Festivals, Tours & Concerts
SXSW Conference & Festivals, Austin, TX, March 13–22
After tech companies and big-name speakers pulled out of the festival, SXSW was officially canceled on March 6 at the direction of the Austin government. Organisers are exploring the possibility of rescheduling sometime this year.
World Tour Bushfire Relief Concert: Melbourne, Australia, March 13
The World Tour Bushfire Relief Concert was canceled after Miley Cyrus withdrew from the event.
Tomorrowland Winter: Alpe d’Huez grand domaine Ski, France, March 14–21
The French edition of the Tomorrowland EDM festival was set to take place at the Alpe d’Huez grand domaine Ski. According to organizers, the festival was canceled after the French government placed a ban on all indoor gatherings totaling more than 5,000 people. Ticketholders have been offered refunds as well as discounts on tickets for future years.
Afro Nation Puerto Rico: San Juan, Puerto Rico, March 18–21
Afro Nation Puerto Rico, featuring Burna Boy, Chronixx, Davido, Fabolous, Rick Ross, and others, was canceled at the instruction of the Puerto Rico government.
Ultra Music Festival: Miami, FL, March 20–22
Ultra Music Festival was canceled “due to the Florida Governor’s declaration of a public health emergency and Centers of Disease Control and Prevention’s Interim Guidance for COVID-19,” organisers said. Ultra will not be offering refunds. Instead, ticketholders can choose to attend Ultra in 2021 or 2022.
Treefort Music Fest: Boise, ID, March 25–29
The event will be postponed until September 23–27. All original tickets will be respected and ticketholders are able to request refunds as well.
Big Ears Festival: Knoxville, TN, March 26-29
Big Ears Festival has been canceled. The festival announced that there are no plans to reschedule the fest for 2020 at this time. Ticketholders will be given the option to receive a refund or convert their purchase into a tax-deductible donation.
Mission Creek Festival 2020: Iowa City, IA, April 1–4
Iowa’s Mission Creek Festival was canceled due to a ban on large gatherings.
Coachella, CA, April 10–12 and 17–19
For just the second time, Coachella will take place in October. All original tickets will be honored for the rescheduled dates (October 9–11 and 16–18), and ticketholders will be able to obtain a refund if they wish. The announced headliners for Coachella 2020 are Rage Against the Machine, Frank Ocean, and Traivs Scott.
Stagecoach Festival: Indio, CA, April 24–26
Stagecoach is Goldenvoice’s country music counterpart to Coachella. And like its sister festival, Stagecoach has been moved to October, taking place from the 23rd to the 25th. All original tickets will be honored for the rescheduled dates, and ticketholders will be able to obtain a refund if they wish. Carrie Underwood, Thomas Rhett & Eric Church are the Stagecoach 2020 headliners.
Tribeca Film Festival: New York, NY, April 15-26
The 19th edition of New York’s Tribeca Film Festival has been postponed following Governor Andrew Cuomo’s ban on events exceeding 500 attendees.
The Miami edition of BPM Festival has been postponed until further notice. On March 13, the festival tweeted an announcement citing the spread of COVID-19 as the reason for postponing the event.
BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend 2020 Dundee: Dundee, Scotland, May 22–24
BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend, featuring Calvin Harris, Dua Lipa, Harry Styles, and Camila Cabello, among others, has been cancelled. 70,000 people were expected to attend.
Something In the Water Festival: Virginia Beach, VA, April 20-26
Pharrell Williams’ hometown festival Something In the Water will be canceled this year. Originally set to take place the weekend of April 24, the festival has announced it will return in 2021. Ticketholders’ passes will be honored next year; those who wish to get a refund will receive details.
Cannes International Film Festival
On March 19, the Cannes International Film Festival posted a press release on its website stating that the event cannot take place during its previously-scheduled dates of May 12-23.
The Strokes have postponed their concert at Los Angles’ the Forum. The performance was originally scheduled to take place on March 14, but has now been pushed back to May 29. The band has confirmed that all tickets will be honoured for the rescheduled date.
New Order have cancelled their March 15 concert at Forum Melbourne in Australia. “We are uncomfortable about playing in a packed, indoor venue,” the band tweeted. “It’s not a decision taken lightly and we do not lightly cancel shows but we have to take the health of the public and the band seriously.”
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival: April 23-May 3
On March 17, organizers of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival announced that the annual event would be postponed until the fall, though specific dates have not been set. The Who, Lizzo, Dead & Company, and Lionel Richie were among those set to headline the festival.
Glastonbury Festival: June 24-28
Less than a week after announcing Kendrick Lamar as its final headliner, Glastonbury canceled its 2020 festival. Tickets can be refunded or carried forward to next year’s prospective event.
BTS, Map Of The Soul Tour
BTS cancelled four shows at Seoul’s Olympic Stadium in the band’s native South Korea. The concerts were set for April 11, 12, 18, and 19. The band’s MAP OF THE SOUL TOUR is now scheduled to begin on May 4 at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Los Angeles, California. Ticketholders for the Seoul dates will be refunded.
Green Day, Solo Dates
In late February, Green Day postponed their Asian tour. The band was scheduled to perform in Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea, and Japan.
Madonna, Madame X
Madonna was forced to call off the last two dates of her Madame X Tour, which were scheduled to take place March 10 and 11 at Le Grand Rex in Paris. The shows were canceled after the French government placed a ban on any indoor gatherings totaling more than 1,000 people. Ticketholders can receive refunds at the point of purchase.
Pearl Jam, North American Tour 2020
Pearl Jam were set to begin their Gigaton Tour on March 18 in Toronto. The band announced the North American tour’s postponement on March 9. Ticketholders’ original tickets will be honored on the new North American dates. Pearl Jam still plan to begin their European tour in June.
Rage Against the Machine, first leg of tour
The first leg of Rage Against the Machine’s reunion tour, which was set to feature support from Run the Jewels, has been postponed. Their shows between March 26 and May 20 have been pushed back while their shows in July and August still stand.
Carlos Santana, Miraculous 2020 World Tour
On March 9, Carlos Santana and his band cancelled the European leg of their Miraculous 2020 World Tour. European ticketholders can access refunds at point of purchase. There is no word on the North American leg of the Miraculous 2020 World Tour. Earth, Wind & Fire are set to join Santana for the North American dates.
Underworld postponed their upcoming dates in Norway and Denmark.
My Chemical Romance, Japan Tour
The returning emo lynchpins have postponed their Japan shows scheduled for later this month. In a statement on Twitter, they wrote that they made the decision on the advice of a promoter. They reassured fans that the dates would be rescheduled soon. On March 12, MCR tweeted that all Australian and New Zealand dates would be postponed.
The Who, UK Tour
The Who postponed their UK tour Thursday (March 12), four days before it was due to begin in Manchester.
Pussy Riot were originally meant to kick off their 2020 North American tour on March 12, however the trek was postponed that same day due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19. The tour is meant to be rescheduled for later this year.
Billie Eilish has postponed March tour dates of her Where Do We Go? World Tour in response to the coronavirus outbreak. No details have been announced with respect to when the rescheduled concerts will take place. On the same day (March 12) that Eilish announced the postponements, Live Nation suspended all of its tours until the end of March.
Bob Dylan has been forced to pull out of his planned Japan dates following new guidance from the Prime Minister urging that concerts and events scheduled for the spring get canceled.
Céline Dion, COURAGE WORLD TOUR
Céline Dion cancelled 14 North American shows from March 24 through April 27, 2020. Ticketholders are being asked to hold onto their tickets as Dion figures out new dates.
Their 2020 Van Tour was scheduled to span through April, revisiting cities the band played on the 1995 trek behind their eponymous debut album. The rescheduled dates, along with a brand new album, are set for later this year.
A portion of Elton John’s ongoing farewell tour has been pushed back to 2021. His series of North American dates beginning in March in Indianapolis and ending in May in Detroit has been affected, with his shows through July remaining as scheduled.
The North American dates behind Mandy Moore’s comeback record Silver Landings have been postponed.
Guns N’ Roses
Guns N’ Roses have rescheduled rescheduled their South American concerts. The four dates will now take place in November and December. The group have also postponed their Costa Rica concert, although the new date has not yet been announced.
Major Lazer have cancelled their Soundsystem City Takeover, which included dates in New York City, Berlin, Amsterdam, London, and Paris.
The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones’ have cancelled their upcoming NO FILTER North American tour, scheduled to kick off May 8 in San Diego.
Stereolab, North American Tour
Stereolab’s NA tour, scheduled to kick off in Miami on May 1, has been postponed until further notice.
Carnegie Hall (New York City)
Carnegie Hall has cancelled all programming for the month of March, from March 13 onward. This includes all scheduled concerts, education programming, Carnegie Hall Citywide performances, and other events. Find a list of impacted events here.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2020 Induction Ceremony
The Rock Hall induction ceremony, originally scheduled for May 2, has been postponed.
2020 WFMU Record Fair
The 2020 WFMU Record Fair was scheduled to take place at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint from April 24–26. The event was cancelled due to New York’s restrictions on large gatherings.
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