Country singer Parker McCollum announced in a tweet Wednesday evening that he tested positive for coronavirus.
McCollum was scheduled to perform at Weedstock as the headliner for Friday’s show, but now he said he will self-quarantine at his ranch for 14 days. McCollum also canceled his Thursday show in Manhattan, Kansas.
“After realizing this morning that I could not taste or smell anything at breakfast, I went to get tested for covid,” McCollum said in a tweet. “My deepest apologies to the fans and the venues who were counting on me to perform.”
Weedstock is the three-day music festival in Stillwater held at the Tumbleweed and starts this Thursday. With McCollum pulling out, the event loses a performer for their Friday show.
“It’s just an absolute bad stroke up [sic] luck on the timing of contracting this virus,” McCollum said in a tweet. “I want to play so bad.”
Concerns of Weedstock increased as the festival’s starting date grew closer. An OSU student started a petition on change.org to voice opposition. Stillwater mayor Will Joyce said he opposes the festival and that he reached out to Payne County Commissioners to stop it.
“I don’t think it's time to move back to crowded music festivals at this point,” Joyce said. “There’s a reason why you’re not seeing those virtually anywhere else.”