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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

TMBG rescheduled the rest of their tour for the fall

Vinnie, Thursday, 12 March 2020 11:32 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

Finally some good news

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

RRHoF induction ceremony postponed.

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

Take that, Trent

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

ah, Lollapalooza Chile has been suspended.

for all those waiting to hear.

Yerac, Thursday, 12 March 2020 18:44 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

bowery n mercury close tomorrow

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

Colonel Poo, Thursday, 12 March 2020 19:46 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

Horse Lords tour just canceled

sleeve, Thursday, 12 March 2020 20:32 (one year ago) link

Decibel Magazine Tour canceled

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

Decibel Metal and Beer Fest postponed but not cancelled.

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

Nice post by Big Thief
#hippies

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

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

Maresn3st, Friday, 13 March 2020 10:06 (one year ago) link

Was not expecting Saving Country Music to play Devil's Advocate here.

https://www.savingcountrymusic.com/houston-venue-refutes-jason-isbells-claim-it-refused-covid-policy/

Also, my question answered:

The show was going to be at about 10% capacity. We can seat 16,500 folks at our venue, and the show had sold about 1,700 tickets. We offered to open up our lawn. We are an open air, outdoor venue. We tried to give some options there, but our options were denied.”

Given the # of tickets sold, and had there been more acknowledged lead time (a point in the article is there was a disconnect between Live Nation messaging the venue about Isbell's demands and the venue addressing them), the show could possibly have been moved to an outdoor venue just north of downtown Houston that has been doing Covid-protocol shows since last year.

“Heroin” (ft. Bobby Gillespie) (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 12 August 2021 21:00 (one month ago) link

...and Isbell has performed at in the recent past.

“Heroin” (ft. Bobby Gillespie) (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 12 August 2021 21:01 (one month ago) link

...and where he probably should have been playing in the first place.

“Heroin” (ft. Bobby Gillespie) (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 12 August 2021 21:06 (one month ago) link

It's all a tangled mess, but I'd still assign the most blame to the venue, who seemed to drop the ball too many times in ways you just can't do these days.

“Heroin” (ft. Bobby Gillespie) (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 12 August 2021 21:12 (one month ago) link

If you’re so concerned with safety, be like Stevie Nicks and just cancel your tour. The vaccines aren’t going to stop the spread.

— Scott Mervis (@scottmervis_pg) August 12, 2021

The ‘pop music beat reporter’ for the Pittsburgh paper’s on the case.

Joe Bombin (milo z), Friday, 13 August 2021 00:22 (one month ago) link

Stevie Nicks cancelled her tour because she's 73 and has health issues and doesn't want to be exposed to a bunch of germs from unmasked and/or unvaxxed weirdos for in sets of two hours each spaced out over several weeks.

“Heroin” (ft. Bobby Gillespie) (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 13 August 2021 00:28 (one month ago) link


Was not expecting Saving Country Music to play Devil's Advocate here.

idk you weren’t?

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Friday, 13 August 2021 01:53 (one month ago) link

the save country music guy has never struck me as someone who writes in good faith

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Friday, 13 August 2021 01:55 (one month ago) link

or worth treating as an authority about anything

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Friday, 13 August 2021 01:57 (one month ago) link

It's just he's usually tonedeaf about venue stuff (among other things), so getting such a rounded exploration* of what happened from there was a modest surprise. And despite Scam's general little hate-on for Isbell, it contains most damning evidence of the actions and non-actions of the venue.

*There's more about Live Nation and the venue in this piece than in others I've seen, which limit themselves to Isbell's pov and a mere scratching of the surface of everything else.

“Heroin” (ft. Bobby Gillespie) (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 13 August 2021 02:37 (one month ago) link

oh whoops, sorry reacted v off the cuff without reading lol. thank u c. grisso

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Friday, 13 August 2021 02:40 (one month ago) link

Save Country Music guy is a racist-baiting asshole.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 13 August 2021 02:42 (one month ago) link

Well, yeah.

“Heroin” (ft. Bobby Gillespie) (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 13 August 2021 02:47 (one month ago) link

Live Nation follows AEG and requires proof of vaccination or negative test.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 14 August 2021 16:42 (one month ago) link

Nine Inch Nails cancelled the rest of their tour dates for this year.

“Heroin” (ft. Bobby Gillespie) (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 19 August 2021 18:37 (four weeks ago) link

i feel like most of the people who will be making moves like these will be folks like trent or neil who do not rely on touring income to survive

bezos did the dub (voodoo chili), Thursday, 19 August 2021 18:55 (four weeks ago) link

Ty Segall is going vax-only for upcoming shows.

Joe Bombin (milo z), Thursday, 19 August 2021 19:10 (four weeks ago) link

and by that he means his shows are only people showing up to get vaccines and no actual music

there's too much fucking shit on me (Neanderthal), Thursday, 19 August 2021 19:31 (four weeks ago) link

lol Riot Fest replaced NIN with ... Morrissey.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 20 August 2021 03:04 (four weeks ago) link

All the NIN fans on my timeline when that news hit:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBOhQamGGuI

Ned Raggett, Friday, 20 August 2021 03:27 (four weeks ago) link

Live Nation follows AEG and requires proof of vaccination or negative test

But not till October. They have summer tour money to make first , without having to have ushers looking at vax cards. They claim the October start is to give staff time to get vaccinated

curmudgeon, Friday, 20 August 2021 04:22 (four weeks ago) link

I'm sure making money (after making summer plans) played a part, but tbf, if you got your first shot of Moderna or Pfizer today, you couldn't get your second shot until somewhere around September 10. And if you got your second shot September 10, you wouldn't be fully vaxxed until around October. That was one of the complaints some were making after Bonnaroo called for vaccines, that it didn't give enough notice for people to get the double-shots in time for the show, just the single dose J&J. Which of course is better than nothing, but if I had my choice that is not necessarily the shot I'd prefer.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 20 August 2021 12:10 (four weeks ago) link

That was one of the complaints some were making after Bonnaroo called for vaccines, that it didn't give enough notice for people to get the double-shots in time for the show,

If only someone had informed them about the vaccine at any point before then! My heart, it weeps.

Marty J. Bilge (Old Lunch), Friday, 20 August 2021 12:43 (four weeks ago) link

What vaccine?

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 20 August 2021 13:06 (four weeks ago) link

too busy partying to glance at the news or social media for 12 months

bezos did the dub (voodoo chili), Friday, 20 August 2021 13:21 (four weeks ago) link

BTS cancels world tour.

Shallot Shortage 2021 (morrisp), Friday, 20 August 2021 22:14 (four weeks ago) link

pic.twitter.com/QpQAr7q84R

— Sam O’Rama (@samorama) August 20, 2021

... (Eazy), Friday, 20 August 2021 22:23 (four weeks ago) link

I thought it would be cancelled, but Clive Davis's huge Central Park concert is still going (and just missing a tropical storm that's already cancelled the following evening Summerstage concert with Common). I walked by tonight and to my surprise they were doing soundchecks with Patti Smith and Paul Simon. I only stayed for Patti's but she did some standards you've come to expect like "People Have the Power," "Gloria," "Because the Night," etc. Lots of stop and starts, but a nice thing to run into.

CNN will stream it live tomorrow at 5 p.m. EST, and it's free to watch, i.e. you don't have to login/have an account to get the whole thing.

birdistheword, Saturday, 21 August 2021 04:35 (four weeks ago) link

Article summarizing the state of things:

Are concerts safe? For a growing number of artists and tour pros, risk outweighs reward https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2021-08-23/delta-variant-concerts-cancellations

Shallot Shortage 2021 (morrisp), Tuesday, 24 August 2021 01:10 (three weeks ago) link

Ironically, 'twas not Covid that killed Bonnaroo this year:

We are absolutely heartbroken to announce that we must cancel Bonnaroo. While this weekend’s weather looks outstanding, currently Centeroo is waterlogged in many areas, the ground is incredibly saturated on our tollbooth paths, and the campgrounds are flooded to the point that...

— Bonnaroo (@Bonnaroo) August 31, 2021

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 31 August 2021 21:39 (two weeks ago) link

Caskets are not autographed. Picture is of Gene Simmons autographing our prototype.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 31 August 2021 22:28 (two weeks ago) link

[Cancels order...]

nickn, Tuesday, 31 August 2021 22:34 (two weeks ago) link

If you should happen to feel like you have a little too much faith in humanity today, I suggest you take a quick stroll through the responses in that Bonnaroo tweet thread to have them knocked back down to reasonable levels.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 1 September 2021 14:30 (two weeks ago) link

They should go camp out in that sloppy flooded mudfield in protest.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 1 September 2021 14:35 (two weeks ago) link

A lotta people not understanding that you can be mad about something and not go on Twitter about it.

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 1 September 2021 15:17 (two weeks ago) link

Meanwhile in Nebraska, rain just means they're just moving indoors:

A Christian rock show tonight and a country rock show tomorrow will be moved indoors at the State Fair in Grand Island with no masks or vaccines required.

The Covid vaccination rate in Hall County is under 42%, and the rates of surrounding counties are even lower. This is nuts. https://t.co/371bt1a3oY

— Ted Genoways (@TedGenoways) September 1, 2021

... (Eazy), Wednesday, 1 September 2021 15:25 (two weeks ago) link

Sometimes I wonder if it's less COVID fatigue than it is just like living fatigue

Marty J. Bilge (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 1 September 2021 15:27 (two weeks ago) link

that's the crux, i think. we're a spiritually sick society

global tetrahedron, Wednesday, 1 September 2021 15:58 (two weeks ago) link

Neko Case cancelling the rest of her tour with AC Newman.

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 1 September 2021 17:50 (two weeks ago) link

That’s a weekend of sold-out shows for them. Damn.

... (Eazy), Wednesday, 1 September 2021 18:12 (two weeks ago) link

This weekend’s shows are unfortunately postponed due to illness. New dates will be:
Fri Jan 14 - New York, Irving Plaza
Sat Jan 15 - Boston, The Royale

— Guided By Voices (@_GuidedByVoices) September 9, 2021

Not able to confirm that this is COVID related, to be transparent, but not great news.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 9 September 2021 20:56 (one week ago) link

Just noticed today that Dinosaur Jr are no longer on the Riot Fest line up, and their home page tour section has many dates listed as postponed. Bummer. I feel bad for Ryley Walker, as that would have been an excellent bill. I wasn't ready for indoor shows yet, and didn't get tix for their separate Chicago show.

BlackIronPrison, Thursday, 9 September 2021 23:32 (one week ago) link

Sorry, y’all pic.twitter.com/z3BWdO67HB

— clipping. (@clppng) September 13, 2021

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 13 September 2021 23:31 (five days ago) link

Faith No More now too:

pic.twitter.com/7vFtlB34lP

— Faith No More (@FaithNoMore) September 14, 2021

Just whiplash to see these cancellations coming in between new tour announcements (Mastodon/Opeth tour for one).

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 14 September 2021 17:22 (four days ago) link

That's not due to covid though. Patton is struggling with mental health issues.

peace, man, Tuesday, 14 September 2021 17:38 (four days ago) link

A statement from Mike Patton pic.twitter.com/uUIZdlefAm

— Ipecac Recordings (@IpecacRec) September 14, 2021

peace, man, Tuesday, 14 September 2021 17:39 (four days ago) link

thanks for that, sorry. i hadn't seen Patton's separate release and the first tweet linking the FNM announcement said it was from COVID and i jumped the gun.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 14 September 2021 17:40 (four days ago) link


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