Apparently, SXSW Will Not Be Giving Refunds After Canceling Over Coronavirus

People are still pissed off after organizers canceled its long-running annual South by Southwest (SXSW) festival due to concerns over the spread of coronavirus.

Now, the company is apparently refusing to refund thousands of ticket buyers. Furthermore, organizers had no choice but to lay off a third of its employees, according to the Austin Chronicle.

“We are devastated to share this news with you,” conference organizers wrote in a statement on the SXSW website. ”The show must go on’ is in our DNA, and this is the first time in 34 years that the March event will not take place. We are now working through the ramifications of this unprecedented situation.”

Still, unfortunately, some participators didn’t read the fine print.

“Any and all payments made to SXSW are not refundable for any reason, including, without limitation, failure to use Credentials due to illness, acts of God, travel-related problems, acts of terrorism, loss of employment and/or duplicate purchases,” the SXSW’s terms and conditions says on its website.

Ouch. Well that sucks! Looks we’re just going to have to enjoy the festival in our imaginations.