Concerns over the ongoing coronavirus outbreak have dramatically upended what was originally going to be a busy year of music tours and events. With the World Health Organization officially declaring a pandemic this week, more and more major concerts and festivals are being postponed or canceled, from Coachella to BTS and Billie Eilish’s tours.
Below, see all of the music-related disruptions tied to COVID-19 fears — and check out our roundup of movies and TV shows affected as well. We will continue to update the list as more inevitable cancellations occur.
Eilish’s Where Do We Go? World Tour, one of the year’s most hotly anticipated treks, came to a halt after just three shows. The remaining North American dates are now being rescheduled, with Eilish saying in a statement, “I’m so sad to do this but we need to postpone these dates to keep everyone safe. Please keep yourselves healthy. I love you.”
Live Nation Tours
Concert promoters Live Nation and AEG have hit pause on all large-scale tours in the U.S. and abroad until April and are asking artists overseas to head home. The schedules will reportedly be reevaluated in April with the hopes of resuming tours in the summer. Affected acts include Eilish, Cher, and Post Malone.
Fresh off the release of his debut album Walls, the singer has had to reschedule his European tour after performing just two shows. The dates have now been moved to August.
Australia’s World Tour Bushfire Relief concert was canceled after headliner Cyrus was forced to withdraw due to travel concerns. Lil Nas X and The Veronicas were also set to perform at the now-canceled benefit, originally scheduled for the weekend of March 14 in Melbourne.
The K-pop phenoms were unable to kick off their Map of the Soul Tour in Seoul, due to the outbreak. The band is still set to launch the U.S. leg of the tour at the end of April with a show in California — for now, at least.
Tove has rescheduled the remaining European dates on her Sunshine Kitty Tour to September. She tweeted, “I have been looking forward to these shows for so long, but it has become unsafe and impossible for all of us to continue as planned.”
The rockers were among the first acts to nix several planned shows in places affected by the coronavirus, including Singapore, Seoul, Tokyo, and Hong Kong. No word yet on whether the band will proceed with the next leg of their tour, which is set to take them to Europe.
So much for being a Free Spirit — the singer has had to postpone his tour of Asia because of travel restrictions.
The band has sadly put the kibosh on their Las Vegas residency, which was slated for April 1-18. In a statement, the brothers wrote, “We did not make this decision lightly. … We are SO sad to disappoint you guys, but it’s important for everyone to do what we can to keep everyone healthy.”
Much like the JoBros, Clarkson was scheduled to kick off her own Las Vegas residency show at Planet Hollywood on April 1, but has pushed her shows to July.
The “Say So” singer announced the postponement of her Hot Pink Tour on social media, writing in part, “New dates are being worked out and will be announced very soon! I promise the show is worth the wait! Stay tuned for updates, stay healthy out there, and I can’t wait to see you soon!”
Festivals and Events
Coachella and Stagecoach
Indio, California, will be much quieter than usual this spring. Festival organizers announced on March 10 that both Coachella and its sister fest, Stagecoach, have been postponed until October.
South by Southwest
In a major blow to the Austin music community, the 2020 SXSW festival has canceled its entire event for the first time in its 34-year history.
Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards
This month’s slime-filled KCAs, which was set to be hosted by Chance the Rapper, have been postponed. Nickelodeon announced in a press release, “We will have further information about a new date in the future.”
Capitol One JamFest
Taylor Swift was scheduled to headline JamFest in Atlanta on April 5, as part of the 2020 March Madness Music Festival. However, the event has been canceled, following news that the NCAA basketball tournament is also not happening. Notably, this was Tay’s sole concert in the U.S. outside of her Lover Fest performances later this year.
The Juno Awards
The Junos, Canada’s most prominent music awards show, will no longer happen, officials announced. Shawn Mendes, Alessia Cara, Justin Bieber, and more were up for awards.
Ultra Music Festival
Miami’s three-day electronic music festival was scheduled for the weekend of March 20, but has now been “suspended” until next year.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
The Rock Hall has postponed its class of 2020 induction ceremony until later this year. The event was previously set for May 2 in Cleveland, honoring Nine Inch Nails, Whitney Houston, Notorious B.I.G., Depeche Mode, T. Rex, and the Doobie Brothers.
Quavo’s Huncho Day on the Nawf
Migos rapper Quavo announced on Instagram that he is canceling his annual celebrity flag football game, originally slated for April 5. “We are disappointed, but feel strongly about doing our part to keep people safe and this virus contained. Thanks for your support and understanding,” he wrote.
The festival — originally meant to take place later this month and set to feature headliners Lana Del Rey and Travis Scott — will be postponed until the second half of the year.
J. Cole’s second annual Dreamville Festival, originally slated for April 4 in the rapper’s native North Carolina, has been postponed until August 29.
Something In The Water
Pharrell’s Virginia Beach Festival — which was set to include performances from the likes of Tyler, the Creator, Usher, and Chance the Rapper — has been canceled, organizers announced in a tweet. All tickets for 2020 will be honored at next year’s festival, scheduled for April 23-25, 2021.
iHeartRadio Music Awards
The 2020 awards show, originally scheduled to air on March 29 from L.A., has been postponed until a later date. According to a statement from iHeartRadio, online voting for the awards will continue until March 23, with the Best Fan Army category remaining open until March 27. Winners will be announced shortly thereafter. Halsey, Lizzo, and Justin Bieber were among the acts scheduled to perform at this year’s show, which was to be hosted by Usher.