Twiddle cancels its two-day Tumble Down festival planned for late July in Burlington

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The made-in-Vermont jam-rock band Twiddle announced Monday night that it’s canceling its two-day Tumble Down festival planned for July in Burlington.

The July 24-25 event at Waterfront Park is the latest entertainment domino to fall in the two months since the COVID-19 pandemic led to stay-at-home orders across the United States. Nearly 70,000 people have died from the virus in the U.S., including 52 in Vermont.

“It comes with great sadness that as a result of COVID-19, Tumble Down 2020 is cancelled,” Twiddle wrote on its Facebook page. “This was our Sweet Number 5 and we were so excited to drop an amazing lineup this year. We promise that we are working on something very special that we will be announcing very soon. There isn’t much that hurts us more than canceling our favorite event of the year, in our home town with all of you, but unfortunately we have no choice.”

The band that tours nationally had not yet announced its lineup for this year’s Tumble Down, which features performances both nights by Twiddle, a foursome that formed at what’s now known as Castleton University.

“We love you, stay safe and healthy and we will get through this together,” Twiddle wrote on Facebook.

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Higher Ground, the South Burlington venue presenting Tumble Down, had not posted the cancellation on its website as of 10 a.m. Tuesday. Co-owner Alex Crothers confirmed the cancellation Tuesday morning in an email to the Burlington Free Press.

Tumble Down is part of the larger Lake Champlain Maritime Festival planned for July 23-26. That festival and its Norah Jones/Mavis Staples concert scheduled for July 23 have not been canceled.

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