CMJ festival issues statement concerning Ebola scare

Ebola patient Dr Craig Spencer is thought to have attended a venue taking part in the festival

The CMJ Music Marathon festival in New York has issued an official statement after being hit by an Ebola scare.

Yesterday it was revealed that New York City had its first positive case of Ebola, with Dr Craig Spencer testing positive for the disease. Spencer – a doctor who was recently working in Guinea for Doctors Without Borders and treating Ebola patients – is thought to have visited a venue in which the festival was taking place on Wednesday night (October 22).

CMJ has now released an official line, with Adam Klein, CEO of CMJ, stating that the festival will go ahead as planned: “We have been diligently following the news on Ebola and will continue to be proactive of the situation and circumstances. At this time CMJ will continue on as scheduled and if anything should change we will act accordingly.”

Three people who came into contact with Spencer have been quarantined and last night, Williamsburg, Brooklyn venue The Gutter was closed, allegedly because Spencer had visited the bowling alley and music venue the previous evening. The Gutter cited its closure “due to unforeseen circumstances” and cancelled its unofficial CMJ showcase gig. The show was to be hosted by Brooklyn label Goodnight Records and Heaven, Big Sleep, Friend Roulette and Sun Club were all due to play.

CMJ runs until October 25 in venues throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn.