Robin Blassberg A&E Editor
Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, a disease that causes respiratory illness, that spreads through contact with an infected person when they cough or sneeze, many major music events have been cancelled or postponed. Here is a tentative list of some of the biggest.
Since the biggest preventative measure of COVID-19 is social distancing, a set of infection control actions intended to stop or slow down the spread of a contagious disease, events like Coachella put people at high risk of becoming infected. Therefore, Coachella, a popular music festival that takes place every April in Coachella Valley, in Southern California, will be postponed till October 9-11 and October 16-October 18, spanning two weekends. On March 10, production company Goldenvoice remarked, “At the direction of the County of Riverside and local health authorities, we must sadly confirm the rescheduling of Coachella and Stagecoach due to COVID-19 concerns. While this decision comes at a time of universal uncertainty, we take the safety and health of our guests, staff and community very seriously,” according to an article in Vanity Fair.
In addition to Coachella, other large scale music festivals have been cancelled, such as South by Southwest (SXSW). The ten day film, music, and tech conference was cancelled for the first time in 34 years. The cancellation came due to the festival’s location, Austin, TX, declaring a public health emergency. Moreover, Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, which was supposed to take place June 11-14, has been postponed to September 24-27. It was postponed “out of an abundance of caution and for the health and safety of all Bonnaroovians, artists, staff and our community,” according to the festival’s Instagram account. Besides festivals, many artists/bands have been forced to postpone or cancel their concerts due to the virus.
Harry Styles’ “Love on Love” tour of the U.K. and Europe has been postponed to 2021. Reflecting on the decision, he says, “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.”
Camila Cabello’s highly anticipated 2020 “Romance” tour has been postponed, with new dates still pending. Cabello promises that the tour she has been working on has been “really magical and special.” The Pussycat Dolls, American girl group and dance ensemble, who got back together after breaking up in 2010, were set to go on tour in the U.K. and Ireland. However, due to COVID-19, the group has rescheduled all days to October 19-November 2. On Twitter, the group released a statement: “We’re heartbroken that we will not be able to perform next month, but the safety and health of our fans is of course our No. 1 priority.”
American indie folk band Bon Iver have rescheduled their spring European tour. The group recently put out “i,i,” their fourth studio album. The dates have been rescheduled to January, 2021, with the only date fully cancelled being the April 27 show in Birmingham.
Unfortunately, things are changing everyday with this disease, and in turn, concerts are being cancelled daily.