The entertainment industry has rapidly responded to warnings that the public should brace for a coronavirus outbreak. Globally, there are over 90,000+ confirmed cases of coronavirus (identified as COVID-19), primarily in Wuhan, China, where it originated. In the United States, the number has risen to at least 130 confirmed cases.
In an effort to prevent spreading the virus, a number of concerts, festivals, film and TV shoots, and other events have been canceled or rescheduled. Coronavirus fears have affected major events like SXSW and Ultra. Here’s a list of music festivals that the virus has affected so far.
This electronic music festival which was set to run on the French Alpes on March 14-21 has officially been cancelled following new regulations by the French government banning “all indoor gatherings of more than 5,000 people.” The summer edition of Tomorrowland, set to take place in Belgium, is still scheduled to happen in July. There have been over 500 confirmed cases of coronavirus in France as of March 6!
South by south west:
The Austin mayor officially cancelled this event on March 6, which makes it the first cancellation the festival has seen in the 33-years that the festival has been running!
This cancellation resulted when major companies decided to pull out of the event, including Netflix, Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Tiktok & Twitter.
Ultra music festival:
This music festival that was scheduled to run from the 20th to the 22nd of March has also officially cancelled its event until next year. This will be the first time in 21 years that the festival will not take place in Miami!
Coachella & Stagecoach are currently in discussion if they should move their music festival to October due to this coronavirus outbreak. However, it is not a done deal just yet and organisers should know in about 48 hours if the festivals will continue to run or if they will be postponed! Postponing these events will be a huge endeavour involving hundreds of artists, their representatives, vendors, contractors and so on! So it is safe to say that organisers are trying to keep these festivals from being postponed.