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Mass events, such as Austin City Limits, are unlikely to occur as normal at least through the end of the year, Austin-Travis County Interim Health Authority Dr. Mark Escott said during a press conference earlier today.
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Ben Ballinger can't remember the last time he went more than two months without playing music in front of an audience.

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From bikers to bats to blues music, nearly 100 festivals in Austin have either been canceled, rescheduled or are up in the air as pandemic-era social distancing forbids Austinites to do what they do best: party together.

They include myriad events anticipated for later this year, such as:

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A year ago this week, Austin resident Michelle Lambreton discovered that Cardi B was playing the Honda stage at Austin City Limits Festival 2019, and excitedly bought her tickets.

It's her favorite Austin event, and she's been going almost every year since it started in 2002.

"I would still be hearing music in my head for days after," Lambreton, 38, said.

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Two would-be festivalgoers have sued SXSW LLC after spending significant sums of money on entry fees that were not refunded when the event was canceled, according to a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Austin on April 24.

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