Coachella is reportedly postponed due to the coronavirus
As coronavirus and the surrounding anxiety spreads, government officials, community leaders, and event organizers are making tough decisions with the hope of keeping people safe. On the heels of the City of Austin canceling South by Southwest, more festivals have been forced to confront potential cancellations and postponements for safety reasons. Many outlets, including Variety and Billboard, have confirmed with multiple sources that both weekends of Coachella have been postponed.
“Officials with promoter Goldenvoice are working on a plan to try and move the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, California, to the weekends of October 9th and October 16th in an attempt to save the event from cancellation amid concerns about the coronavirus outbreak,” multiple “high-level” sources told Billboard.
But Coachella 2020 is far from the only event affected. The Olympics is having to consider its options carefully, large concerts from stars like Miley Cyrus and Madonna have been canceled, and even Clare Crawley’s season of The Bachelorette is having to rearrange its travel plans. Find out more about the events, concerts, and production affected by the coronavirus below.
- SXSW: The City of Austin canceled all events for the March 2o20 festival. A statement on the festival’s site explained that the organizers are “exploring options to reschedule the event and are working to provide a virtual SXSW online experience as soon as possible for 2020 participants.”
- Coachella: According to Billboard, “organizers should know in about 48 hours if the festivals can be saved, say high-level sources.” Officials are reportedly working to move the festivals to dates in October, though there has been no official announcement made yet.
- Stagecoach: Like with Coachella, organizers are reportedly working to postpone Stagecoach until October. Sources also told Billboard that Stagecoach is hoping to avoid cancelation by moving to October 23rd.
- The Olympics: Last week, the World Health Organization participated in a conference call with medical officers connected to the Olympics to discuss options for the summer games in Japan, as reported by The New York Times. Reportedly, the option of holding the competitions without fans in the audience was discussed, as well as the importance of developing a screening process for everyone involved in the games.
- Miley Cyrus: In a tweet on March 9th, the singer announced that she and her band would no longer be traveling to Australia to headline the World Tour Bushfire Relief benefit concert, in order to “reduce potential health risks in response to the current global health crisis.” She followed up with another tweet expressing her disappointment and explaining that she will still be making a donation to help the victims of the bushfires. Shortly after Cyrus backed out, the promoter of the event said in a statement that the concert would no longer go on and fans would be fully refunded for their tickets, according to Variety.
- Madonna: The singer has canceled the last two shows (March 10th and 11th) of her Madame X tour. Tickets for these shows are refundable.
- BTS: The band has canceled several shows that were set to take place in Korea on April 11th, 12th, 18th, and 19th. These dates were going to kick off their “Map of the Soul” world tour, according to Billboard. As of now, the rest of the tour is still on and fans will receive refunds for their tickets to the canceled shows.
- Avril Lavigne: In a string of tweets on February 28th, February 29th, and March 5th, the singer announced that she had no choice but to cancel her March 13th show in Switzerland, all of her shows in Asia, and March 16th and 26th shows in Milan and Paris. “My band, crew and I have been working so hard to bring this tour worldwide and are completely bummed out,” she wrote. The singer told fans to contact their point of purchase for a refund.
- Mariah Carey: In an Instagram announcement, the singer regretfully told her Hawaii fans that she would have to postpone her March 10th Honolulu show to November. “I was so excited to come back to Hawaii on my ‘anniversary month’ but evolving international travel restrictions force us to consider everyone’s safety and well being,” she wrote.
- Ciara: The singer, who is pregnant, announced that she will postpone her March 19th performance for the grand opening of the new Fort Hood USO. “With the continued spread of the coronavirus throughout the U.S., as a pregnant woman, my doctors have advised me to limit travel and large group gatherings,” Ciara said in a statement, according to AP News. “I am disappointed I won’t be able to return this month to the place where I was born, Ft. Hood Texas, and put on the amazing show we had planned.” According to AP News, the concert will be rescheduled for later this year and the grand opening will take place in the summer.
- No Time To Die: The James Bond film’s release, which was originally set for April 2nd (international) and April 10th (US), has been postponed to November 12th (UK) and November 25th (US).
- Mission: Impossible 7: The production for the upcoming movie has been put on hold, as the crew had planned to start off with a three-week in Venice, Italy. “During this hiatus we want to be mindful of the concerns of the crew and are allowing them to return home until production starts,” a spokesperson for Paramount studio told The Hollywood Reporter. “We will continue to monitor this situation, and work alongside health and government officials as it evolves.”
- The Bachelorette Season 16: According to Variety, a source said that the plans to travel to Italy for Clare Crawley’s upcoming season have been changed. There’s no word yet on the rest of the international travel planned for the show. “As the health and safety of our talent and employees are always our primary concerns, production travel is being evaluated on a case-by-case basis, factoring in the latest information from a variety of organizations, including the CDC, WHO, U.S. State Department and in-territory local health agencies,” a Warner Bros. spokesperson said in a statement provided to Variety.
We’ll continue to update as more announcements about coronavirus-related cancelations and postponements come out.
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