Due to the recent outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) festivals and musicians around the world have been cancelling or postponing their events to try and minimise the spread of the virus.
Large public gatherings are a hotspot for spreading coronavirus, and many governments are trying to ensure the public stay safe by postponing or cancelling events with large amounts of people.
Last week, Austin's SXSW was cancelled for the first time in 34 years, alongside Miami's Ultra Music Festival. Coachella soon followed, but instead rescheduled the original April dates to October.
A large number of musicians have also been cancelling tours due to the virus outbreak and the restrictions on public travel and events - Pearl Jam, Miley Cyrus, BTS, Madonna, Stormzy, Foals, Green Day, and many others have had to pull tour dates from their schedules due to the virus outbreak.
SXSW, Austin 13-22 March
Prior to the festival being cancelled, huge companies such as Netflix, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, and more pulled out of the festival due to the virus. A number of keynote speakers followed suit, including Trent Reznor and atticus Ross, Ozzy Osbourne, and Beastie Boys. A day later, the Austin government's advice that SXSW should cancel the entire 2020 event came into effect, and resulted in SXSW LLC letting go of a third of their full time workforce. Unfortunately, attendees won't be able to get refunds on their tickets due to a strict no-refund policy, but it is possible to defer tickets to 2021, 2022, or 2023.
Ultra Music Festival, Miami 20-22 March
Miami's Ultra Music Festival followed in the footsteps of SXSW, and cancelled its 2020 event after Florida Governor’s declaration of a public health emergency over COVID-19. Ultra Music Festival also has a strict no-refund policy, but ticket-holders can defer their 2020 tickets to 2021 or 2022.
Coachella, California April 10–12 and 17–19
California's biggest double-weekender festival takes place in April, a few weeks after SXSW, but has been postponed until October amidst the coronavirus outbreak. Yesterday (11 March), festival organisers Goldenvoice released an official statement confirming the rescheduled dates - 9-11 and 16-18 October. All artists expected to play in April have been invited to perform on the new dates in October.
Tallinn Music Week, Estonia 25-29 March
Estonian music festival and conference Tallinn Music Week was one of the first European festivals to reschedule its 2020 event. The original March dates have been moved to August "following a recommendation issued by the Estonian Health Board."The festival director said in a statement, "We are confident that we can offer a more fulfilling and safer experience for all participants in August. The decisive factor for the decision to postpone, was first and foremost, the large number of international participants." Tallinn Music Week will now take place between 26-30 August.
Snowbombing, Austria 13-18 April
Austria's Snowbombing became the latest European festival to cancel its 2020 event yesterday (11 March). The festival is offering refunds on tickets, and is also allowing ticket-holders to defer their 2020 package to 2021 if they prefer. The cancellation was announced after "Austrian authorities placed a ban on all outdoor events above 500 people and indoor events above 100." The ban is in place until 3 April and is expected to be extended. Attendees should receive an email by tomorrow afternoon (13 March) detailing the next steps.
Country to Country Festival, London, Dublin and Glasgow
The country music festival has pulled its weekend evens in London, Dublin and Glasgow on 12 March due to the coronavirus outbreak. A statement on the site reads: "Ticket holders are advised to hold onto their tickets. More information will be announced in the coming days on the rescheduled event."
BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend, Dundee, 22-24 May
Camila Cabello, Calvin Harris, AJ Tracey, Biffy Clyro, and many others were expected to perform at the festival this May, but on Friday (13 March) organisers pulled the event due to the coronavirus outbreak. The cancellation was announced "in line with the advice from the Scottish government" that public gatherings of over 500 people should be banned. Radio 1's Big Weekend was expected to bring 70,000 people to Dundee.
Returning punk icons Bikini Kill were due to take their reunion tour across North America this month, but last night (11 March) the band were forced to postpone a number of shows in the North West region. They wrote in a statement on socials, "We take the health and safety of our supporters, crew, and opening bands very seriously, and given the situation in Seattle as well as the lack of information about the actual infection rate of the surrounding areas, it doesn't make sense to us to go forward with any of the shows in this region."
K-pop giants BTS have been forced to cancel their upcoming shows in Seoul, South Korea following the spike in confirmed coronavirus cases in the South Korean capital. Big Hit Entertainment released a statement following the cancellation, "We have decided to fully co-operate with the government's policy to refrain from holding events with a massive number of participants in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus."
The rock legends postponed their North American tour dates just yesterday (11 March). They plan to announce rescheduled dates, and are waiting for the coronavirus situation to develop before postponing their European dates. On the tour FAQ page, the band writes, "We postponed the tour out of an abundance of caution and concern for our fans, our touring staff, and everyone’s families and communities. We appreciate everyone’s support. We continue to follow the precautionary measures recommended by the King County Health Department and urge everyone to do the same."
British rapper Stormzy postponed his Asian tour dates last month due to the coronavirus outbreak. He was expected to perform shows in Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, China, and South Korea this month. In a statement on socials, Stormzy wrote, "due to the ongoing health and travel concerns surrounding the coronavirus, I’m regrettably having to reschedule this leg of the tour." He is yet to announce new dates.
The Madame X singer/songwriter postponed the last two dates of her tour at Le Grand Rex in Paris a few days ago due to COVID-19. A statement on her site reads, "Following official notification from the Office of the Police this morning prohibiting all events with an audience attendance of over 1,000, Live Nation regrets to announce the final two Madame X performances previously rescheduled to 10-March and 11-March are forced to be cancelled."
The British indie legends were due to perform in Jakarta on 10 March, but were forced to pull the event. Foals wrote in their statement, "City Government of Jakarta has suspended the issuance of permit for our upcoming show at Hall Basket Senayan on March 10." They are currently trying to work out a rescheduled date for the concert.
Last month, Green Day cancelled their Asian tour dates due to the virus outbreak. On socials, the band wrote, "hold on to your tickets we’ll be announcing the new dates very soon."
On 12 March, Swedish popstar Tove Lo cancelled her remaining tour dates in Europe due to the virus outbreak. She plans to reschedule the dates to September, and writes, "As sad as this makes me to have to postpone, this is bigger than all of us and everyones' health and safety must come first."
Punk legend Iggy Pop has rescheduled his France tour dates to September following the COVID-19 outbreak. He writes that he "was damn excited about these gigs."
The former One Direction singer was just getting started on his solo Walls album tour, but has been forced to reschedule his European dates to August following the virus outbreak.
The duo have postponed their forthcoming dates in Amsterdam, Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne due to the restrictions placed on public events because of the virus, and have announced some new European tour dates for November.
Rage Against the Machine
The legendary rockers were expected to embark on a reunion tour but have postponed the first half of their dates due to the coronavirus outbreak. Their tour dates with Run The Jewels between 26 March and 20 May won't be going ahead. Tickets for the postponed dates will be valid at rescheduled dates when they're announced. They will headline Coachella in October.
The Radiohead vocalist has pulled his North American dates for his Tomorrow's Modern Boxes tour due to the spread of COVID-19, and will be announcing some rescheduled dates in the near future.
The teenage superstar has had to put 11 North American dates on hold following Live Nation's decision to postpone all arena events to minimise the spread of the virus. Eilish wrote that she's "so sad to do this but we need to postpone these dates to keep everyone safe". Rescheduled dates are expected to be announced soon.