Coronavirus: Which gigs and festivals have been cancelled?

27 March 2020, 15:24 | Updated: 27 March 2020, 16:12

Glastonbury Festival is the latest major event to be 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.

COVID-19 under the microscope
COVID-19 under the microscope. Picture: iStock / Getty Images Plus

Liam Gallagher at Heaton Park - cancelled

The former Oasis star's homecoming show on Friday 12 June has been cancelled - along with Parklife festival which was due to take the following weekend. Liam tweeted: "We’re gonna have to wait to get together another time, it’ll taste so much sweeter when we finally do. Stay safe, wash yer hands, scrub yer toes, scratch your ass and pick yer nose.”

All Points East - cancelled

The festival - which was set to take place in London's Victoria Park this May with headliners in Tame Impala, Massive Attack, Kwaftwerk and The Kooks and The Wombats - have now confirmed it cannot take place in 2020.

Neighbourhood Weekender - cancelled

The Warrington-based two-day festival was set to set to take place on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 May with headliners in Ian Brown and Catfish and The Bottlemen. It's been announced that the event will now take place on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 September. Tickets remain valid for the new dates. Full ticket information is available at the festival's official site https://nbhdweekender.com/

Download Festival - 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."

Elbow - rescheduled for Sep/Oct

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 have now been rescheduled for September and October. Tickets for the original dates will remain valid. The new itinerary looks like this:

Elbow UK Tour Dates 2020

17 September Hull, Bonus Arena (originally 8 April)
19 September Leeds, O2 Academy (originally 6 April)
20 September Leeds, O2 Academy (originally 7 April)
21 September Leicester, De Montfort Hall (originally 23 April)
23 September Manchester, O2 Apollo (originally 1 April)
24 September Manchester, O2 Apollo (originally 3 April)
25 September Manchester, O2 Apollo (originally 4 April)
29 September Newcastle, O2 Academy (originally 16 April)
30 September Newcastle, O2 Academy (originally 17 April)
1 October Glasgow, O2 Academy (tickets for both 13 and 14 April will be valid)
3 October Brighton, Centre (originally 24 April)
4 October Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena (originally 18 April)
5 October Bournemouth, International Centre (originally 25 April)
8 October Portsmouth, Guildhall (originally 21 April)
10 October Plymouth, Pavilions (originally 20 April)
13 October Liverpool, Eventim Olympia (originally 31 March)
15 October Edinburgh, Usher Hall (originally 10 April)
16 October Edinburgh, Usher Hall (originally 11 April)
19 October London, Eventim Apollo (originally 27 April)
20 October London, Eventim Apollo (originally 28 April)
21 October London, Eventim Apollo (originally 29 April)

The show at Belfast, Waterfront Hall on 29 March will now take place on 28 June.

Full details are available at https://elbow.co.uk/

Blossoms - tour rescheduled for August

The Stockport band were due to take their new album Foolish Loving Spaces on tour in March, but these shows will now take place in August. Tickets for the original dates will still be valid.

Blossoms 2020 tour dates:

4 August - London O2 Forum Kentish Town
5 August - London O2 Forum Kentish Town
6 August - London O2 Forum Kentish Town
15 August - Leeds O2 Academy
19 August - Glasgow O2 Academy
21 August - Hull Bonus Arena
22 August - Manchester Arena
25 August - Newcastle O2 Academy
26 August - Birmingham O2 Academy

BST Hyde Park - statement issued

The annual series of shows in London's Hyde Park - which this year features Pearl Jam, Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar and Little Mix among others - have issued a statement saying "These are challenging and unprecedented times which remain fluid and ever-changing, and so over the past week we have been seeking further clarification."

All Points East - statement issued

The East London event is due to take place over the last two weekends in May, and organisers are waiting for "further clarification" from the government over whether mass gatherings will be allowed by then. "As soon as we have the full information, we will pass that on to you."

This Is Tomorrow Festival - postponed until August

The Newcastle festival, due to happen at the end of May will now take place on August 14-16 2020 with the line-up still intact, including headliners Sam Fender, Gerry Cinnamon and Royal Blood. All tickets remain valid for the rescheduled dates.

This Is Tomorrow Festival
This Is Tomorrow Festival. Picture: Press

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 O2 Arena - temporarily closed

The huge venue in Greenwich, London has announced that it will be closing its doors until the end of March 2020. Shows affected include David Gray and Santana. Further details are available at www.theo2.co.uk

Teenage Cancer Trust - cancelled

The charity was due to mark its 30th anniversary with a string of shows between 25 and 29 March with shows from Stereophonics, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Paul Weller, The Who, Mumford And Sons and Nile Rodgers & Chic. However, the Royal Albert Hall has announced its temporary closure, meaning the gigs will no longer go aheead. No updates as yet on whether the dates will be re-scheduled.

Foo Fighters - US tour postponed

The band's Van Tour - which was due to kick off their 25th anniversary celebrations in April - has now been postponed until December. Dave Grohl wrote in a message: ""We f**kin' love you guys. So let's do this right and rain check sh*t. The album is done and it's f**lin' killer. The lights and stage are in the trucks, ready to go. The SECOND we are given the go ahead, we'll come tear sh*t up like we always do. Promise."

Biffy Clyro - ticket sales on hold

The Scottish trio have delayed ticket sales for their UK, European and Australian dates, which were due to start in September and go all the way through to January 2021. In a statement, the band said: "While the dates and venues remain unaffected, we feel that due to the current uncertainty the time is not right to make tickets available."

The Killers - ticket sales on hold

The Las Vegas band have also halted ticket sales for their 2020 late summer/autumn tour dates over the outbreak. The shows were set kick off in Denver on 18 August and end in Detroit on 10 October, before heading to Australia in November, then Mexico in December.

"In addition, once we go on sale, we will be providing a portion of our ticketing income to local organisations who help people whose service industry jobs are impacted by the Coronavirus in each of our tour cities.

"We are taking this personally."

Billie Eilish - US tour dates postponed

The US pop star has announced the postponement of her North American tour dates between 13 and 28 March. She said: " Please keep yourselves healthy. I love you."

Record Store Day 2020 - postponed

The annual celebration of vinyl and music in all its physical forms has been pushed back to 20 June from the original date of 18 April. The organisers said: "As good citizens of those communities we want everyone to be safe, healthy and feel comfortable coming to the party." All the scheduled special releases will be held back until the new date.

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

Bombay Bicycle Club

The London band have postponed their European tour set to begin on 15 March because the majority of cities on the itinerary have introduced limitations on public gatherings to try and prevent further spread of the virus.

Coachella

Coachella Music and Arts Festival, where Rage Against The Machine, Frank Ocean and Travis Scott were set to headline, has been officially postponed until October.

The festival will now take place from 9 to 11 October and from 23 to 25 October 2020.

Taking to Twitter, Goldenvoice wrote: "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".

My Chemical Romance

The reformed rock band have cancelled their Japanese tour dates, including a headlining slot at Download Festival Japan on 29 March.

SXSW

The annual music showcase and conference in Austin Texas has been cancelled completely. It was due to take place between 13 and 22 March. In a tweet, the organisers said: "We are devastated to share this news with you" and went on: "'The show must go on' is in our DNA, and this is the first time in 34 years that the March event will not take place.

"We are committed to do our part to help protect our staff, attendees, and fellow Austinites.

"We are exploring options to reschedule the event and are working to provide a virtual SXSW online experience as soon as possible for 2020 participants."

Green Day

The US trio called off March shows due to take place in Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, Taipei, Hong Kong, South Korea and Japan. They Tweeted: "We have unfortunately made the difficult decision to postpone our upcoming shows in Asia due to the health + travel concerns with coronavirus.

"We know it sucks, as we were looking forward to seeing you all, but hold on to your tickets we'll be announcing the new dates very soon."

Pixies

The American indie rockers cancelled their Japanese shows, but have now also dropped the remainder of their Australian dates in Perth, Brisbane and Sydney. The dates will be rescheduled.

The National

The band were due to play shows in Tokyo on 17 and 18 March but have had to cancel. They announced on Twitter: "Much to our disappointment, in the interest of public safety our March 17+18 dates in Tokyo have been cancelled," they said in a statement. Refunds will be available at the point of purchase from March 3 to March 31, 2020.

"We look forward to returning in the future and performing for our friends in Japan."

Stormzy

BRIT Award winner Stormzy cancelled the Asian leg of his 2020 tour, where he was due to visit Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, China and South Korea this March.

On Twitter, the musician said: "I was seriously looking forward to bringing the #HITH World tour to Asia and playing some epic sold out shows but due to the ongoing health and travel concerns surrounding the coronavirus, I'm regrettably having to reschedule this leg of the tour."

"I promise I'll be back," he said. The star has also called off an appearance at X-TRA in Zurich, Switzerland on 5 March after the government's ban of events featuring more than 1,000 people.

Stormzy performs at Le Trianon on February 29, 2020 in Paris, France.
Stormzy performs at Le Trianon on February 29, 2020 in Paris, France. Picture: David Wolff - Patrick/Redferns/Getty Images

Slipknot

The masked metal band have cancelled their Asian dates, writing: "While decisions like this are not easy, the safet and well-being of the band's fans always comes first."

Knotfest

Knotfest Japan announced the news, writing: "Slipknot, their management, and out entire staff sincerely apologise for any inconveniences this has caused customers who have been looking forward to the festival."

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