Coronavirus: All the cancelled gigs, festivals, tours and trade shows
As the coronavirus responsible for the COVID-19 outbreak continues to spread across the globe, the music industry has experienced a tremendous impact. City lockdowns and mass gathering bans mean gigs, festivals, tours and trade shows all around the world have been postponed or cancelled. Already, major events such as SXSW and Coachella have been pushed back or canned altogether.
As announcements by artists, management teams and event organisers continue to roll in daily, here’s a definitive list to all gig, festivals, tours and trade shows that have been affected by COVID-19.
What are the latest updates?
The 1975 postpone their North American tour
Glastonbury 2020 has been cancelled
Neil Young announces he will stream some at-home concerts from his fireside
Cancelled gigs, festivals, tours and trade shows
The 1975’s North American tour, due to start in April, has been postponed. Tickets will still be valid for the newly announced dates.
— The 1975 (@the1975) March 18, 2020
The Rolling Stones have postponed their No Filter tour. It was due to begin on 8 May. Ticket holders have been told to sit tight for updated dates.
Organisers Michael and Emily Eavis shared the news that Glastonbury will not happen this year on 18 March. In a statement released online, they cited the huge challenge of putting the festival together while social distancing measures are in effect.
We are so sorry to announce this, but we are going to have to cancel Glastonbury 2020. Tickets for this year will roll over to next year. Full statement below and on our website. Michael & Emily pic.twitter.com/ox8kcQ0HoB
— Glastonbury Festival (@glastonbury) March 18, 2020
While we may have to revert to ‘not expecting anything‘ from Young in 2020, he’s announced he’ll make the most of things with some cosy fireside streamed gigs.
Making the most out of a bad situation, White Denim announced that they will use the time they would have been on the road to instead write, record, mix and deliver a new LP entitled World as a Waiting Room.
Rage Against The Machine
The much-anticipated reunion tour of RATM has been postponed. The band wrote in a statement: “Due to the current outbreak and ban on public gatherings we are postponing the first part of our tour (March 26th-May 20th) with Run The Jewels. The safety and health of all those who come to our shows is of utmost importance to us.” New dates have yet to be announced.
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Last month, the Foos announced they were ready to embark on a 25 anniversary tour, setting off on the same trek they made in their 1995 US tour. Those plans have screeched to a halt in light of COVID-19 risks. Dave Grohl said in a statement: “Hi, this is Dave. Remember me? The guy who wouldn’t even postpone a show when my goddamn leg was falling off? Well…playing a gig with a sock full of broken bones is one thing, but playing a show when YOUR health and safety is in jeopardy is another. We fuckin’ love you guys. So let’s do this right and rain check shit”. Read the full announcement below:
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Foo Fighters are postponing dates on the upcoming Van Tour 2020. . For a listing of postponed and new dates, see below. Information on the May dates will be forthcoming. . FOO FIGHTERS VAN TOUR 2020 RESCHEDULED SHOWS . Previously scheduled for 4/12/2020 NEW DATE 12/5/2020 Phoenix, AZ Talking Stick Resort Arena . Previously scheduled for 4/14/2020 NEW DATE 12/3/2020 Albuquerque, NM Santa Ana Star Center . Previously schedule for 4/16/2020 NEW DATE 12/1/2020 Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Energy Arena . Previously scheduled for 4/18/2020 RESCHEDULED DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED Wichita, KS INTRUST Bank Arena . Previously scheduled for 4/20/2020 RESCHEDULED DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED Knoxville, TN Thompson-Boling Arena . Links to dates in bio. #FF25
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Download Festival Australia
Download Festival Australia, which My Chemical Romance, Deftones and Jimmy Eat World were due to headline, has been cancelled. News of the cancellation was preceded by MCR pulling out of the line-up late last week.
“To our dearest friends – It is with heavy hearts that we have decided to postpone our performances in Australia and New Zealand”, the band said in a statement at the time. “We felt this was the right decision for our fans, our band, our crew, and our families given the current global situation. We apologise to our fans, but please know that we didn’t come to this decision lightly. Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to being with you all again as soon as we can. In the meantime, please be good to each other.”
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STATEMENT REGARDING DOWNLOAD AUSTRALIA 2020 Melbourne Friday March 20 || Showgrounds Sydney Saturday March 21 || The Domain It is with intense disappointment that we announce that My Chemical Romance will not be coming to Australia to play Download. MCR have released the following statement today: “To our dearest friends – It is with heavy hearts that we have decided to postpone our performances in Australia and New Zealand. We felt this was the right decision for our fans, our band, our crew, and our families given the current global situation. We apologize to our fans, but please know that we didn’t come to this decision lightly. Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to being with you all again as soon as we can. In the meantime, please be good to each other.” My Chemical Romance Given that this announcement has come barely 7 days prior to Download Australia we will not be able to secure an alternative headliner as there is insufficient time to secure visas and arrange the other relevant logistics that are required prior to the festival. As we are unable to deliver a complete line-up to meet the standard that Download fans both expect and deserve, we have very reluctantly made the decision to cancel Download Australia 2020. The Download team has been working around the clock to create an unforgettable experience for heavy music fans and we are devastated not to be able to deliver this show to Australian Downloaders as planned. We are currently working with both My Chemical Romance and Deftones to schedule separate headline shows in Australia in 2020 and will update you all as soon as we have these. We are also working with a number of artists who have official Download side shows scheduled, to add headline shows in Sydney and Melbourne next week, stay tuned for these dates. All ticket purchasers to the Download Melbourne and Sydney 2020 events will receive a full refund including booking and payment processing fees. We appreciate that the decision to cancel Download Australia will cause huge disappointment and may create major difficulty for ticket holders, for which we sincerely apologise. Please contact Moshtix directly.
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The Who’s latest tour, due to start this week, has been postponed. Roger Daltrey said to fans that the shows will “definitely happen and it may be the last time we do a tour of this type, so keep those tickets, as the shows will be fantastic.” Pete Townshend added: “If one fan caught Coronavirus at a Who concert it would be one too many.”
The first leg of Pearl Jam’s much anticipated Gigaton tour has been delayed. It was originally set to kick off on 18 March in Toronto. “As residents of the city of Seattle, we’ve been hit hard and have witnessed firsthand how quickly these disastrous situations can escalate,” Eddie Vedder wrote in a statement regarding the spread of COVID-19. “It’s been brutal and it’s gonna get worse before it gets better.” The statement did not touch on the second leg of the tour, which kicks off in Frankfurt, Germany on 23 June.
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As residents of the city of Seattle, we’ve been hit hard and have witnessed firsthand how quickly these disastrous situations can escalate. Our kids’ schools have closed along with universities and businesses. It’s been brutal and it’s gonna get worse before it gets better. So we are being told that being part of large gatherings is high on the list of things to avoid as this global health crisis is now beginning to affect all of our lives. Unfortunately, communing in large groups is a huge part of what we do as a band and the tour we’ve been busy planning for months is now in jeopardy… We have and will always keep the safety and well-being of our supporters as top priority. So it is with deep frustration and regret that we are forced to make this most unfortunate of announcements… This scheduled first leg of our PJ/Gigaton tour will need to be postponed and shows rescheduled for a later date. We’ve worked hard with all our management and business associates to find other solutions or options but the levels of risk to our audience and their communities is simply too high for our comfort level. Add to that we also have a unique group of passionate fans who travel far and wide. We’ve always been humbled by this and respect their energies and devotion. However in this case, travel is something to avoid. It certainly hasn’t helped that there’s been no clear messages from our government regarding people’s safety and our ability to go to work. Having no examples of our national health department’s ability to get ahead of this, we have no reason to believe that it will be under control in the coming weeks ahead. Again, here in Seattle what we are witnessing we would not wish for anyone. What we do wish for the rest of the country is that they can avoid the harsh negative effects of this and retain their sense of community and take care of one another. Just as we look forward to our next concerts and the ability to gather together and play loud songs as energized as ever. We are so sorry… And deeply upset.. If anyone out there feels the same based on this news, we share that emotion with you. – Ed & Pearl Jam
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Experience PRS 2020
PRS’ 35th anniversary event, Experience PRS 2020, has been cancelled. “We are extremely sorry to not be able to celebrate our 35th Anniversary with this event”, the brand announced in a statement. “At this time, we do not have an alternative date for the next Experience PRS event. We will be discussing that over the coming months and will communicate about any future events as soon as possible. We do have some exciting gear announcements planned in coordination with this event, and we continue to look forward to sharing those with you in the coming months.” The event was also meant to showcase numerous new guitars, including new special Custom 24s and signature models, among the extensive anniversary editions.
American punk rockers Bikini Kill have postponed the March leg of their tour. In a statement on Twitter the band wrote: the band wrote: “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 for us to go forward with any of the shows in the region.”
Important update: pic.twitter.com/YbN07wpFZo
— Bikini Kill (@theebikinikill) March 11, 2020
Courtney Love and Melissa Auf der Maur
Former Hole bandmates Courtney Love and Melissa Aud de Maur’s Planned Parenthood benefit concert on 14 March had to be cancelled. Organised by the Feminist Institute, the event was originally meant to take place at New York’s Town Hall.
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It’s with deep regret that in light of current public health concerns, the #bansoffmybody Benefit concert with @ppgnyact due to take place on 3/14 is being postponed. Read more at https://www.thefeministinstitute.org/benefit-concert . . . We have already begun work on rescheduling the event. Tickets purchased will be honored at the rescheduled date, or refunds will be honored at point of purchase . . . In the meantime, thank you for supporting our essential work, and we look forward to fulfilling the goals of the evening as soon as we can responsibly do so
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Coachella and Stagecoach
Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival and its sister event Stagecoach have been postponed to October. The former will now take place on 9 to 11 and 16 to 18 October, and Stagecoach will take place the weekend after, from 23 to 25 October. Both events were originally slated for April. See the announcement by organisers Goldenvoice below:
— goldenvoice (@goldenvoice) March 10, 2020
All European dates of Carlos Santana‘s Miraculous World Tour have been postponed. “It is with great disappointment that I have to inform our fans that we are cancelling our upcoming Europe Tour”, Michael Vrionis, President of Universal Tone Management said. “Many countries have made the decision to restrict public gatherings in excess of 1,000 people to curb the potential spread of coronavirus. While we deeply regret this unfortunate circumstance, the safety of our fans is the main priority for the Santana Organization.” Santana’s US tour dates remain unchanged.
Originally scheduled to run from 13 to 22 March across multiple locations in Austin, Texas, SXSW has now been cancelled. It’s the first time in its 34-year history that the music and film festival/conference will not take place as planned. SXSW has announced that registrants will be able to defer their badges to 2021, 2022, or 2023 and “get 50% off the walk-up rate in an alternate year of your choosing between 2021 and 2023”. Read the full statement here.
An Update on SXSW 2020. Please read our full statement here: https://t.co/P56nF8KFmE pic.twitter.com/ouJPKM9GNy
— SXSW (@sxsw) March 6, 2020
Slipknot have decided to postpone Knotfest Japan, originally set to take place on 20 and 21 March in the Chiba prefecture, just outside of Tokyo. “In light of global health concerns, Slipknot have decided to postpone their upcoming Asian tour including Knotfest Japan,” the band said in a statement. “While decisions like this are not easy, the safety and well-being of the band’s fans always come first.”
— Slipknot (@slipknot) March 5, 2020
The largest music instruments trade show in Europe, Musikmesse, has been postponed. It was originally slate for 1 to 4 April. Organisers said in a statement: “The health of exhibitors, visitors, contractors and employees has top priority for Messe Frankfurt. The new dates will be announced in the near future”. However, it is understood that two smaller fringe events, the Musikmesse Plaza pop-up market (3 and 4 April) and the Musikmesse Festival (31 March to 4 April 2020), will go on.
North East Guitar Show 2020
In a statement on its website, Northern Guitar Shows announced that the North East Guitar Show 2020 will be postponed until 14 June. Organisers chose to delay the show to protect both its exhibitors and punters alike.
Posted by Northern Guitar Shows on Saturday, March 14, 2020
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