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?

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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/

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.

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."

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)

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.

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.

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."

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.

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."

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."

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.

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

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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."

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

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