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Coronavirus Cancellations: Festivals, Concerts, Tours, Films Affected by the Outbreak

Music industry is taking preventive action to keep fans safe

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The music industry is postponing or canceling tours, concerts, and major festivals to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

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Editor’s Note: The list below is constantly updating — last update June 4th. 

As COVID-19 continues to spread and spark growing concerns globally, the music and film industries are taking preventive action — postponing or canceling tours, concerts, major festivals, and film releases to help contain potential infections while writing heartfelt statements to their fans and attendees.

On March 11th, the World Health Organization labeled COVID-19 a “pandemic.” “Pandemic is not a word to use lightly or carelessly,” WHO chief Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a news conference. “We cannot say this loudly enough or clearly enough or often enough. All countries can still change the course of this pandemic.”

Ultra Music Festival was the first major festival to pull the plug, and South by Southwest will not take place for the first time in 34 years. From Pearl Jam to Madonna, here’s a full list of artists taking precautions.


Beyond Wonderland SoCal
The electronic dance music festival organized by Insomniac Events has been rescheduled for June 19th and 20th. “Dance culture is strong and our entire community is united,” Insomniac founder Pasquale Rotella wrote in a statement. “It won’t be long until we’re all raving together again. Love and care for each other, stay positive, and stop buying up all the toilet paper.”

Big Ears Festival
The Knoxville, Tennessee, festival, which was scheduled to bring four days of music, film, and art to the city starting March 26th, has been canceled. “This has been a tough decision,” founder Ashley Capps wrote in a statement.  “Not only is the principle that ‘the show must go on’ woven into our DNA, but the impact of this cancellation on the community that makes Big Ears possible — the artists, the festival attendees, our staff and production teams, and the Knoxville community with all of its businesses and workers — cannot be overstated.”

The annual Tenessee festival has been rescheduled. Originally scheduled for June 11th through 14th, the event will now take place September 24th through 27th. “Please continue to radiate positivity through this uncharted time in our world,” the festival said in a statement. “Thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to seeing you at The Farm this fall.”

Boston Calling
The May festival featuring Rage Against the Machine, Foo Fighters and Red Hot Chili Peppers has been canceled due to concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic. “We are heartbroken,” the festival said in a statement. “However, the health and safety of our audience, artists, partners, vendors, first responders, and staff are of the utmost importance of us, and we felt that this was the only acceptable way forward.”

The largest country-music festival in Europe has been postponed due to concerns about the coronavirus. Prior to the announcement, Old Dominion had pulled out of the event. The festival lineup included headliners Eric Church, Luke Combs, and Darius Rucker.  “Due to the global pandemic of COVID-19 and the changing nature of travel policies in other countries, alongside possible extended future restrictions, it is with great regret that Country to Country Festival 2020 — London, Dublin, and Glasgow — is being postponed,” the festival said in a statement on its website.

Coachella Music and Arts Festival
In a Twitter announcement and a statement to Rolling Stone, festival organizer Goldenvoice has confirmed that the annual festival is canceled and has been rescheduled for October 2020. “While this decision comes at a time of universal uncertainty, we take the safety and health of our guests, staff, and community very seriously,” the statement read. “We urge everyone to follow the guidelines and protocols put forth by public-health officials.”

The annual Las Vegas motion picture-theater festival has been canceled due to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus. “While local outbreaks vary in severity, the global circumstances make it impossible for us to mount the show that our attendees have come to expect,” the convention wrote in a statement on Twitter.

CMA Fest
The annual country-music festival taking place in Nashville has been canceled on account of the coronavirus pandemic. “As the world is still greatly affected by the spread of COVID-19, we cannot in good conscience risk the health and wellbeing of our fans, artists, staff, and Country Music community,” the Country Music Association said in a statement.

Dreamland Festival
The weekend-long music and arts festival set to take place in Austin, Texas, has been canceled due to the spread of the coronavirus. The lineup included Dispatch as well as Alejandro Escovedo and Bob Schneider and His Band. The festival – a non-profit initiative – will return in 2021.

Dreamville Festival
The Raleigh, North Carolina, music festival set to take place on April 9th will now be held on August 29th. “While this decision has been extremely difficult to make, the safety of our fans, artists, and staff is always our top priority, and nothing will ever take precedent over your well-being,” reads a statement on the festival’s website.

Electric Daisy Carnival
The Las Vegas dance music festival has been postponed until October due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. “The team and I took every single factor into consideration: weather, hotel rates, talent availability, coordination with the Speedway and local officials, and most importantly, a date that would give us enough time for things to get back to normal so we can all come back stronger than ever,” Insomniac Founder Pasquale Rotella wrote in a statement posted on Instagram.

Electric Forest
The Michigan music and camping festival has been canceled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The festival was scheduled to celebrate its 10th anniversary in June. “We are stronger as a community than we are as individuals,” reads a statement from Forest HQ. “Knowing that we will all gather again soon will remain a bright spark and a guiding light – and we will build our moment together.”

The North California music festival has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. This year’s lineup included Metallica, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Godsmack, Disturbed and David Lee Roth. “There are no pre-existing guidelines for what festivals should be doing during this unprecedented time,” Danny Wimmer Presents said in a statement. “Like the rest of the music industry, we continue to assess new information and make the best-educated decisions possible.”

Firefly Music Festival
The annual Delaware festival has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The 2020 lineup included Rage Against the Machine, Billie Eilish, Halsey and Khalid. “In these unprecedented times, we send you our love,” the festival wrote in a statement.  “Thank you for your support and we look forward to welcoming you in the Woodlands in June 2021 where we will dance, sing and celebrate live music together.”

Glastonbury Festival
The U.K. festival scheduled for June 24th through 28th has been canceled. The 2020 lineup included Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney, Kendrick Lamar, Diana Ross, Haim and Dua Lipa. “Clearly this was not a course of action we hoped to take for our 50th anniversary event, but following the new government measures announced this week – and in times of such unprecedented uncertainty – this is now our only viable option,” the festival wrote in a statement from organizers Michael Eavis and Emily Eavis.

Jazz Fest
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has been postponed to this fall on account of the coronavirus pandemic. “The health and safety of the community, our musicians, festival fans, participants, sponsors and staff are paramount,” festival organizers said in a statement. “And we urge everyone to follow the guidelines and protocols put forth by public health officials.”

Knotfest Japan
It’s been four years since Slipknot last brought their heavy-metal festival to Chiba, Japan, and fans must now wait a little longer due to coronavirus concerns. “We are working with Slipknot and their management team on the new dates and will provide updates and announcements on the Knottiest Japan website and socials as details are confirmed,” organizers said in a statement. Korn, Marilyn Manson, Coldrain, Anthrax, Man With a Mission, Babymetal, and others were also scheduled to perform.

Korea Times Music Festival
The annual Los Angeles festival, which was slated for April 25th, was postponed due to travel restrictions in Asia. “It is with deepest regret that we announce the postponement of the 18th KTMF scheduled on April 25th, 2020, due to current travel restrictions in Asia,” the organizers said in a statement. “We truly apologize for the inconvenience to those who have been looking forward to this event and ask for your kind understanding.”

Lovers & Friends
The Los Angeles festival featuring Lauryn Hill, Usher and TLC will now take place on August 8th rather than May 8th and 9th due to the spread of the coronavirus. “All purchasers will be notified in the next few days with details about their order,” reads a statement on Twitter.

Memphis in May
The month-long international festival has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Beale Street Music Festival, International Salute to Ghana, World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest and the Great American River Run will all be rescheduled. “As these are unprecedented times for all of us, Memphis in May encourages all of our fans, supporters and volunteers to stay safe and continue to follow recommendations of health officials,” the festival said in a statement.

Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival
The Columbus, Ohio, festival has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. This year’s lineup included Metallica, Slipknot, Bring Me The Horizon and Evanescence. “There are no pre-existing guidelines for what festivals should be doing during this unprecedented time,” Danny Wimmer Presents said in a statement. “Like the rest of the music industry, we continue to assess new information and make the best-educated decisions possible.”

South by Southwest
Representatives for the city of Austin officially confirmed on March 6th that the annual festival is canceled, marking the first time in 34 years that it will not take place. “It’s really unfortunate to be canceling South by Southwest,” Austin Mayor Steve Adler told the media. “It’s a really important event to our city in a lot of ways, tied to who we are in this city, but I really look forward to the next iteration of South by when it comes back again.”

Spoleto Festival USA
The annual Charleston, South Carolina, performing arts festival has been canceled. “To continue plans in the face of COVID-19 would be irresponsible to our artists, audience members, volunteers, and staff, and to Charleston itself,” said General Director Nigel Redden in a statement. “We will be ready to celebrate the arts and Charleston again in 2021 when we all hope our world returns to normal.”

Summerfest Milwaukee
While the summer festival had previously been postponed until September 2020, it has now been canceled due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding large gatherings and the continued threat of the coronavirus. “We cannot in good conscience proceed with the festival this year,” said Don Smiley, President and CEO of Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. “The immediate future presents multiple levels of risk for our fans, and we choose the side of safety.”

Tribeca Film Festival
The annual New York film festival has been delayed due to the spread of the coronavirus. “It is in our DNA to march forward while caring about our community,” reads a statement on the festival’s website. “We have made the difficult decision to postpone the 19th annual Tribeca Film Festival (April 15th-26th) based on the announcement by Gov. Andrew Cuomo that events of 500 people or more are banned due to the spread of the novel coronavirus.”

Ultra Music Festival
The Miami festival has been vibrating since 1999, but it was canceled last week due to concerns over coronavirus spreading — making it the first major festival to do so. Afrojack, Major Lazer, Zedd, David Guetta, Flume, DJ Snake, Armin Van Buuren, and others were set to perform.

“We completely understand how extremely frustrating this is because so many of you are looking forward to coming to Ultra, having already made travel arrangements,” the festival wrote on its website. “This is, however, an unprecedented issue that is not being taken lightly, and we must continue to defer to the authorities for guidance. Ultimately, there is no higher priority for us than the health, safety, and physical well-being of each of you, together with everyone else involved in the production of the event.”

Welcome to Rockville
The weekend-long rock festival set to take place in Daytona Beach, Florida, has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The 2020 lineup included Metallica, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Godsmack, Disturbed and David Lee Roth. “There are no pre-existing guidelines for what festivals should be doing during this unprecedented time,” Danny Wimmer Presents said in a statement. “Like the rest of the music industry, we continue to assess new information and make the best-educated decisions possible.”

Winter Music Conference 
In the wake of Florida Gov. Ron Desanti’s state-of-emergency declaration on March 9th, the annual Miami conference has been postponed. “After spending the past 10 months preparing for the event with our team, panelists, and event partners, we are profoundly disappointed,” the conference wrote on its website. “However, there is nothing more important than the health, safety, and physical well-being of our attendees and employees.”


Against Me!
The band’s co-headlining May tour with Baroness has been canceled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. “My definite hope is that this tour does still happen at some point in the future when able,” said frontwoman Laura Jane Grace in a statement. “Until then, everyone please stay safe, sane and healthy.”

Alice Cooper
The singer’s spring North American tour has been postponed to the fall, though new dates have not yet been released. “Due to the current concerns regarding COVID-19, the health and safety of our fans, local venue staffs, as well as the health and safety of our band and crew, is of utmost priority,” reads a statement.

The Allman Betts Band
The Southern rockers have postponed their remaining March tour dates. “We are looking at options to reschedule dates and appreciate your patience while determining next steps. As soon as we have additional info to share, we will,” the band said in a statement to fans. “Stay safe and follow the guidelines in your community — we all need to do our part to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and look out for each other.”

Bad Religion
The band has canceled all touring for the foreseeable future due to the ongoing threat of the coronavirus pandemic. The band was originally set to tour in North America Japan, and Europe. “When it is safe for all of us to gather together, we will return,” the band said in a statement. “Until then, be safe, and take care of each other.”

Bikini Kill
The riot grrrl band’s reunion has been put on hold due to concerns about the coronavirus. The March leg of the tour has been postponed. “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,” the band wrote on Twitter.

Billie Eilish
Three dates into the North American leg of her Where Do We Go? World Tour, the singer postponed the rest of the trek. “Details on postponed dates to be announced soon,” read a statement on Twitter.

Bob Weir and Wolf Bros
The trio, led by Grateful Dead founding member Weir, had previously rescheduled spring tour dates for October. However, due to the ongoing threat of the coronavirus pandemic, the tour has now been canceled. “The health, well-being and safety of everyone in our live music continues to be our priority,” Weir said in a joint statement with Wolf Bros Don Was and Jay Lane. “We thank you for your continued understanding, support and love.”

Bon Jovi
The band has canceled its 2020 tour which was originally set to kick off in early June. “Given these difficult times, we have made the decision to cancel the tour entirely,” reads a statement from the band. “This will enable ticket holders to get refunds to help pay their bills or buy groceries.”

Blake Shelton
With only five more dates left, the country star postponed the remainder of his tour. “Please take care of yourself and your loved ones,” Shelton said in a statement. “You can bet we’ll see you back here soon!”

The K-pop superstars canceled a string of tour dates planned for South Korea. The concerts, set to take place at the Seoul Olympic Stadium, were meant to kick off the group’s world tour in support of its newly released Map of the Soul: 7 album. “While we hope that the situation will improve, we must take into consideration the health and safety of hundreds of thousands of guests as well as our artists and the dire impact a last-minute cancellation may have on guests from overseas, production companies, and staff,” the group’s management company, Big Hit Entertainment, said in a statement to Rolling Stone. 

Carnegie Hall
Effective March 13th, all events at the New York venue are canceled. Among the affected shows is The Music of Carly Simon, a tribute concert honoring the singer-songwriter. “We thank you for your patience as we navigate this evolving situation together,” reads a statement on the venue’s website.

Céline Dion
The singer’s remaining Courage world tour dates have been postponed. Rescheduled dates are expected to be announced soon.

The singer’s Here We Go Again Tour, featuring Nile Rodgers and Chic, has been postponed until September. “I’m heartbroken,” Cher wrote in a statement to fans, “but the health of my fans and my touring family comes first. The shows have been really special, but nothing is more important than everybody’s safety.”

Chris Stapleton
The country singer postponed the next two weekends of his All-American Road Show due to the spread of the coronavirus. “The health and well-being of our families and communities is our number one priority,” read a statement from Chris and Morgane Stapleton. “We look forward to seeing you soon. Until then, our hope is that you all stay safe and well.”

Courtney Love and Melissa Auf der Maur
The former Hole members were set to perform together for the first time in eight years at Planned Parenthood’s Bans Off My Body benefit concert, which has now been postponed due to coronavirus concerns. “We look forward to fulfilling the goals of the evening as soon as we can responsibly do so,” Feminist Institute President Kathleen Landy said in a statement. “Many thanks to all our friends and supporters for staying the course with us!”

Dan + Shay
After the country duo was forced to cancel their recent Philadelphia show, they have decided to postpone the remainder of their spring arena tour. The new trek will kick off in July and wrap up in October. “We want the shows to be memorable,” the duo wrote in a statement, “and not experienced with fear.”

Dead and Company
The jam band has canceled its 17-date summer tour due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Fans will receive full refunds for their purchases. “We are thankful for your understanding and we look forward to the day when we can all be reunited,” the band said in a statement.  In the meantime, keep the faith and believe in the power of music. We will return. We will get by. We will survive.”

Elton John
The remaining dates of the star’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour have been postponed until 2021 due to the ongoing threat of the coronavirus. “This tough decision has been made with the continued safety and well-being of his fans at a time when health services are under increased pressure and with the concern that these gatherings continue to risk accelerating the spread of the coronavirus,” his team wrote in a tweet.

Eurovision Song Contest
The 65th contest has been canceled due to the spread of the coronavirus. “We would ask people to bear with us while we work through the ramifications of this unprecedented decision,” the European Broadcasting Union said in a statement.

Foo Fighters
The band’s 25th-anniversary tour, originally set to kick off in April, has been postponed. New dates have been scheduled for October and December 2020. Frontman Dave Grohl issued a statement: “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.”

Graham Nash
Nash kicked off his tour on March 4th, but has canceled remaining dates. “We have been in close contact with our concert promoters and they, in turn, have been in contact with their local authorities,” the former CSNY member said. “We have collectively determined that it is in the best interest of our audience and ourselves to postpone the next few dates until the present health crisis has abated. Please check with your venues for an announcement of the rescheduled date. I encourage my audience to be vigilant in caring for themselves and their loved ones.”

Green Day
The band postponed its March tour in Asia — which included stops in Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, Taipei, Hong Kong, South Korea, and Japan — due to concerns about health and travel. “We know it sucks, as we were looking forward to seeing you all,” the band wrote on Twitter, “but hold onto your tickets we’ll be announcing new dates very soon.” 

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
The singer-songwriter has rescheduled four March tour dates. The shows included stops in Alabama, Georgia and Flordia. “Tickets that have already been purchased will be valid for the new shows,” Isbell wrote in a Tweet. Isbell’s spring tour dates remain unaffected at this time.

The band has decided to cancel its 2020 tour due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. “After carefully reviewing all options, the decision has been made to cancel the entire tour to make it possible for the band’s legion of hardworking fans to immediately obtain access to refund options during these unforeseen and extremely challenging times,” reads a statement on the band’s website.

Justin Bieber
The singer has postponed his 2020 Changes Tour due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The tour was set to kick off on May 14th in Seattle. The rescheduled dates will be announced soon. “While Justin – along with his band, dancers and crew – has been hard at work preparing an amazing show, he has always put the health and well-being of his fans first and foremost,” reads a statement. “Justin is anxiously awaiting the opportunity to get back out on the road and perform in a space that is safe for everyone.”

Kenny Chesney
The country singer postponed the start of his Chillaxification Tour. Currently, 11 tour dates have been affected. “In times of uncertainty, I won’t take chances with those I love,” Chesney said in a statement. “I can’t imagine, as much as we love being out there playing for the fans, being able to do that through the worry our nation is facing.”

Kent State 50th Commemoration Events
The benefit concert honoring the massacre’s 50th anniversary has been canceled, along with all other commemorative events. David Crosby and Joe Walsh were the scheduled headliners. “A meaningful virtual May 4 Commemoration program is under development, and details will be announced at a later time,” the university said in a statement.

While fans still get to see the band out on their End of the Road Tour, all meet-and-greets have been canceled due to concerns surrounding the spread of the coronavirus. “We have been advised to temporarily cancel these events given the reality that we do this nightly for a hundred or more fans,” manager Doc McGhee said in a statement, according to Blabbermouth. “Shows will continue as scheduled and we look forward to resuming our time with you backstage.”

In the latest cancellation of her ill-fated Madame X tour, the pop legend canceled her final two shows in Paris, citing concerns over the ongoing pandemic. “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 March 10th and March 11th are forced to be canceled,” reads a statement on her website. “We regret the disappointment to fans.”

Miranda Lambert
The country singer has postponed her upcoming spring Wildcard Tour dates. The tour will resume this October in Spokane, Washington. “We’re gonna come out of this fired up and more ready than ever to bring it,” Lambert wrote in a statement on Twitter. “Stay safe out there and see you soon.”

Modern English
The new-wave icons are postponing their 40th-anniversary tour due to the coronavirus. The band planned to play its 1982 album After the Snow in full. “We all need to take the utmost care of each other and especially support the medical staff and key workers who are striving to save us all,” bandmember Mick Conroy said in a statement. “Please stay at home. The plan is to reconvene in Septemeber.”

My Chemical Romance
The newly reunited band has postponed upcoming tour dates in Japan due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. “We are terribly sad to postpone, and even more distressed about what is happening the world over,” the band wrote in a statement on its website. “Take good care and we hope to see you all as soon as possible. Please be good to each other.”

The National 
The National have canceled two upcoming shows in Tokyo. While the band held back on name-checking the virus in its tweet announcing the decision, it said it made the decision “in the interest of public safety.” For fans who planned to attend, ticket refunds will be available at the point of purchase from March 3rd until March 31st. “We look forward to returning in the future and performing for our friends in Japan,” the National said.

Pearl Jam
One week before launching their spring tour in support of their new album, Gigaton, Pearl Jam announced a postponement. “As residents of the city of Seattle, we’ve been hit hard and have witnessed firsthand how quickly these disastrous situations can escalate,” the band wrote on its website. “Our kids’ schools have closed along with universities and businesses. It’s been brutal and it’s gonna get worse before it gets better. We have and will always keep the safety and well-being of our supporters as top priority.”

Pussy Riot
The Russian punk band was supposed to embark on its spring tour on March 13th, but postponed all dates until further notice.

Record Store Day 2020
The annual event that celebrates independent record stores around the world has been postponed to June 20th.

The Rolling Stones
The band’s No Filter Tour was slated to return to North America this May. Due to concerns about the coronavirus, the shows will be rescheduled. “We’re hugely disappointed to have to postpone the tour,” the band said in a statement. “We are sorry to all the fans who were looking forward to it as much as we were, but the health and safety of everyone has to take priority. We will all get through this together – and we’ll see you very soon.”

Days before the band’s Miraculous 2020 World Tour was scheduled to kick off in Bologna, Italy, the European tour has been canceled in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. “While we deeply regret this unfortunate circumstance, the safety of our fans is the main priority for the Santana organization,” Michael Vrionis, president of Universal Tone Management, said in a statement. “We will keep you all informed of new performance dates as they are made.” The band has also cancelled its upcoming May performances at House of Blues Las Vegas.

Sebastian Bach
The singer has rescheduled the second leg of his tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of Skid Row. “I was really looking forward to rocking out with you all this spring, but multiple cities along the tour have forced public gathering cancelations, which is beyond my control,” Bach said in a statement. “It is also very important to me that my family, my band and crew and my extended family AKA my fans stay safe and healthy.”

Sofar Sounds
The concert-staging company known for bringing artists and fans together in intimate settings has canceled all upcoming shows into April. “Though we’re putting shows on hold, we are working on other ways to support local musicians during this time,” reads a statement on the company’s website.

The rock band’s 2020 tour in support of their new album, Trust The River, has been cancelled. Fans who have purchased tickets are eligible for refunds, and the band will resume touring in 2021.

Steve Aoki
The remaining dates of the DJ’s Color of Noise Tour have been postponed. “Not only did the local health authorities and governments recommend this, but I also want to make sure you all stay safe from the COVID-19 virus,” Aoki said in a statement.

In March, the British rapper became the first Western act to postpone a tour in Asia, which included shows in South Korea, Japan, China, Malaysia, and Singapore. “I was seriously looking forward to bringing the #HITH [Heavy Is the Heart] World Tour to Asia and playing some epic sold-out shows,” he wrote on Instagram. “But due to the ongoing health and travel concerns surrounding the coronavirus, I’m regrettably having to reschedule this leg of the tour.”

Sturgill Simpson
The remainder of the country singer’s headlining tour with Tyler Childers has been rescheduled. “We take the health of our fans, band, crew, tour partners and venue staff very seriously and want everyone to stay safe,” read a statement on Simpson’s website.

Taylor Swift
The star’s 2020 tour dates – including Lover Fests – have been cancelled. Her U.S shows will now take place in 2021. “Im so sad I won’t be able to see you guys in concert this year, but I know this is the right decision,” Swift wrote in a tweet. “Please, please stay healthy and safe. I’ll see you on stage as soon as I can but right now what’s important is committing to this quarantine, for the sake of all of us.”

Third Eye Blind
The spring leg of the band’s Screamer tour has been rescheduled and will resume May 31st. “We all need to be part of the solution and not the spread,” frontman Stephan Jenkins said in a statement. “In the meantime, stay chill, wash your hands, drink plenty of water, and look out for your grandparents.”

They Might Be Giants
Two months into the band’s tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of its album Flood, They Might Be Giants rescheduled their March and April shows for later dates this year. “While we have not been instructed by any authority, we feel it is the responsible thing to do,” the band wrote in a statement on Twitter. “Let’s all stay calm and wash our hands early and often.”

The Who
The English rock band has postponed its upcoming U.K. and Ireland tour, which was scheduled to kick off March 16th. “The fans’ safety is paramount, and given the developing coronavirus situation, the band felt that they had no option but to postpone the shows,” read a statement on the Who’s website. “If one fan caught coronavirus at a Who concert, it would be one too many,” Pete Townshend said in the statement.

The band’s tour in support of its recent album, Ode to Joy, has been postponed. The affected shows include stops in Seattle, Vancouver, Portland, Oregon, Las Vegas, and California. “Every effort is being made to reschedule the dates later in the year and we’ll be in touch with more information shortly,” reads a statement on the band’s website.

Yes canceled a handful of U.S tour dates, including the postponed Cruise to the Edge, a prog-rock cruise named after their song “Close to the Edge.” “We are full of regret, as we’ve been preparing for these shows with maximum excitement,” guitarist Steve Howe wrote on the band’s website.

Zac Brown Band
After playing five stops of their spring 2020 Owl Tour, the band decided to postpone the remaining dates due to public-health concerns. “This was an extremely difficult decision, but the well-being of our fans is always our top priority,” Zac Brown Band wrote in a statement. Currently, the band’s summer 2020 Roar With the Lions Tour is still expected to run as scheduled, commencing May 24th in Gilford, New Hampshire.


Billboard Music Awards
The annual awards show – which was to be hosted by Kelly Clarkson – is postponed. “For more than two decades, the Billboard Music Awards has honored the best in music based on the Billboard charts, and we look forward to celebrating the incredible artists who topped those charts over the past year,” read a statement from dick clark productions and NBC.

iHeart Radio Music Awards
The annual awards show, which was scheduled to air on March 29th, has been postponed. “The safety of our guests, employees, artists and partners is our main priority,” reads a statement on iHeart Radio’s website.

The JUNO Awards
The 49th annual Canadian music awards ceremony has been canceled due to concerns about the coronavirus. “We are devastated to cancel this national celebration of music, but at this time of global uncertainty, the health, safety, and well-being of all Canadians must stand at the forefront of any decisions that impact our communities,” reads a statement on the event’s website.

Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards 
The 2020 ceremony, which was to be hosted by Chance the Rapper, has been postponed. “The Kids’ Choice Awards scheduled for March 22nd, 2020, in Los Angeles is being postponed in consideration of the safety and well-being of every person involved in the show, which is our top priority,” Nickelodeon said in a statement, according to The Hollywood Reporter.


Cruise to the Edge
The prog-rock cruise was supposed to take off on March 27th, but announced its postponement on March 12th. “It is our hope that with the world working together to control the escalation of this virus, we will be able to reschedule for the fall of 2020 or spring of 2021,” the cruise said in a statement. “But nothing is etched in stone until we get a better read on the government’s efforts to control the virus.”


The upcoming horror film starring Janelle Monae will no longer premiere on April 24th. A new release date has not been determined. “We look forward to having audiences experience our movies when this challenging moment is behind us,” Lionsgate said in a statement. The studio has also postponed the releases of Run and Spiral, according to the statement.

Black Widow
The Marvel film starring Scarlett Johansson will no longer be released on May 1st. A new premiere date has not been announced.

The crime drama’s fourth season will no longer air this April. “Due to the postponement of production related to the coronavirus, the fourth installment of FX’s award-winning limited series Fargo will no longer premiere on Sunday, April 19th,” FX Networks said in a statement. “A new premiere date will be determined one production resumes.”

Fast & Furious 9
Fans of the saga will have to wait until April 2021 to see the latest installment. “While we know there is disappointment in having to wait a little while longer, this move is made with the safety of everyone as our foremost consideration, ” read a statement on Facebook. “Moving will allow our global family to experience our new chapter together.”

The Lovebirds
Paramount Pictures has delayed the release of its upcoming romantic comedy starring Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae. The film was originally intended to premiere at South by Southwest, which has also been canceled. A new release date has not yet been set.

Minions: The Rise of Gru
Universal and Illumination have canceled the release of the animated sequel. A new date has not been set. “While we all grapple with the enormity of this crisis, we must put the safety and protection of our employees above all,” Illumination Founder Chris Meledandri said in a statement.

Disney has delayed the release of the live-action remake of its 1998 animated classic. The film, starring Yifei Lui, was set for release in theaters on March 27th. An updated release date has not yet been announced.

No Time to Die
The 25th James Bond film, which was set to premiere on March 31st in London, has been postponed. Its release has been rescheduled for November 12th in the U.K., with a North Amerian release date of November 25th. A statement provided on the James Bond social media pages reads: “After careful consideration and thorough evaluation of the global theatrical marketplace, the release of No Time to Die will be postponed until November 2020.”

Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway
The live-action/CGI follow-up was due for U.S. release on April 3rd. Now, amid growing concerns about the coronavirus, Sony has rescheduled the release for August 7th, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The family film stars James Corden as the voice of the beloved bunny.

A Quiet Place Part II
The release of John Krasinski and Emily Blunt’s upcoming thriller has been delayed. The film’s North Amerian release was originally set for March 20th. A new date has yet to be announced. “One of the things I’m most proud of is that people have said our movie is one you have to see all together,” Krasinski wrote on Instagram. “Well, due to the ever-changing circumstances of what’s going on in the world around us, now is clearly not the right time to do that.”


Major League Baseball has delayed the 2020 season’s Opening Day by “at least two weeks,” in addition to canceling all spring training games. “This action is being taken in the interest of the safety and well-being of our players, clubs, and our millions of loyal fans,” MLB said in a statement. “MLB will continue to evaluate ongoing events leading up to the start of the season.”

After Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell tested positive for the coronavirus, the National Basketball Association suspended the remainder of its season. “The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic,” the league said in a statement on its website. 

The National Collegiate Athletic Association has canceled its Division I men’s and women’s 2020 basketball tournaments. “The decision is based on our evolving COVID-19 public-health threat, our ability to ensure the events do not contribute to spread of the pandemic, and the impracticality of hosting such events at any time during this academic year given ongoing decisions by other entities,” reads a statement on the NCAA’s website.

The National Hockey League suspended its season due to the pandemic, the New York Post reported. “Our goal is to resume play as soon as it is appropriate and prudent, so that we will be able to complete the season and award the Stanley Cup,” the league said in a statement. “Until then, we thank NHL fans for your patience and hope you stay healthy.”

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