Rolling festival / tour / concert / event cancellations due to COVID-19 thread

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Post all festival and tour cancellations here. Feel free to also post cancellations of film festivals, conferences, art exhibits, readings, and anything else art or music related. At the very least, it might help those who've already secured event tickets, plane fare, hotels, or babysitters make alternate plans.

So far:

SXSW
Coachella (postponed?)
Big Ears

Heard a few rumors about some bands cancelling upcoming tours but as none of it is official or public yet, I'll wait to post those for now.

I don't really know how touring works. Does anyone know if it is more likely to be clubs and promoters cancelling dates or the artists themselves? If the former, how will small venues survive potentially 6 months (or more) of quarantine? I realize there are bigger fish to fry at the moment but this is likely to be potentially devastating to a lot of people we probably all know.

Paul Ponzi, Thursday, 12 March 2020 00:01 (three weeks ago) link

Bunch of DC venues are suspending all their remaining shows for March: https://wtop.com/entertainment/2020/03/imp-postpones-events-at-930-club-the-anthem-lincoln-theatre/

El Tomboto, Thursday, 12 March 2020 00:21 (three weeks ago) link

The rest of Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, which features some of the biggest Country shows around (amongst other stuff--Lizzo was gonna do homecoming show on Friday) was cancelled today.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 12 March 2020 00:36 (three weeks ago) link

sort of hoping drive by truckers cancel this weekend so I don't have to make the decision n myself.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 12 March 2020 00:38 (three weeks ago) link

Dark Mofo, a nationally prominent music'n'arts festival in Hobart, Tasmania: https://darkmofo.net.au/statement

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Thursday, 12 March 2020 00:58 (three weeks ago) link

All gigs with audience larger than 250 are banned in Washington state. Todd Barry and Bikini Kill shows axed in the next few days.

Fantastic. Great move. Well done (sic), Thursday, 12 March 2020 01:22 (three weeks ago) link

I don't really know how touring works. Does anyone know if it is more likely to be clubs and promoters cancelling dates or the artists themselves?

For non-USA artists, Coachella and SXSW are big tentpole festivals that tours are based around - a spot on Coachella pays enough to make the visa expenses (a massively huge up front expense) worth it to make up for the tight margins for other gigs. Altin Gün and Anna Calvi both had some US dates around Coachella - Altin Gün cancelled everything yesterday, Calvi presumably will shortly (which is frustrating because Calvi had postponed her US shows last year because she got the Coachella gig)

Elvis Telecom, Thursday, 12 March 2020 01:32 (three weeks ago) link

Canadian comics arts festivals as yet uncancelled, by request of health authorities: http://www2.vancaf.com/2020/03/11/update-to-the-comics-community-regarding-covid-19-from-tcaf-and-vancaf/

Fantastic. Great move. Well done (sic), Thursday, 12 March 2020 02:03 (three weeks ago) link

Pixies have cancelled the rest of their Aussie tour after someone at a festival they headlined tested positive. (Also 12,000 people at that festival so it will be way more than 1)

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Thursday, 12 March 2020 02:24 (three weeks ago) link

A list of cancellations.

https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/every-coronavirus-cancellation-adam-sandler-000222436.html

nickn, Thursday, 12 March 2020 02:43 (three weeks ago) link

Stereolab canceled the China/Japan/Philippines leg of their tour a few days ago.

with hidden noise, Thursday, 12 March 2020 02:47 (three weeks ago) link

What makes me sad is that two good friends who were in separate amateur theatrical productions had their shows cancelled after rehearsals for months.

One just moved out of state and had no friends and had just been through a fairly traumatic ordeal a year earlier and this project was helping her feel better about things. Now she's crushed.

Other friend going through a bad depression bout and it was having a similar positive effect on her.

Both get why it needed to be done but it's rough.

We're determining if the 2020 Orlando Fringe will happen now. It's in May, but i am not optimistic. We're in rehearsals

sorry for butt rockin (Neanderthal), Thursday, 12 March 2020 03:04 (three weeks ago) link

TMBG rescheduled the rest of their tour for the fall

Vinnie, Thursday, 12 March 2020 11:32 (three weeks ago) link

https://pitchfork.com/thepitch/what-happens-when-a-music-festival-is-canceled-due-to-coronavirus/

"Artists will surely be counting on fans’ support even more than usual, perhaps through non-concert avenues like merch sales."

lol what

Paul Ponzi, Thursday, 12 March 2020 12:14 (three weeks ago) link

First date of the Van der Graaf Generator tour (Athens, 28 March) cancelled, with probably more cancellations to come.

the grateful dead can dance (anagram), Thursday, 12 March 2020 12:28 (three weeks ago) link

Yes just pulled out of their 'Cruise To The Edge' in Miami and some early tour dates, gigs are one thing but a Prog cruise with loads of old dudes all trying to shake yer hand is just asking for trouble.

Maresn3st, Thursday, 12 March 2020 12:33 (three weeks ago) link

And as the elders beat their brows
They know that it's really far too late now
To stop us
For if the sky is seeded death
What is the point in catching breath?
Expel it
What cause is there left but to die?

strangely hookworm but they manage ream shoegaze poetry (imago), Thursday, 12 March 2020 12:37 (three weeks ago) link

The Revealing Science of Pence

Torche have pulled out of their Euro tour so no Roadburn appearance, dunno if that festival can even go ahead if all the American doomsters self-isolate.

akb23 (Matt #2), Thursday, 12 March 2020 13:49 (three weeks ago) link

Hi there

We're very sorry to announce that due to travel issues relating to the coronavirus, The Dead C have unfortunately had to cancel their forthcoming tour, including the residency dates at OTO in May.

We're working to reschedule this residency as soon as we can. The current situation is obviously a little uncertain concerning travel but we'll let you know details of the new dates as soon as we have them - all originally bought tickets will remain valid.

In the meantime, if anybody wants their tickets refunded we will of course be happy to do so - just give us a shout if that's the case.

All the best,
Cafe OTO

Ward Fowler, Thursday, 12 March 2020 13:50 (three weeks ago) link

newsletter about how the virus is gonna affect the music industry

https://musicxcorona.substack.com/

ooga booga-ing for the bourgeoisie (voodoo chili), Thursday, 12 March 2020 14:04 (three weeks ago) link

Pop Conference, in which music writers, academics and ilx0rs gather annually to listen to each other read jokes and essays about music for three days, has been postponed from late April to TBD, maybe September.

https://www.mopop.org/programs-plus-education/programs/pop-conference/

Fantastic. Great move. Well done (sic), Thursday, 12 March 2020 15:56 (three weeks ago) link

The Grand Illusion, a 70-seat volunteer-run arthouse cinema in Seattle, is closed until TBD, maybe April. (They had an 24-film A24 retrospective including several on 35mm scheduled for April, which one might expect to have paid the bills for a few months of Soviet and Romanian flicks)

Fantastic. Great move. Well done (sic), Thursday, 12 March 2020 16:04 (three weeks ago) link

The Juno Awards and a corresponding week of live events in Saskatoon have been cancelled in full.

Fantastic. Great move. Well done (sic), Thursday, 12 March 2020 16:10 (three weeks ago) link

Finally some good news

bold caucasian eroticism (Simon H.), Thursday, 12 March 2020 16:10 (three weeks ago) link

Well, my gig in London with my drone 'supergroup' at the end of this month (our first ever) has been cancelled, bah. Probably not a great loss to culture but still gutted.

Maresn3st, Thursday, 12 March 2020 16:51 (three weeks ago) link

RRHoF induction ceremony postponed.

Panic! At The Costco (morrisp), Thursday, 12 March 2020 17:37 (three weeks ago) link

Take that, Trent

sorry for butt rockin (Neanderthal), Thursday, 12 March 2020 17:41 (three weeks ago) link

XP Countdown to the revelation that has all been an elaborate trolling of The Doobie Brothers.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 12 March 2020 17:59 (three weeks ago) link

ah, Lollapalooza Chile has been suspended.

for all those waiting to hear.

Yerac, Thursday, 12 March 2020 18:44 (three weeks ago) link

Live Nation pulling all its tours off the road:

https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/touring/9333748/live-nation-global-pause-tours-concerts-coronavirus

but also fuck you (unperson), Thursday, 12 March 2020 19:10 (three weeks ago) link

that's the ball game, really.

NYC is shutting down anything over 500 people and has ominous and unclear plans to restrict smaller gatherings. It's gonna be a rough few months.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 12 March 2020 19:11 (three weeks ago) link

Am I right in thinking that for any show scheduled between now and June that this is not an 'if' but a 'when' situation at this point re: canceling? I mean, at some point very soon anyone going forward with events is going to look reckless and arrogant, right?

Paul Ponzi, Thursday, 12 March 2020 19:41 (three weeks ago) link

bowery n mercury close tomorrow

Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Thursday, 12 March 2020 19:41 (three weeks ago) link

Punk/industrial band L.O.T.I.O.N. just pulled their European tour

Colonel Poo, Thursday, 12 March 2020 19:46 (three weeks ago) link

Fennesz (who is here right now) just canceled the rest of his US tour.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 12 March 2020 19:46 (three weeks ago) link

I called the Blue Note jazz club an hour or so ago to verify whether the Christian Scott show I was planning to see tomorrow night was still happening. They told me it was, but that was before NY Governor Cuomo announced that gatherings of 500+ were banned, and gatherings below that number would have to reduce their attendance by 50%. (The Blue Note holds ~150 people.) I just emailed the publicist to take me off the guest list.

but also fuck you (unperson), Thursday, 12 March 2020 20:11 (three weeks ago) link

Yes just pulled out of their 'Cruise To The Edge' in Miami and some early tour dates, gigs are one thing but a Prog cruise with loads of old dudes all trying to shake yer hand is just asking for trouble.

― Maresn3st, Thursday, March 12, 2020 7:33 AM (seven hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

covid or no i get an anxiety attack even thinking about this

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 12 March 2020 20:20 (three weeks ago) link

Horse Lords tour just canceled

sleeve, Thursday, 12 March 2020 20:32 (three weeks ago) link

Decibel Magazine Tour canceled

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 12 March 2020 20:40 (three weeks ago) link

been spending the last week and half postponing a west coast tour that was to begin next week, and I can't tell you how hard it was. by march 1st it was clear to me the shows were not a good idea, but it took a week for the rest of the band to stop weighing the situation (varying degrees of financial hardship incurred), and even this weekend we kept getting feedback like 'all commercial venues still expecting you, smaller & mid-sized concerts still safe'. and I'd look at that text, then look at Italy expanding it's quarantine, and crunch the numbers and see SF at 10-14 days behind Italy

no one wants to over-react, but until better data starts coming in, we no longer know what over-reaction is. flattening the curve means social distancing for... twelve months? unthinkable, as recently as last week.

Milton Parker, Thursday, 12 March 2020 20:50 (three weeks ago) link

silver lining, I had a ton of concert and festival tickets that I'm about to get refunds on, so unexpected influx of cash to pay my taxes with.

sorry for butt rockin (Neanderthal), Thursday, 12 March 2020 21:22 (three weeks ago) link

First postponement for a ticket I held: Even As We Speak have deferred all their UK shows. 🙁 The postponement of Cologne Popfest makes the remaining dates no longer viable. Plus who knows what may transpire in next two weeks. Full statement on their Facebook page.

Jeff W, Thursday, 12 March 2020 22:21 (three weeks ago) link

Decibel Metal and Beer Fest postponed but not cancelled.

sorry for butt rockin (Neanderthal), Thursday, 12 March 2020 22:22 (three weeks ago) link

xp ah I was thinking of going to see EAWS in London soon, OTOH gigs are kind of painful for me at the moment and I already have one coming up so probably not so bad

Colonel Poo, Thursday, 12 March 2020 22:39 (three weeks ago) link

Guessing Limpe Fuchs on Saturday night in London will have less than 500 people in attendance so I may go, then again it only takes one carrier doesn't it

akb23 (Matt #2), Thursday, 12 March 2020 23:00 (three weeks ago) link

Nice post by Big Thief
#hippies

Panic! At The Costco (morrisp), Friday, 13 March 2020 01:55 (three weeks ago) link

Yes' 'Cruise To The Edge' now postponed, Curved Air fans in apoplexy.

Maresn3st, Friday, 13 March 2020 10:06 (three weeks ago) link

Is it any use me doing a sort of 'punter's pledge' saying I won't claim refunds on any cancelled upcoming shows I have tickets for?

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Friday, 13 March 2020 10:48 (three weeks ago) link

Record Store Day bumped to June.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 13 March 2020 20:12 (three weeks ago) link

Well at least something good came from this

sorry for butt rockin (Neanderthal), Friday, 13 March 2020 20:16 (three weeks ago) link

Yes, take that, already-teetering-on-the-brink-of-bankruptcy indie record stores hoping this event will help cover their rent for six months

Paul Ponzi, Friday, 13 March 2020 20:59 (three weeks ago) link

I do hate that indie shops are going to suffer, absolutely, but this just underscores how absolutely stupid and short-sighted it was to turn the entire record store industry into two days a year worth of exclusives that essentially exist only for flippers.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 13 March 2020 21:07 (three weeks ago) link

Seattle libraries had already cancelled programming and author events for March; as of 6pm all libraries are going to close for at least a month. This is going to have a major impact on homeless patrons: it's 3°C with snow mixing with rain today, and sub-zero night temperatures forecast over the next five days.

Some cinemas and rock venues are staying open but selling 50% of capacity for now; two seats-and-tables jazz venues are closing down for the month.

Fantastic. Great move. Well done (sic), Friday, 13 March 2020 21:10 (three weeks ago) link

record store day is a farce and fuck it

sorry for butt rockin (Neanderthal), Friday, 13 March 2020 21:11 (three weeks ago) link

more Seattle venues and nightclubs on staying open / closing down

https://www.thestranger.com/slog/2020/03/11/43118987/seattle-music-venues-respond-to-the-new-social-distancing-rules

Fantastic. Great move. Well done (sic), Friday, 13 March 2020 21:29 (three weeks ago) link

I do hate that indie shops are going to suffer, absolutely, but this just underscores how absolutely stupid and short-sighted it was to turn the entire record store industry into two days a year worth of exclusives that essentially exist only for flippers.

― soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, March 13, 2020 5:07 PM (nineteen minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

The windfall is not from the limited edition junk, though, but from the tremendous amount of non-RSD store stock sold when people inevitably bundle used items with new. RSD is lame and probably a pain in the ass for most stores, but I don't think you'll find a single remaining shop owner who doesn't count on that day in a big way to stay afloat. But yeah, fuck it, viva la spotify

Paul Ponzi, Friday, 13 March 2020 21:31 (three weeks ago) link

shut the fuck up

sleeve, Friday, 13 March 2020 21:37 (three weeks ago) link

Dude, I didn't say fuck record stores. At all. I'm glad the day helps them! At the same time, I think it's clearly dangerous that it has evolved into the two days that force record stores to survive. And the stupid exclusives list is a big part of why it evolved in this direction.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 13 March 2020 21:39 (three weeks ago) link

(botched my wording there, meant to say "two days that solely allow" them to survive)

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 13 March 2020 21:39 (three weeks ago) link

I was so looking forward to seeing Wire tonight. Cancelled in Boston/Cambridge.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 13 March 2020 22:27 (three weeks ago) link

Strange.

nickn, Friday, 13 March 2020 22:35 (three weeks ago) link

was excited to see shellac tomorrow but i imagine it's going to get cancelled. even if it weren't i don't know if i'd go. do the right thing, steve, and turn that PT cruiser back towards chicago...

global tetrahedron, Friday, 13 March 2020 22:47 (three weeks ago) link

At this point maybe we should just list the shows that are still on

bold caucasian eroticism (Simon H.), Friday, 13 March 2020 23:25 (three weeks ago) link

Corey Haim - solo theramin

sorry for butt rockin (Neanderthal), Friday, 13 March 2020 23:27 (three weeks ago) link

shit I actually forgot he had died.

sorry for butt rockin (Neanderthal), Friday, 13 March 2020 23:28 (three weeks ago) link

Apparently Shellac is actually still playing tonight in Madison.

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 13 March 2020 23:29 (three weeks ago) link

Pro-Pain are defiantly insisting they're starting their US tour.

I guess there's no chance of 250 people giving a fuck about Pro-Pain in 2020

sorry for butt rockin (Neanderthal), Friday, 13 March 2020 23:30 (three weeks ago) link

in the entire US

sorry for butt rockin (Neanderthal), Friday, 13 March 2020 23:30 (three weeks ago) link

shellac cancelled mpls finally. slightly bummed but i don't think it would have been fun anyway

global tetrahedron, Friday, 13 March 2020 23:31 (three weeks ago) link

No specific need to update this thread now that everything except Reverend Horton Heat shows are cancelled, but the axing of Melbourne International Comedy Festival is going to bankrupt dozens or hundreds of people in one go.

Dollarmite Is My Name (sic), Monday, 16 March 2020 02:53 (three weeks ago) link

The Exploited also taking a defiant stance: https://ultimateclassicrock.com/reverend-horton-heat-exploited-coronavirus/

Panic! At The Costco (morrisp), Monday, 16 March 2020 07:02 (three weeks ago) link

punk's gonna die

Paul Ponzi, Monday, 16 March 2020 13:18 (three weeks ago) link

Can’t stop the blues: https://variety.com/2020/music/news/blues-awards-canceled-replaced-by-webcasts-1203540420/

morrisp, Friday, 20 March 2020 18:58 (two weeks ago) link

Welcome to Rockville cancelled

Maryland Deathfest lineup moved to 2021

brutal year for music

sorry for butt rockin (Neanderthal), Saturday, 28 March 2020 02:56 (one week ago) link

That ucr link upthread is funny, suggesting at a glance the Reverend Horton Heat was exploiting the virus.

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 28 March 2020 03:19 (one week ago) link

Anyone watching #IHeartConcertOnFOX right now?

morrisp, Monday, 30 March 2020 01:03 (one week ago) link

Dead Can Dance officially pushed their Americas tour to 2021, was just a matter of time

avellano medio inglés (f. hazel), Monday, 30 March 2020 01:20 (one week ago) link

I saw Billie Eilish with her brother. They killed it like you would expect. This is sort of neat

Bee OK, Monday, 30 March 2020 01:34 (one week ago) link

I would have been seeing The 1975 in two weeks for the first time

Bee OK, Monday, 30 March 2020 01:35 (one week ago) link

Demi Lovato looks healthy, good for her

Bee OK, Monday, 30 March 2020 01:56 (one week ago) link

Mariah was a great closer*

(*my autocorrect initially made this “cougar”)

morrisp, Monday, 30 March 2020 02:02 (one week ago) link

I'm listening to/watching Keiji Haino doing an organ grinder performance at Zebulon from last year. Streaming only, I think.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sk6y2OnhwUo&feature=youtu.be

nickn, Monday, 30 March 2020 02:28 (one week ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sk6y2OnhwUo&feature=youtu.be

nickn, Monday, 30 March 2020 02:28 (one week ago) link

Ah well.

nickn, Monday, 30 March 2020 02:29 (one week ago) link

R.I.P. Alan Merrill (of the Arrows, etc.), who co-wrote "I Love Rock 'N' Roll": https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-52089768

morrisp, Monday, 30 March 2020 16:39 (one week ago) link

Is his tour still going ahead, though?

Dollarmite Is My Name (sic), Monday, 30 March 2020 17:25 (one week ago) link

guilty lol

Microbes oft teem (wins), Monday, 30 March 2020 17:29 (one week ago) link

Posted this in the wrong thread, but primavera sound are still insisting they are going ahead, just postponed till... summer. In fucking barcelona.

Microbes oft teem (wins), Monday, 30 March 2020 17:30 (one week ago) link

xxp I’m resisting the idea of creating a separate thread for music-related COVID deaths; think this one will do as a catch-all (and can hopefully soon be retired).

morrisp, Monday, 30 March 2020 17:35 (one week ago) link

probably best to confine to the standard RIP thread for a multitude of reasons (easier searching, extant need filled, we don't need another COVID thread polluting answers for people who are having a hard time dealing)
Rolling Obituary Thread: 2020

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 30 March 2020 17:39 (one week ago) link

Thanks, I’ll just refrain from posting obits then, rather than be forced to visit ILE.

morrisp, Monday, 30 March 2020 17:44 (one week ago) link

There is also a "famous sick and dead ppl Covid cases" thread on ILE you could bookmark and thus use without returning to the board - I'm avoiding it so can't link.

Dollarmite Is My Name (sic), Monday, 30 March 2020 17:59 (one week ago) link


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