When the concert COVID-19 concert cancellation cascade started in early March, we started compiling a list of all the scheduled shows, tours, and festivals affected by the outbreak. As the situation worsened over the course of the ensuing days, it became clear that documenting every canceled/postponed show was a fool’s errand. We quickly pivoted to building a list of concerts that were still not canceled. That list, too, rapidly proved to be pointless. To borrow a concept from the sports world, there’s no need for a box score if the whole game is rained out.
With WHO and CDC guidelines now in place to limit the spread of the virus—and being tightened and extended at a rapid rate—everyone is beginning to come to terms with realities of the #QuarantineLife we’ll all be living for a while. What nobody can agree on, at this point, is just how long this new “normal” will last.
Rather than tell you all of the events that have been canceled, this article will track the elongation of the coronavirus concert shutdowns as they continue into the summer. We’ll keep you updated as the threshold of cancellations continues to move deeper into the year, update you on rescheduled dates, and keep general tabs on the novel coronavirus’ constantly developing disruption of the concert industry.
More so than any piece we’ve ever published, we hope this page becomes irrelevant as soon as possible. Until then, check back to keep tabs on the status of this unprecedented “live” hiatus.
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Tuesday, March 31, 2020, 1:00 p.m. ET
The 2020 edition of Boston Calling Music Festival has now been officially canceled. The festival was initially scheduled to take place on May 22nd–24th and feature a lineup including Foo Fighters, Rage Against The Machine, and Red Hot Chili Peppers. The festival will be reaching out to ticket buyers regarding options for refunds and/or rolling tickets over to next year’s event. Alabama’s Hangout Music Festival also announced its cancellation today. It was originally scheduled to take place on May 15th–18th.
These cancellation should come as no surprise at this point, as virtually every large-scale event during the month of May has been canceled or postponed.
Monday, March 30, 2020, 12:00 p.m. ET
The 2020 edition of Trondossa Music & Arts Festival, the Widespread Panic-hosted event originally scheduled to take place on May 16th and 17th, has been officially canceled due to the ongoing spread of the novel coronavirus. The 2020 edition of Rooster Walk, originally set to take place at the end of May, has also been canceled.
At this point, you can safely assume that any large-scale events scheduled to take place during the month of May will be canceled/postponed in the near future if haven’t already gotten the axe.
Monday, March 30, 2020, 11:30 a.m. ET
Barcelona, Spain’s annual Primavera Sound festival has been postponed. The event, originally set to take place in early June, has now set its sights on August 26th–30th. While this is far from the first early-June event we’ve seen get postponed, the rescheduled dates in August seem to indicate an increasingly common notion that large-scale concerts may be viable come late-Summer.
Monday, March 30, 2020, 11:00 a.m. ET
Various legacy artists have now called off extensive 2020 tours as we continue to fight against the spread of the coronavirus. Roger Waters‘ This Is Not A Drill tour, originally set to run from early July through early October, has been postponed until 2021. As Waters noted in the postponement announcement, “Bummer, but if it saves one life, it’s worth it.
Ringo Starr has also pushed his North American 2020 tour to next year. The tour was initially set to run from late May through early June. “This is very difficult for me,” the former The Beatles drummer said in a statement. “In 30 years I think I’ve only missed 2 or 3 gigs nevermind a whole tour. But this is how things are for all of us now, I have to stay in just like you have to stay in, and we all know it’s the peace and loving thing we do for each other.”
Both of these postponements seem to indicate that the acts are calling 2020 live shows a wash. Don’t be too discouraged, though. Both Waters and Starr are in the age demographic most susceptible to the virus, and their fans skew the same age. While they are both clearing their 2020 schedules, these were both massive tours. Their postponements don’t necessarily indicate that any shows in late-2020 will not be viable, but rather likely indicate that tours of this magnitude are not yet comfortable with pushing forward during this time of uncertainty.
Friday, March 27, 2020, 2:00 p.m. ET
Dark Star Orchestra announced that their spring tour has been rescheduled. Most of the rescheduled dates, originally slated to take place in March and April, will now take place in October and December. One date on the band’s rescheduled list, however, stands out: The band’s performance at The Caverns, originally scheduled for April 11th, has been moved to June 25th. While we’ve seen many of the scheduled events for this Spring move to the Fall, this is the earliest rescheduled date we’ve seen so far. Will events be viable come late-June? We don’t know for sure, but Dark Star Orchestra seems to be betting on it. For a full list of rescheduled tour dates, head here.
Thursday, March 26, 2020, 3:00 p.m. ET
Domefest, originally set to take place on May 14th–16th, has been canceled. The Pigeons Playing Ping Pong-hosted fest was one of the last holdouts for the month of May, which at this point you can safely assume will be as devoid of live music events as the month of April.
Thursday, March 26, 2020, 2:00 p.m. ET
New York City festival Governors Ball has been canceled due to the ongoing health crisis. The event was initially set to take place during the first weekend of June. The cancellation is the latest to push the threshold of the ongoing wave of event shutdowns into the early summer.
Thursday, March 26, 2020, 12:15 p.m. ET
Organizers for Illinois’ Summer Camp Music Festival have announced that the 2020 event will be postponed from its original scheduled dates of May 22nd–24th to August 21st-23rd, in hopes of outlasting the national spread of COVID-19. According to the announcement, all of the event’s top tier headliners (moe., Umphrey’s McGee, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead) have agreed to perform the new August dates, although due to the unavoidable schedule conflicts, a small number of artists on the 2020 lineup poster may change.
The postponement to August does allow the event to stand out from the heavily saturated schedule of major festivals which have been pushed back to the fall months, including Summerfest, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Coachella, and Bonnaroo. The August dates, however, are still uncertain with regard to the viability of large-scale events, so we’re hoping things are good to go by then to avoid another postponement.
Thursday, March 26, 2020, 10 a.m. ET
Two major cancellations came from the U.K. today in the forms of Download Festival and Isle Of Wight both pushing to 2021 amid health concerns. While many in the U.S. might not be paying terribly close attention to cancellations and postponements from across the pond, this one is significant as both festivals were set for the second weekend of June, with Download Festival going June 12th–14th and Isle of Wight 11th–14th. Download Festival was set to feature a hard rock lineup with headlining acts KISS, Iron Maiden, System of a Down, Korn, Deftones, and many more. Isle of Wight, on the other hand, is another of the U.K.’s long-standing pop megafestivals, in the same vein as Glastonbury, which has also been canceled. Isle Of Wight was set to host a lineup featuring Lionel Richie, Lewis Capaldi, Snow Patrol, The Chemical Brothers, Duran Duran, and many more.
This marks further festival cancellations pushing into the month of June, joining the previously mentioned Glastonbury, as well as Bonnaroo, Backwoods At Mulberry Mountain, Summerfest, Firefly, and an ever-expanding list of others in the United States.
Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 4:15 p.m. ET
Mountain Jam, which was set to return on May 29th–31st at New York’s Bethel Woods Center For The Arts with scheduled performances from Trey Anastasio Band, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Gov’t Mule, The Head and The Heart, Brandi Carlile, Greensky Bluegrass, Andy Frasco and the U.N., and more, has officially been canceled.
An announcement shared by event producer Gary Chetkof on Wednesday reads, “Mountain Jam will no longer be taking place this year. After 15 consecutive years we will miss all the familiar faces and uplifting vibes that our community shares.”
It’s worth taking note that while this Live Nation-produced festival has been canceled, various other Live Nation festivals like The Peach (July 2nd–5th) and Camp Bisco (July 9th–July 11th) are still, officially, going forward at this time. From this, we can assume that the production giant has accepted the doomed fate of live events in May, but continues to hold out hope for events later in the summer for the time being.
Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 3:00 p.m. ET
Trey Anastasio Band has officially canceled their 2020 summer tour, which was set to run from late May through early June. Trey’s main project, Phish, has yet to comment on its scheduled summer tour, which is set to begin in mid-July.
This seems to be in line with many of the current cancellations, which appear to show the concert industry abandoning dates in June and looking toward July as a potentially viable month for concerts to resume. That, or they’re just not ready to rule July out just yet.
Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 11:00 a.m. ET
Milwaukee, WI’s annual Summerfest, originally scheduled for June 24th—July 5th, 2020, has been postponed. The long-running summer festival will now take place between September 3rd and September 19th. As the postponement announcement notes, “The new dates provide the best possible option to deliver the Summerfest experience our fans and sponsors have grown to love; we are doing everything possible to continue a tradition which spans five decades.”
Today also brought the official cancellation of Firefly Music Festival, originally set to take place from June 18th–21st. The festival will not be rescheduled for later in the year, as organizers have opted to cancel this year’s event outright and instead look toward next year.
These events’ originally-scheduled late-June, early-July dates make them some of the later U.S. festivals to be canceled or postponed. We’ll continue to keep an eye on the various events still scheduled to take place during June and July timeframe as their viability continues to change by the day.
Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 9:30 a.m. ET
The International Olympic Committee has confirmed that the Summer Olympic Games originally set to take place from July 24th–August 9th have been officially postponed. The International Olympic Committee has stated that the Tokyo Olympic Games should be rescheduled for “no later than summer 2021.”
While this is not a “concert,” it is a very large, international gathering, which could give some indication as to the viability of large events in the late summer of 2020. As of now, most events and tours set to take place during this late-summer timeframe have not commented on their status.
While the originally-set Olympic games mark one of the latest-scheduled 2020 events to get the axe due to COVID-19, the thought process behind the Olympics’ postponement was surely heavily influenced by the nature of the Games, which bring people from virtually everywhere in the world to a small, somewhat confined location. While this doesn’t necessarily change the situation for domestic music festivals and tours during July/August, it certainly puts those shows on watch.
Saturday, March 21, 2020, 4:00 p.m. ET
Epicenter, Welcome To Rockville, and Sonic Temple have all been canceled for 2020 by Danny Wimmer Presents. The three large hard rock and heavy metal festivals were scheduled for the first three weekends of May. Epicenter was slated for May 1st–3rd in Marston, NC; Welcome To Rockville in Daytona Beach, FL (May 8th–10th); and Sonic Temple in Columbus, OH (May 15th–17th). That same production company also puts on Louder Than Life in Louisville, KY (9/18–20) and Aftershock in Sacramento, CA (10/9–11). As of today, both of those festivals are still scheduled to occur. DWM has even given fans with tickets to any of the canceled festivals the option to redeem their passes for entry at either Louder Than Life or Aftershock. Otherwise, tickets for the canceled festivals will be honored with refunds or admission to next year’s event.
The cancellation of these three large festivals in the first half of May shows the line in the sand being pushed further back toward the beginning of summer. While they may not be the latest festivals to be canceled in terms of dates (which goes to Glastonbury which was scheduled for June 24th–28th), it joins a growing number of May events that are beginning to be canceled.
Saturday, March 21, 2020. 12:00 p.m. ET
Suwannee Rising, originally scheduled to take place at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL on April 16th–18th, has been officially postponed. In their official statement, festival organizers noted that considering “the uncertainty about COVID-19. we feel uneasy about choosing a future date to hold this event. We will closely monitor this pandemic and consult the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control, Florida Department of Health, and our local health department.”
The cancellation of the April festival was all but a certainty as large events across the country (and the world) have been halted through the month. However, while some of the earlier postponed festivals were quick to announce rescheduled dates for later this year, the fact that Suwannee Rising is holding off from doing so may indicate a shift in the projected length of this concert hiatus.
Friday, March 20, 2020, 5:00 p.m. ET
After initially announcing its April 2020 postponement earlier this week, Sweetwater 420 Fest revealed its rescheduled dates for when the Atlanta, GA-based festival returns next year on April 23rd-25th, 2021. Event organizers confirmed they have locked in a number of artists who were supposed to perform at this year’s event prior to its cancelation, including Oysterhead, Trey Anastasio Band, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Lettuce, Toots & The Maytals, and more.
This move seems like it was mostly focused on efforts to retain the festival’s scheduled 2020 lineup, so it’s hard to say whether it gives any indication as to the viability of concerts and festivals in the second half of 2020.
Thursday, March 19th, 2020, 12:00 p.m. ET
As of now, we can assume that all March 2020 shows and festivals have been canned. April is also looking pretty bare, with large-scale festivals like New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (originally April 23rd–May 3rd), Coachella (originally April 10th–12th, April 17th–19th; now October 9th–11th, October 16th–18th), and StageCoach (originally April 24th–26th; now October 23rd–25th) postponing to the fall and SweetWater 420 Fest on indefinite postponement/cancellation.
While many scheduled events for the month of May continue to hold out hope that the virus will have run its course by then, May event postponements have already begun, most notably with BottleRock Napa (originally May 22nd–24th) moving to the first weekend of October. The cancellations and postponements have begun pushing into June, as well, with Bonnaroo (originally scheduled for June 11th–14th) pushing back until September and Glastonbury (originally June 24th–28th) and Backwoods at Mulberry Mountain (originally June 4th–7th) canceling outright. The Rolling Stones also notably postponed their entire spring/summer tour of North America, which was set to run from early May through early July.
For now, it seems that the industry is hoping that events in July will be safe from the cascade of cancellations.
Check back for more updates on COVID-19 concert cancellation timeframes as the situation continues to unfold.
[Originally published 3/19/20]