Tallinn Music Week have postponed this month's event to August following health concerns over the coronavirus outbreak.
The music festival and conference was due to take place from 25-29 March in the Estonian capital Tallinn, but has now been rescheduled for August in light of the coronavirus outbreak.
A statement on the site reveals that the postponement is "due to risks related to the spread of the COVID-19 virus and following a recommendation issued by the Estonian Health Board."
Director of Tallinn Music Week Helen Sildna says, "While a week ago we believed that by following the recommendations by the Health Board, we could still go on with the festival, the circumstances have now changed. 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. Our team believes that during this period, it is better for us all to minimise travel. I am immensely proud and grateful to our team and partners – thanks to their fast action, empathy and sense of responsibility, we can confirm already today that the festival will take place at the same scale, scope and quality as it would have in March. Also, for the first time in our history, TMW will take place at the end of summer – in August."
All artists due to perform at the festival this month have received invitations for the rescheduled dates in August.
The international new music festival and conference TMW is postponed until August. The new dates are 26 – 30 August.https://t.co/tEX8xh9rq6— Tallinn Music Week (@TlnMusicWeek) March 10, 2020
Tallinn Music Week follows in the footsteps of SXSW, who cancelled their event for the first time in 34 years last Friday (6 March). They have since let go of a third of their full-time workforce.
Coachella is another festival that could be rescheduled for later this year due to the COVID-19 virus.