Last night, the NBA suspended its entire season after a player on the Utah Jazz tested positive for coronavirus. This seems likely to spell doom for any large public gatherings of people in the immediate future, something that will hit the music world especially hard. The coronavirus epidemic has already led to cancellations or postponements of massive events like SXSW and Coachella. Today, we’re looking at a flood of similar announcements, and we’ll keep you updated as we get them. (UPDATE: Concert promoters Live Nation and AEG have both paused live music operations globally.)
• The Who were scheduled to start a tour of the UK and Ireland on Monday, and they have since announced that the tour is postponed. In a statement, singer Roger Daltrey says that the shows “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.”
• My Chemical Romance have postponed the Japanese leg of their reunion tour indefinitely. They also postponed their Australian and New Zealand concerts. That means that, naturally, openers Deftones will also not perform.
— My Chemical Romance (@MCRofficial) March 12, 2020
— My Chemical Romance (@MCRofficial) March 12, 2020
• Bikini Kill have postponed their planned tour dates in the Pacific Northwest.
Important update: pic.twitter.com/YbN07wpFZo
— Bikini Kill (@theebikinikill) March 11, 2020
• Billie Eilish has postponed all of her North American tour dates through the end of March.
"i’m so sad to do this but we need to postpone these dates to keep everyone safe. we’ll let you know when they can be rescheduled. please keep yourselves healthy. i love you.” – Billie (2/4)
— billie eilish (@billieeilish) March 12, 2020
• Former Hole bandmates Courtney Love and Melissa Auf Der Maur were planning to play a reunion show, a benefit for Planned Parenthood, in New York this Saturday. They have postponed it, and no new date has been set.
• Disclosure have cancelled their American tour, where they were going to DJ in intimate venues.
Due to unforeseen circumstances we‘re unable to play all the European and US upcoming DJ shows scheduled for March and April. We feel it’s for the best to reschedule all of these club sets when we can play them all properly…
— Disclosure (@disclosure) March 10, 2020
• Melted Music Fest in Columbus, Ohio — which was set to feature people like Oh Sees, Protomartyr, Twin Peaks, Mikal Cronin, Windhand, and Control Top, has been cancelled, though organizers are looking into rescheduling it.
• Miley Cyrus has cancelled her bushfire-relief benefit concert in Melbourne, which was also set to feature Lil Nas X, the Veronicas, and Seb Fontaine.
Australia: Due to the recommendations of local, state, federal and international government authorities, including the Center for Disease Control, to reduce potential health risks in response to the current global health crisis, we are no longer traveling to Aus for the show.
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) March 10, 2020
I am so disappointed to not be there, but I have to do what is right to protect the health and safety of my band and crew. I will still be making a donation to help the victims of the Australian bush fire. I’m sorry to miss everyone in Australia, but I will be back soon.
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) March 10, 2020
• Pixies, in the midst of an Australian tour, have postponed the rest of their dates.
Important – a message to our fans in Brisbane, Sydney & Perth. pic.twitter.com/8fiLeHspqh
— PIXIES (@PIXIES) March 12, 2020
• They Might Be Giants have rescheduled a series of planned East Coast dates, which will now happen later in the year.
We have rescheduled some shows! pic.twitter.com/PRx0pOryqn
— They Might Be Giants (@tmbg) March 11, 2020
• Washington, DC’s Made In The DMV conference, set for this weekend, is postponed.
— MadeInTheDMV (@madeinthedmv) March 12, 2020
• Adam Green’s upcoming tour with Nation Of Language is cancelled.
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Driving to Cleveland I had a bunch of calls w my booking agent and my family, and it looks like the tour is cancelled and we have to return home to nyc— We’re now on the road in the middle of a pandemic, and one of the things that's going to help us get through this is to stop gathering in crowds. I’d been pushing myself to do the rest of this tour, but I realize it can't be at the risk of making things worse. Sorry to everyone who had bought tickets and was looking forward to us coming to your town. I will try to reschedule as much of this as possible once the world is healthier. I’d like to thank Nation of Language for coming out on tour with us – I was so happy we got to do Boston, Montreal, and Toronto together. We wish we could keep going, but Coronavirus has left us with no choice but to do what feels right.
• Ween’s March Mitzvah weekend has been rescheduled to October.
— Ween (@weeninfo) March 12, 2020
• The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame’s 5/2 induction ceremony in Cleveland has been postponed, Rolling Stone reports.
• Lollapalooza Argentina will be pushed back to the second half of the year.
— Lollapalooza AR (@lollapaloozaar) March 12, 2020
• Chris Stapleton has postponed his March tour dates.
• Michael Bublé has postponed his spring tour dates.
Michael's run of US tour dates beginning March 17th through April 5th have been postponed, with new dates in the same markets to be announced shortly. Tickets will be honored for the rescheduled shows. pic.twitter.com/VImYY4Co9r
— Michael Bublé (@MichaelBuble) March 12, 2020
• A good chunk of Wilco’s dates in the Western US are postponed.
Every effort is being made to reschedule dates later in the year and we'll be in touch with more information shortly. Stay tuned to https://t.co/fCTwKatIc4 for updates. Take care of each other and stay safe.
— WILCO (@Wilco) March 12, 2020
Calgary, Missoula and SLC shows are currently scheduled to go on.
— WILCO (@Wilco) March 12, 2020
• Cher’s “Here We Go Again” tour has been suspended.
• Kenny Chesney’s initial Chillaxification dates are postponed. You’ll have to chillaxificate at home.
• The British/Scottish/Irish country music festival Country 2 Country is postponed.
— Country2Country (@C2Cfestival) March 12, 2020
• Luck Reunion, the so-called anti-festival that’s put on by Willie Nelson during SXSW, has also been cancelled. “Turn out the lights. The party’s over,” they wrote in a statement. “We’re lucked if we don’t…for now.”
— Luck Reunion (@LuckReunion) March 12, 2020
• Capitol One’s JamFest, which was Taylor Swift’s only American show outside of her LoverFest tour dates, has been cancelled.
• Bob Dylan’s Japanese tour, which was scheduled to take place from 4/1-4/24, has been cancelled. A statement says that they “will look to rebook the shows in the future.”
• Phil Elverum has announced that Mount Eerie’s tour, which was set to take place in April, is cancelled.
We are cancelling the Mount Eerie tour in April because of this global pandemic. We'll try to reschedule it for the fall. Please everyone stay sane and alone.
— Phil Elverum (@PWElverum) March 13, 2020
• The remainder of Against Me!’s tour with Stef Chura has been cancelled.
Unfortunately due to Covid-19 we have to go home after tonight’s show in Maine and reschedule the remaining dates on the March/April @againstme / @stefchura tour for sometime in the future. As soon as we have any update on when shows will be rescheduled we will let people know.
— Laura Jane Grace (@LauraJaneGrace) March 13, 2020
• Rage Against The Machine have postponed the first leg of their reunion tour with Run The Jewels. They are scheduled to pick back up the tour as scheduled on 5/20.
• Canada’s music awards show the Junos have also been cancelled. It was scheduled to take place on Sunday. “We are devastated to cancel this national celebration of music,” readsa statement from the City of Saskatoon, where the awards were to be held.
• Thom Yorke has postponed the North American leg of his Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes tour.
Due to restrictions put in place to minimise the spread of COVID-19, we regret that the North American leg of the Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes tour is postponed.
Ticket holders, please standby for information on a new routing for later this year. Apologies for the inconvenience.
— Thom Yorke (@thomyorke) March 13, 2020
• J. Cole’s Dreamville Festival in Raleigh has been postponed from 4/4 to 8/29.
• Virginia Beach’s Something In The Water festival, scheduled for this April, has been postponed until next year.
— SOMETHING IN THE WATER (@sitw) March 13, 2020
• The 2020 WFMU Record Fair is cancelled.
• Pitchfork Music Festival Berlin, which was scheduled to take place on 5/8 and 5/9, has been cancelled.
• The Rolling Stones’ No Filter summer tour, which was scheduled to run from May through July, has been postponed. “We’re hugely disappointed to have to postpone the tour. 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,” the band wrote in a statement. “We will all get through this together — and we’ll see you very soon.”
• The 2020 Billboard Music Awards show, which were scheduled to air live on 4/29, has been postponed. A new date has not been announced.
• Previously rescheduled for the fall, New Orleans Jazz Fest is now cancelled for 2020. The festival plans to return 4/22-5/1 in 2021.
• The Eurovision Song Contest has been cancelled for the first time ever. It was scheduled to start in May in the Netherlands.
• The Vermont-based festival Waking Windows has been cancelled and announced a new date for 2021.
• Georgia’s Shaky Knees festival has been rescheduled for the fall.
— Shaky Knees Festival (@ShakyKneesFest) March 18, 2020
• The 1975 have announced that they’ll be rescheduling their upcoming North American tour.
— The 1975 (@the1975) March 18, 2020
• BottleRock Napa has been rescheduled to 10/2 through 10/4. Headliners Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stevie Nicks, Dave Matthews Band, Miley Cyrus, Khalid, Anderson .Paak, and Zedd are confirmed to return.
• LA’s ’80s goth and new wave fest Cruel World has been postponed until September.
Hello World! Thank you for your patience. In light of recent circumstances, Cruel World Festival has been rescheduled to Saturday, September 12. All tickets purchased for the original date are valid. We look forward to hosting you this fall 🖤 more details to come. pic.twitter.com/Ulh1EwMPUz
— Cruel World Fest (@cruelworldfest) March 18, 2020
• Rural Ohio’s Nelsonville Music Festival has pushed back its 2020 iteration to 2021.
— Nelsonville Music Festival (@NelsonvilleFest) March 20, 2020
• Metallica have rescheduled their tour dates. Shows that were planned in South America for April have been pushed to December; Greta Van Fleet will still accompany them. Several festivals they were set to headline — Epicenter, Welcome To Rockville, and Sonic Temple — have all been cancelled, too, though the band is still scheduled to appear at Louisville’s Louder Than Life, which will take place in September. Read Metallica’s full statement here.
• The Delaware-based Firefly Music Festival has been cancelled and will return in 2021.
• Camila Cabello postponed her tour set to kick off 5/26 in Oslo.
• Harry Styles’ European tour is being rescheduled for 2021.
• Bon Iver have rescheduled their upcoming tour dates in Europe and the UK to January 2021.
It is with great care and empathy to all involved that we announce the rescheduling of the below tour dates in Europe and the UK to January 2021. pic.twitter.com/nF4vXAh6CX
— Bon Iver (@boniver) March 25, 2020
• Download Festival is cancelled and will return in 2021.
• The new LA fest Lovers & Friends is moving to 8/8, and will now be only one day instead of two.
• The giant NYC festival Governors Ball has been cancelled; unable to find a replacement date that could work, it will return in 2021.
• BTS are rescheduling their North American tour with new dates to be “announced soon.”
— BTS_official (@bts_bighit) March 27, 2020
• Roger Waters’ This Is Not A Drill tour has been postponed until next year.
• Barcelona’s Primavera Sound festival has been postponed from June to 8/26-30.
• The 2020 ESSENCE Festival Of Culture in New Orleans has been moved to the fall.
Based on developments over the past couple of weeks, including updates from our city and health partners, we are officially announcing that we will move the 2020 ESSENCE Festival of Culture closer to the fall. Visit https://t.co/xhrTNEmoKN for the full statement. #EssenceFest pic.twitter.com/7WB1QBCh0y
— ESSENCE Festival (@essencefest) March 28, 2020
• Miami’s III Points Festival has been pushed to October.
III POINTS MIAMI OCT 16 + 17
— III Points Festival (@iiiPoints) March 28, 2020
• Modern English have postponed their June/July 40th anniversary tour of America, on which they were set to perform After The Snow in its entirety. In a statement, the band said the plan was to try and reschedule for September.
• Like the main iteration of Primavera in Barcelona, the Portuguese sister fest Nos Primavera Sound Porto is also postponed. Its new dates are 9/3-9/5.
• Boston Calling 2020 has been cancelled and says that they’ll return next year.
• Queen and Adam Lambert have postponed their UK and European “Bohemian Rhapsody” tour that was supposed to kick off in May and end in July. They’re planning to return to the same venues around the same dates in 2021.
• Justin Bieber, who had already downgraded many of his stadium dates to arenas while blaming coronavirus for low ticket sales, has now postponed his entire Changes Tour. The rescheduled dates are yet to be announced.
• Hangout has officially announced that it cannot move forward with its planned May dates. The festival shared a statement saying they are still figuring out a new plan.
• Rolling Loud Miami has been postponed from its scheduled May start. A statement says that it will now take place next President’s Day weekend, from 2/12-14 in 2021.
New dates. All tickets remain valid. Refunds also available. Love y’all ❤️ pic.twitter.com/39uaKoLrhX
— Rolling Loud (@RollingLoud) April 1, 2020
• Texas’ JMBLYA hip-hop festival is being rescheduled for the fall.
— JMBLYA (@thejmblya) April 1, 2020
• The National’s Homecoming Festival in Cincinnati has been cancelled.
• Las Vegas’ EDC, which is marking its 10th anniversary this year, is moving from May to October.
• The Denmark festival Roskilde is not happening this year.
• Sled Island 2020, which was supposed to take place at the end of June, has been cancelled.
• Originally scheduled for July, Belgium’s Tomorrowland is cancelled and promises to return in 2021.