being surrounded on all sides by immersive projections on a 20’ft sculpture, we are creating an atmosphere that will truly feel like another world!” Tim Monkiewicz, co-founder of Elements and Brooklyn-based production company BangOn!, said in a statement.

Monkiewicz and fellow Elements co-founder Brett Herman spoke to Pollstar last year discussing the various methods they were using to keep their events safe during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020 the Elements co-founders staged three open-air retreats with a two-part COVID-19 testing protocol that required all attendees to take tests several days before the event and another on-site before entry. Those events reported zero cases of COVID-19 transmission. 

For this fourth edition of the event fans will be required to show proof of vaccine or take the same two-part test. The festival will, of course, follow all safety protocols required by the CDC and state.

The theme of the festival is the four elements of Fire, Air, Water and Earth, each of which gets its own stage. The festival will also feature fire performances, art experiences, health and wellness activities, games, “chill areas” and organic and healthy food & beverage options.

Elements is also donating $1 of every ticket sold to its Art of Change fund, which will provide funding for Black artists to further their art. 

While the industry is expected to make some form of a return in 2021, the scale of this return remains unclear and major spring festivals like Coachella and New Orleans Jazz + Heritage Festival have already announced postponements.