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Concerns over the ongoing coronavirus outbreak have dramatically upended what was originally going to be a busy year of music tours and events. With the World Health Organization officially declaring a pandemic this week, more and more major concerts and festivals are being postponed or canceled, from Coachella to BTS and Billie Eilish's tours.
Below, see all of the music-related disruptions tied to COVID-19 fears — and check out our roundup of movies and TV shows affected as well. We will continue to update the list as more inevitable cancellations occur.
Eilish's Where Do We Go? World Tour, one of the year's most hotly anticipated treks, came to a halt after just three shows. The remaining North American dates are now being rescheduled, with Eilish saying in a statement, "I'm so sad to do this but we need to postpone these dates to keep everyone safe. Please keep yourselves healthy. I love you."
Live Nation Tours
Concert promoters Live Nation and AEG have hit pause on all large-scale tours in the U.S. and abroad until April and are asking artists overseas to head home. The schedules will reportedly be reevaluated in April with the hopes of resuming tours in the summer. Affected acts include Eilish, Cher, and Post Malone.
Fresh off the release of his debut album Walls, the singer has had to reschedule his European tour after performing just two shows. The dates have now been moved to August.
Australia's World Tour Bushfire Relief concert was canceled after headliner Cyrus was forced to withdraw due to travel concerns. Lil Nas X and The Veronicas were also set to perform at the now-canceled benefit, originally scheduled for the weekend of March 14 in Melbourne.
In February, the K-pop phenoms decided to scrap the mid-April kickoff dates of the Map of the Soul tour in their native Korea. Then, on March 26, the group announced that they are rescheduling the tour's North American dates as well. That run of shows was slated to launch on April 25, with shows in California, Dallas, Orlando, Atlanta, New Jersey, Washington D.C., Toronto, and Chicago. For now, the rest of the world tour — which includes a run of European dates in July — remains on schedule.
Tove has rescheduled the remaining European dates on her Sunshine Kitty Tour to September. She tweeted, "I have been looking forward to these shows for so long, but it has become unsafe and impossible for all of us to continue as planned."
The rockers were among the first acts to nix several planned shows in places affected by the coronavirus, including Singapore, Seoul, Tokyo, and Hong Kong. No word yet on whether the band will proceed with the next leg of their tour, which is set to take them to Europe.
So much for being a Free Spirit — the singer has had to postpone his tour of Asia because of travel restrictions.
The band has sadly put the kibosh on their Las Vegas residency, which was slated for April 1-18. In a statement, the brothers wrote, "We did not make this decision lightly. ... We are SO sad to disappoint you guys, but it's important for everyone to do what we can to keep everyone healthy."
Much like the JoBros, Clarkson was scheduled to kick off her own Las Vegas residency show at Planet Hollywood on April 1, but has pushed her shows to July.
The "Say So" singer announced the postponement of her Hot Pink Tour on social media, writing in part, "New dates are being worked out and will be announced very soon! I promise the show is worth the wait! Stay tuned for updates, stay healthy out there, and I can't wait to see you soon!"
On March 24, Cabello posted a note to Instagram telling fans that she's made the difficult decision to postpone her Romance Tour. "I'm so sad at the thought of disappointing you," she wrote. "I was so excited to see you and hug you in person and sing these songs with you. We've been working on something really magical and special and I keep picturing your faces and I just wanted to bring you guys the dreamiest experience possible. I promise I'll see you and cuddle your faces off when it's safe and this all passes." The singer added that she and her team are doing their best to reschedule all dates.
JoJo's comeback was just getting underway with recent releases like "Man" and "Sabotage." While her new album Good To Know is still due on May 1, her accompanying tour, which was scheduled to begin on April 21, has been pushed back. The new run of dates will now kick off on November 1 in Seattle before wrapping on December 9 in Minneapolis. In a statement, the singer said, "It breaks my heart to have to postpone this tour. I was so excited to get on the road and play the new music for you guys, but everyone's safety and health of course comes first, and we have no choice but to do the right thing and reschedule for later this year. Until then we'll dance and sing together virtually!"
The Fine Line singer has postponed his extensive 2020 tour of the U.K. and Europe. The shows, which were scheduled for this spring, will now take place in 2021, with all tickets being honored for the new dates. Styles shared, "Anyone who knows me, knows that performing has always been my favorite part of working in music. However, during times like these, the safety and protection of touring crew, fans, and everyone else around the world is an immediate priority."
Justin Bieber has postponed his upcoming Changes Tour. The tour was expected to launch on May 14 and run all the way through December, taking JB through 45 cities across the U.S. and Canada. Kehlani and Jaden Smith were set to appear as opening acts.
Niall Horan will not be moving forward with his Nice To Meet Ya Tour and will be issuing refunds to fans who had previously purchased tickets. "This was a difficult decision, but the well-being of my fans and touring family is always my top priority," he said in a statement.
Our condolences, Little Monsters. Gaga's Chromatica was slated for release on April 10, but the pop icon announced on March 24 that it's been temporarily shelved. "It just doesn't feel right to me to release this album with all that is going on with this global pandemic," she explained in a statement. "Instead I prefer that we spend this time focusing on finding solutions."
Haim have certainly been on a tear lately, steadily releasing new singles like "The Steps." It was all building up to the planned release of Women In Music Pt. III on April 24, but the band has decided to scrap that date and postpone the project until "later this summer." Fortunately, they assured fans that they "are gonna be dropping some new tunes" in the meantime.
Smith's third album, To Die For, has moved to a June 5 release from its original May 1 date. Thankfully, they released a gorgeous acoustic version of the album's title track to hold fans over.
After recently dropping the single "Toxic," Kehlani revealed to fans that she had a release date for her sophomore album, but it's now been put on hold. "We're unable to complete any of our plans or move forward with the album at the moment due to the pandemic," she wrote. "Not thinking about music at the moment, focused on how to just be a good citizen to society at this time."
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Chicago is continuing to restrict outdoor events through Labor Day, and on June 9, it was announced that Lollapalooza, the city's biggest music event, was canceled. The lineup was never announced but, according to statement released on Lolla's Instagram, the festival will instead host a weekend-long livestream event from July 30–August 2.
Coachella and Stagecoach
Indio, California, will be much quieter than usual this spring. Festival organizers announced on March 10 that both Coachella and its sister fest, Stagecoach, had been postponed until October. And on June 10, Billboard reported that Coachella was canceled altogether.
South by Southwest
In a major blow to the Austin music community, the 2020 SXSW festival has canceled its entire event for the first time in its 34-year history.
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards
This month's slime-filled KCAs, which was set to be hosted by Chance the Rapper, have been postponed. Nickelodeon announced in a press release, "We will have further information about a new date in the future."
Capitol One JamFest
Taylor Swift was scheduled to headline JamFest in Atlanta on April 5, as part of the 2020 March Madness Music Festival. However, the event has been canceled, following news that the NCAA basketball tournament is also not happening. Notably, this was Tay's sole concert in the U.S. outside of her Lover Fest performances later this year.
The Juno Awards
The Junos, Canada's most prominent music awards show, will no longer happen, officials announced. Shawn Mendes, Alessia Cara, Justin Bieber, and more were up for awards.
Ultra Music Festival
Miami's three-day electronic music festival was scheduled for the weekend of March 20, but has now been "suspended" until next year.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
The Rock Hall has postponed its class of 2020 induction ceremony until later this year. The event was previously set for May 2 in Cleveland, honoring Nine Inch Nails, Whitney Houston, Notorious B.I.G., Depeche Mode, T. Rex, and the Doobie Brothers.
Quavo's Huncho Day on the Nawf
Migos rapper Quavo announced on Instagram that he is canceling his annual celebrity flag football game, originally slated for April 5. "We are disappointed, but feel strongly about doing our part to keep people safe and this virus contained. Thanks for your support and understanding," he wrote.
The festival — originally meant to take place later this month and set to feature headliners Lana Del Rey and Travis Scott — will be postponed until the second half of the year.
J. Cole's second annual Dreamville Festival, originally slated for April 4 in the rapper's native North Carolina, has been postponed until August 29.
Something In The Water
Pharrell's Virginia Beach Festival — which was set to include performances from the likes of Tyler, the Creator, Usher, and Chance the Rapper — has been canceled, organizers announced in a tweet. All tickets for 2020 will be honored at next year's festival, scheduled for April 23-25, 2021.
iHeartRadio Music Awards
The 2020 awards show, originally scheduled to air on March 29 from L.A., has been postponed until a later date. According to a statement from iHeartRadio, online voting for the awards will continue until March 23, with the Best Fan Army category remaining open until March 27. Winners will be announced shortly thereafter. Halsey, Lizzo, and Justin Bieber were among the acts scheduled to perform at this year's show, which was to be hosted by Usher.
The Eurovision Song Content has been canceled for the first time in its history. The 2020 event was set to touch down in Rotterdam, Netherlands, on May 12. The EBU said in a statement, "We are very proud that the Eurovision Song Contest has united audiences every year, without interruption, for the past 64 years and we, like the millions of fans around the world, are extremely saddened that it cannot take place in May."
The Tennessee festival has been postponed from its original June 11-14 dates. Organizers have announced that it will now take place September 24-27, and all current tickets will be honored for the new weekend. The previously announced lineup includes Lizzo, Tame Impala, Lana Del Rey, and Vampire Weekend.
Less than a week after announcing Kendrick Lamar as its final headliner — joining Taylor Swift and Sir Paul McCartney — Glastonbury has canceled its 2020 event. Tickets for this year will roll over into next year, the fest said in a statement.
BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend
Harry Styles, Camila Cabello, and Dua Lipa were set to perform at Radio 1's Big Weekend this May, but the U.K. festival will not go on.
On March 24, Firefly announced that this year's festival — slated for June 18-21 in Dover, Delaware — will no longer happen. Instead, those wanting to hit the Woodlands will have to wait until June 21. This year's festival was set to feature performances by Billie Eilish, Halsey, Khalid, Blink-182, and more.
This year's Governors Ball music festival in New York City has been canceled, it was announced on March 26. The annual bash was set to take place June 5-7 with headliners Tame Impala, Solange, Miley Cyrus, Vampire Weekend, and Missy Elliott. Organizers plan to return with a new festival in June 2021.
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