Coronavirus: Which gigs and festivals have been cancelled?
11 May 2020, 16:29 | Updated: 27 July 2020, 11:51
Which major events have been cancelled because of the spread of coronavirus? Which other tours and festivals are currently affected?
Measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus - or COVID-19 - have meant that many cities around the world are on lockdown and people are encouraged to practise "social distancing". With venues, theatres and cinemas all shutting up shop for the time being, this obviously has a huge impact on live music. Here are the latest major gigs, tours and festivals affected.
Neighbourhood Weekender - rescheduled for 2021
The Warrington Festival, which was set to take place on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 May 2020 - with headliners in Ian Brown and Catfish and The Bottlemen - was previously postponed until September 2020, but has now been moved to Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 May 2021. Full ticket information is available at the festival's official site https://nbhdweekender.com/
We were hopeful a few months ago that we could all be back together this September, but following updated government advice, we have now made the decision to move the festival to next year on the same weekend it has been historically. 💙— NBHD Weekender (@nbhdweekender) May 27, 2020
Full statement and updated lineup below pic.twitter.com/qV3EjYZBL4
Reading and Leeds Festival 2020 - cancelled
The two-site festival over the August Bank Holiday has unfortunately been cancelled for 2021. Tickets can be held over for next year, but full details can be found at the official Reading and Leeds sites.
We're so sorry to announce that Reading and Leeds 2020 will no longer be taking place. Please read our full statement below. Keep safe and see you all next year ❤️💛 pic.twitter.com/gsKMEzd0Cw— Reading & Leeds Fest (@OfficialRandL) May 12, 2020
Kendal Calling Festival 2020 - Cancelled
The popular festival in the Lake District was due to take place betwee 30 July and 2 August, with Supergrass, Stereophonics and Foals headlining. Organisers say: “If you are able to keep hold of your ticket, we would ask that you do – your support will allow us to navigate this difficult period.
“For now we turn our attentions to 2021 and the festival gathering of a lifetime; we are working behind the scenes with artists and will be looking to announce 2021’s 15th (again!) birthday celebrations lineup in the coming weeks."
The Killers- postponed until 2021
The band's UK and Ireland tour in support of the new album Imploding The Mirage have been pushed back until next year. They say: "The single most important thing is that you all take care of yourselves and be safe and healthy. These are going to be the same great shows, but we have to move them to next year. All tickets will be honored, so we really hope you will join us. If you can’t, please contact your ticket agent."
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UK and Ireland friends...We must postpone our UK and Ireland dates due to COVID. The single most important thing is that you all take care of yourselves and be safe and healthy. These are going to be the same great shows, but we have to move them to next year. All tickets will be honored, so we really hope you will join us. If you can’t, please contact your ticket agent.
DMA's - dates rescheduled
The Australian trio's huge Alexandra Palace show is still scheduled to take place on 23 October, as previously announced but their May tour has now been pushed back to October too.
The new dates are as follows:
14 October 02 Guildhall, Southampton (previously 5 May)
15 October University of East Anglia, Norwich (previously 6 May)
17 October Bonus Arena, Hull (previously 1 May)
18 October Hit The North Festival, Newcastle (previously 3 May)
23 October Alexandra Palace, London (originally scheduled date)
Happy to announce our rescheduled May dates will be happening in October. All tickets still valid and more available at https://t.co/iRwZLrjAA3— DMA'S (@dmasmusic) April 24, 2020
Ireland..news to come
Stay safe ❤️💚💙 pic.twitter.com/61Kx4FDgaj
Opener 2020 - cancelled
Poland's biggest festival has been cancelled for 2020, but artists are already being confirmed for the 2021 event, including Twenty One Pilots and DMA's.
TRNSMT Festival - 2021 dates confirmed
The festival has also confirmed its dates for 2021 and said tickets can be rolled over - now they have confirmed that Courteeners, Liam Gallagher and Lewis Capaldi will still headline next year.
Here it is… your TRNSMT 2021 line-up!— TRNSMT Festival (@TRNSMTfest) May 4, 2020
We know that tens of thousands of you bought tickets for TRNSMT 2020 and were looking forward to seeing this year's line up, so we've moved quickly to secure the acts confirmed for 2020, for 2021's festival! For more, go to our website. pic.twitter.com/RUIEiJdhp4
Primavera Sound 2020 - cancelled
The festivak was due to celebrate its 20th birthday this summer, but the next event will now take place in June 2021.
Bailaremos juntos de nuevo. Muchas gracias por vuestro apoyo. pic.twitter.com/wT0yznWVuB— primavera_sound (@Primavera_Sound) May 11, 2020
The 1975 - Finsbury Park show rescheduled
The band have confirmed the new date for the gig in the north London Park will take place on 10 July 2021.
Roskilde Festival 2020 - cancelled
Like Glastonbury, the Danish festival was to be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2020. The organisers are "devastated" to cancel this year's event, adding "Though we feared this would happen, we have until now hoped that it wouldn’t end this way. However, the risk of getting infected with the COVID-19 virus is too large when many people are gathered, and that consideration is by far the most important."
En trist besked. Der bliver ingen Roskilde Festival til sommer.— Roskilde Festival (@orangefeeling) April 6, 2020
A sad message. There will be no Roskilde Festival this summer.
More info: https://t.co/Jx1mcx8yLW
Gerry Cimmaon - dates rescheduled
The Scottish singer-songwriter previously rescheduled some of his UK tour dates, which were due to support his Number 1 album The Bonny. Gerry has also pushed back his upcoming outdoor gigs, which included a huge homecoming date at Glasgow's Hampden Park.
Rescheduled dates for NI/IRE and Hampden.— GERRY CINNAMON (@GerryCinnamon) April 28, 2020
Until next time. Stay safe. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/pkULQVXkYk
Download Festival 2020 - cancelled
The annual celebration of rock was due to take place at Donington between 12 and 14 June, but has now been cancelled. Organisers say "Rest assured, we will be back next year." KISS, Iron Maiden and System Of A Down were due to headline. The festival says: "We are working closely with our ticketing partners now and they will be in touch very soon to process your refund, or, if you prefer, you can retain your ticket and carry it over to next year."
Download 2020 will not be going ahead, read the full statement here. pic.twitter.com/zyMSk91iMu— Download Festival (@DownloadFest) March 26, 2020
Isle Of Wight festival 2020 - cancelled
The event was due to take place in June, but has now been cancelled. Organisers say: "We’ll be back stronger than ever on the 17th-21st June 2021 and we hope to see you all again."
Isle of Wight Festival 2020 Statement pic.twitter.com/sn8lTj5NHp— Isle of Wight Fest (@IsleOfWightFest) March 26, 2020
Elbow - rescheduled for 2021
The Bury band were due to take their new album, Giants Of All Sizes, out on tour at the end of March, but these shows were rescheduled for September and October. However, with continuing uncertainty over live events in the UK, the shows will now take place in 2021.
With the ongoing uncertainty regarding social gatherings in the UK & Europe, elbow have rescheduled their current 2020 tour for 2021.— elbow (@Elbow) May 28, 2020
The safety & wellbeing of elbow’s fans and crew is paramount.
All existing tickets remain valid. Visit https://t.co/CqW6rJUDsW for more info. pic.twitter.com/SpqKWsRZsd
Blossoms - tour rescheduled for 2021
The Stockport band were due to take their new album Foolish Loving Spaces on tour in the Spring of 2020, but these shows will now take place in 2021. Tickets for the original dates will still be valid.
Blossoms 2021 tour dates:
20 March - Leicester O2 Academy
21 March - Cambridge Junction
23 March - Newcastle O2 Academy
24 March - Glasgow O2 Academy
26 March - Hull Bonus Arena
27 March - Leeds O2 Academy
29 March - London O2 Forum Kentish Town
30 March - London O2 Forum Kentish Town
31 March - London O2 Forum Kentish Town
2 April - Birmingham O2 Academy
3 April - Manchester Arena
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Hiya. Really sorry to have to do this again but due to the current COVID-19 situation around the world we’re having to reschedule our remaining UK tour dates. These shows will now take place in March/April 2021. All of your tickets remain valid for the new dates so please keep hold of them and we look forward to playing for you all next year x Special guests on all remaining dates are @themagicgang (all except 20th & 21st March), @thelathums (all except 29th March) and @feverbanduk (20th, 21st and 29th March only). Remaing tickets are available now from the link in our bio. MARCH 2021 Sat 20 – Leicester @o2academyleicester Sun 21 – @cambridgejunction Tue 23 – Newcastle @o2academynewcastle Wed 24 – Glasgow @o2academygla Fri 26 – Hull @bonusarenahull Sat 27 – Leeds @o2academyleeds Mon 29 – London @o2forumktown Tue 30 – London @o2forumktown Wed 31 – London @o2forumktown APRIL 2021 Fri 02 – Birmingham @o2academybham Sat 03 – @manchesterarena
Glastonbury Festival 2020 - cancelled/postponed
Despite announcing their final headliner only last week, Michael and Emily Eavis have announced that 2020 will be an "enforced fallow year" for the festival. Tickets sold for this year's event will "roll over" until the next, but all kinds of arrangements for those who have paid depsoits are in place - see www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk for all the details.
They added: "We very much hope that the situation in the UK will have improved enormously by the end of June. But even if it has, we are no longer able to spend the next three months with thousands of crew here on the farm, helping us with the enormous job of building the infrastructure and attractions needed to welcome more than 200,000 people to a temporary city in these fields."
We are so sorry to announce this, but we are going to have to cancel Glastonbury 2020. Tickets for this year will roll over to next year. Full statement below and on our website. Michael & Emily pic.twitter.com/ox8kcQ0HoB— Glastonbury Festival (@glastonbury) March 18, 2020
The Who - rescheduled for 2021
The legendary duo of Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend have postponed their UK and Ireland dates - plus a show as part of the Teenage Cancer Trust series of dates at the Royal Albert Hall - until later in the year. The shows have now been rescheduled until March 2021. Daltrey said: "It may be the last time we do a tour of this type, so keep those tickets, as the shows will be fantastic." The new dates are:
Friday 5 March 2021 3 Arena Dublin
Monday 8 March 2021 M&S Bank Liverpool
Wednesday 10 March 2021 SSE Hydro, Glasgow
Friday 12 March 2021 Utilita Newcastle
Monday 15 March 2021 First Direct Arena Leeds
Wednesday 17 March 2021 RWA Birmingham
Monday 22 March 2021 SSE Arena Wembley
Wednesday 24 March 2021 Motorpoint Arena Nottingham
Saturday 27 March 2021 Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
Monday 29 March 2021 Manchester Arena