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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Wednesday, May 27th. 1:00 p.m. ET
Organizers at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, CA have canceled the entire season’s worth of performances for the first time in 90 years as the COVID-19 pandemic continues its hold on the live events industry heading into the summer months and beyond.
Announced on Tuesday, The Greek Theatre’s cancellation of its entire 2020 season aligns with State, County, and City mass gathering guidelines for COVID-19 prevention. The announcement comes just weeks after the nearby Hollywood Bowl canceled its own 2020 season for the first time in 98 years.
Fans should note that while the 2020 season will not take place as planned, not all of the scheduled concerts have been outright canceled, as some have been postponed and rescheduled with new confirmed dates.
Head to the official venue website for more info on the 2020 season’s cancelation.
Monday, May 25th. 5:00 p.m. ET
As cities around the country gradually start to reopen, small, socially distant live performances are beginning to pick back up. Of note, Nashville, TN—the music city—has entered phase two of its reopening plan, which allows for certain live performances to resume with social distancing measures in place.
According to the “Restaurants & Bars Serving Food” section official reopening roadmap for the city of Nashville, phase two stipulates that “Live entertainment [is] allowed with proper social distancing—no more than 2 performers at one time, dance floors remain closed.” While it opens the possibility for live shows, phase two of Nashville’s reopening roadmap stipulates that bar areas in the newly reopened performance spaces must remain closed. Venues also are required to open and 75% capacity (up from 50% capacity during phase one) and clean all surfaces after every use, while all employees must wear masks and be screened daily for coronavirus symptoms.
Of note, the plan separates “Restaurants & Bars Serving Food” and “Socially-Driven Businesses” (like bars, clubs, karaoke bars, tours, and “live entertainment”) into separate categories. While phase two allows for live performances to begin under the aforementioned circumstances at “Restaurants & Bars Serving Food”, “Socially-Driven Businesses” will remain closed during phase two.
Assuming the city can continue to maintain “positive improvement” or stability in the deciding metrics for the next 14 days, phase three will begin on Monday, June 8th. Phase three will allow “Restaurants & Bars Serving Food” to reopen at full capacity with bar areas open at 50% capacity, while “Socially-Driven Businesses” will be allowed to re-open at 50% capacity. The plan notes, however, that if metrics indicate a negative trend over the next two weeks, the city will return to phase two. For more information, head here.
Monday, May 25th, 10:30 a.m. ET
Spafford played in front of a live audience during a performance at Mesa, AZ’s Digital Drive-In on Sunday night. Not a live stream from home or a video of all the members spliced together, but an honest-to-goodness live, ticketed performance with an audience. That audience may have been confined to their cars and the areas immediately surrounding said cars, but this performance marks the first baby steps toward normalcy for the music industry.
While Spafford is certainly not the first act to think of this idea, as DJ Marc Rebillet announced an entire drive-in tour earlier this month, they have shown that the idea is viable both economically and medically. Even as traditional concerts and festivals are canceled through the summer, Spafford and other like-minded acts are showing that there is a path forward. It may be the path less traveled, but it will get us there nonetheless.
Monday, May 25th, 9:00 a.m. ET
In a new feature, The New York Times spoke to the movers and shakers in every corner of the live event industry about the potential fate of events in late 2020. While people had different things to say about the topic, the theme was the same across the board and fell in line with what we’ve been finding over the last few weeks in our Cancellation Tracker: Most of them are now looking past 2020 and into next year.
The article, “The Fall of Autumn: Live Performance Producers Are Giving Up on 2020,” checks in with everyone from orchestra producers to theater impresarios to independent venues to executives from promotion giants like Live Nation and AEG.
Explained Henry Timms, president of New York’s iconic Lincoln Center, “It’s very hard right now to see a path to anything which looks like the traditional fall season. Absent some material change, from a medical perspective, in the world at large.”
This generally-accepted notion marks a start change from the beginning of the lockdowns, when a slew of spring and early summer festivals pushed their dates to later in the year. Paul Tollett, the promoter for large-scale events like Coachella, one of the first major 2020 festivals to postpone until the fall, declined to comment for the NYT piece.
Some of the entities reached for comment in the piece provided some insight into what they may do in place of “regular” live shows. “It’s going to be organizations with 50 seats or 25 seats that will be innovating,” said Molly Smith, the artistic director of Arena Stage in Washington. “That’s how we’re going to learn.”
The piece continued, “As venues do open, expect fewer intermissions, digital-only ticketing, and more rules about entering and exiting. ‘The airline industry has become adept at loading people by zones,’ said Hillary J. Hart, executive director of Houston’s Theater Under the Stars. “Could you do that in a theater?”
While some organizations are experimenting with reduced-capacity, socially distant events, others see them as an impossibility for reasons both economic to philosophical. “An audience that is scattered that much isn’t an audience, it’s disassociated observers,” said Michael Ritchie, artistic director at the Center Theater Group.
In the end, the “when” aspect of the return to relative normalcy in the world of live events may depend greatly on public opinion—when will audiences feel comfortable with going to shows once again? The Times noted that there are multiple ongoing social studies into the conditions under which fans would willing to return, and initial reports have found “considerable wariness.”
Appropriately, the feature ends on an ambiguous note. The short of all this: Nobody knows. “With all that uncertainty, large organizations are drafting plans for a variety of scenarios, even as most of them are now focusing on resumption early next year,” the piece notes. “More optimistic: mount a show by Thanksgiving to capture at least some holiday revenue. More pessimistic: cancel the entire season and start fresh next summer.”
“There’s a balancing act,” said Christopher Ashley, the artistic director at San Diego’s La Jolla Playhouse, “between trying to stay hopeful and being realistic.” Read the full New York Times feature here.
Wednesday, May 20th. 5:00 p.m. ET
As the usual “summer tour season” gets closer and closer, large-scale engagements continue to set their sights on 2021 rather than trying to navigate the minefield that is 2020. Wednesday brought official tour cancellations/postponements from Tedeschi Trucks Band, Deftones, James Taylor and Jackson Browne, and Barenaked Ladies, to name a few.
With no end to the concert shutdown in sight, many festivals are beginning to launch virtual events instead. Wednesday brought the announcement of Quarantine Comes Alive, modeled after events like Denver Comes Alive and Brooklyn Comes Alive (which was set to take place in late March before COVID-19 forced its postponement until 2021). The full-day virtual music marathon will predominantly feature new “live” performances captured during the ongoing lockdown by 60+ artists. Proceeds from Quarantine Comes Alive will be split between the participating artists and the comprehensive PLUS1 COVID-19 Relief Fund. For more information about Quarantine Comes Alive, head here.
Tuesday, May 19th, 2:00 p.m. ET
Here’s something we haven’t reported in a while: An actual concert at an actual theater with an actual audience took place last night, Monday, May 18th. As previously reported in this piece, Travis McCready performed a show for a significantly-reduced audience at Arkansas theater, TempleLive. Initially scheduled to take place on May 15th—prior to the start of the state’s reopening process for indoor concert venues—TempleLive was hit with a cease and desist order over the highly-publicized first ticketed indoor show since the lockdown began. TempleLive and McCready were able to move their show to May 18th, the day venues were allowed to begin reopening, and the show went ahead as planned with social distancing protocols in place. Check out some photos of the socially distant show here.
Tuesday, May 19th, 10:00 a.m. ET
One of the highest-profile tours of the now-decimated summer 2020 concert season has finally thrown in the towel. The HELLA MEGA stadium tour featuring Weezer, Green Day, and Fall Out Boy has been postponed until 2021. New dates have yet to be announced, though the bands noted that the 2021 dates will take place at the same venues initially scheduled for 2021. For more details, head here.
Monday, May 18th, 4:00 p.m. ET
As venues both large and small sit empty, their operators are getting increasingly creative in order to drive business to the spaces in one way or another.
Major League ballparks have started rolling out different kinds of socially distant programming as both games and regular concerts continue to be ruled out. Last week, a drive-in Concert In Your Car series at the Texas Rangers‘ Globe Life Park in Arlington, TX was announced. A similar drive-in-style series is reportedly in the works at New York’s Yankee Stadium. Up in Boston, the Red Sox‘s Fenway Park will host an upcoming performance by Dropkick Murphys (with help from Bruce Springsteen) which will air via live stream, making it the first time a band has ever played a full show in an empty sports stadium.
Smaller venues are looking outside the normal concert sphere to stay afloat. The Pabst Theater Group, the company that owns Milwaukee, WI venues like The Riverside Theater, The Pabst Theater, and Turner Hall Ballroom, is now offering “Elopement” packages to couples whose weddings have been affected by the pandemic, offering a better-than-your-front-porch alternative for small (no more than ten people) wedding parties. For more information, head here.
Friday, May 15th, 2:30 p.m. ET
Resonance Music & Arts Festival has been postponed to 2021. The gathering was set for September 17th—20th at Cooper’s Lake in Slippery Rock, PA, making it one of the furthest festivals to be canceled. Considering how many other festivals have rescheduled for August/September, the Resonance postponement could prove those movements futile.
In a lengthy post to the event’s Facebook page, organizers laid out an incentive for fans to hang onto their tickets. Earlier this year, the festival offered a Buy One Get One free promotion for a limited time. Not only will both of those tickets be valid for next year, but any ticketholder who missed out on that sale and decides he/she wants to hold onto said ticket for 2021 will receive a free ticket in honor of his/her commitment.
Additionally, a form to request a refund will be made available on Sunday, May 17th. Visit Resonance’s Facebook page for more information and to see the full post.
Thursday, May 14th, 7:00 p.m. ET
With most of the regular touring and concert industry now officially canceled for the foreseeable future, we’re seeing bands start to adapt their models in order to play live shows. From crowdless, concept “tours” by bands like Twiddle and SunSquabi to Pigeons Playing Ping Pong‘s multi-set Homefest to Goose‘s virtual Bingo Tour to Spafford‘s late-May drive-in show, bands are starting to find new ways to perform for their fans now, even while regular mass gatherings remain out of the question.
Thursday, May 14th, 9:00 a.m. ET
Just hours after reports began to circulate informing Los Angeles residents that the city’s stay-at-home orders are fully expected to be extended for the next three months into the summer, organizers at the Hollywood Bowl in the Hollywood Hills area of Los Angeles announced the cancellation of all upcoming LA Phil-presented concerts for the entire 2020 season. The landmark move marks the first time in 98 years that the popular outdoor amphitheater has canceled an entire season.
The venue is operated by non-profit Los Angeles Philharmonic Assn, which has cited “A lack of resolution on the coronavirus crisis” as the reason for the full-season cancellation. The organization will also furlough 25% of its full-time non-union workforce, all members of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra (through Sept. 30, 2020), and will let go of all Hollywood Bowl’s seasonal employees. Fans should click here to learn more about the 2020 cancelation, and how to donate money to assist the employees of the non-profit organization during the lack of seasonal income.
Wednesday, May 13th, 5:00 p.m. ET
Cancellations continued today as Bob Dylan called off his 2020 tour. Despite continued tour cancellations, inventive solutions to the ongoing mass gathering issue continue to pop up. The drive-in-style Concert From Your Car series is now set to take place at the Texas Rangers‘ Globe Life Park in Arlington, TX in June and smaller venues in the South like Charleston Pour House are beginning to open for smaller shows with strict distancing guidelines in place.
While artists and promoters continue to pivot to make unusual live events happen, however, not all of their efforts are turning out successfully. On Tuesday, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson announced that the state Department of Health will issue a cease and desist order to stop Fort Smith theater TempleLive from going through with their highly-publicized, socially-distanced Travis McCready show this Friday.
Tuesday, May 12th, 12:00 p.m. ET
Organizers for Colorado’s Beanstalk Music Festival has made an interesting move with regard to their scheduled June event. Rather than canceling the festival due to the ongoing pandemic, Beanstalk will now take place on the same weekend as a drive-in-style event at Fort Collins, CO’s Holiday Twin Drive-In Theater. Beanstalk: At The Drive-In will adhere to state social distancing guidelines in an effort to provide fans with the live music experience they crave while keeping their health and safety in mind. For more information on the re-tooled Beanstalk: At The Drive-In festival, head here.
While the June dates of the event keep it in line with the overall cancellation threshold, this is the first time we’ve seen an event pivot to the increasingly popular drive-in model rather than canceling or postponing. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. If it’s a success, you can look for more events to explore this route.
Tuesday, May 12th, 10:00 a.m. ET
moe. has announced the cancellation of its 2020 summer tour. A post from the band on social media notes that the tour will be moved to 2021,
“We are saddened to announce, due to the ongoing pandemic, our 2020 summer tour has been rescheduled to the summer of 2021. This decision is made with the health, safety, and well-being of our famoe.ly as the top priority. Previously purchased tickets will be honored for these rescheduled dates. Please contact the initial point of purchase for specific information about refunds.”
This comes just one day after the postponement of The Peach Music Festival, where moe. was due to perform. In addition to Peach, eight other shows scheduled this summer have been moved to 2021. See the band’s post for a full list of dates.
Tuesday, May 12th, 9:00 a.m. ET
The Black Keys have officially canceled their 2020 summer tour. As the announcement from the band notes,
“We are very disappointed to let you know the US ‘Let’s Rock’ Summer tour is no longer happening. We were looking forward to seeing you all out there, but the health and safety of our fans and crew has to take priority. We hope to see you all soon. Please stay safe.”
The 35-date tour was set to run from early July through early September and feature support on select dates from Gary Clark Jr., The Marcus King Band, Yola, and more. Information regarding refunds will be emailed to ticketholders directly.
Monday, May 11th, 11:00 a.m. ET
Barcelona, Spain’s annual Primavera Sound festival has been officially postponed to 2021. The 20th-anniversary event, originally set to take place in early June, was initially postponed to August 26th–30th, 2021.
While the initial late-March postponement of the event seemed to indicate that organizers were betting on a better outlook come late-summer, this second postponement reflects how much the pandemic picture has evolved in just over a month. At this point, most major festivals and tours are looking past 2020 and setting hopeful sights on 2021. We wouldn’t be surprised if other early-2020 festivals initially rescheduled to later this year start to follow suit. Read Primavera Sound’s official announcement here.
Monday, May 11th, 9:30 a.m. ET
The Peach Music Festival, originally scheduled to take place on July 4th weekend at Scranton, PA’s Montage Mountain, has been officially rescheduled to Independence Day Weekend 2021. The announcement from organizers notes that the festival’s headliners—Oysterhead, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, and The String Cheese Incident—will be on the 2021 lineup. The statement also notes that the 2021 event will feature “a very similar lineup to this year with some tasty additions, special sets & surprises mixed in.”
This postponement falls in line with the current threshold of cancellations, as The Peach was one of the last summer festivals to have not changed its date or canceled its event in the face of the ongoing pandemic.
The delay in rescheduling, however, likely had something to do with getting ducks in a row for a special 2021 announcement to help ease the sting of no Peach in 2020: Ticket-buyers who hold on to their 2020 passes for 2021 will be invited to a special additional day on music on Wednesday, June 30th, 2021, the day before the festival starts in earnest on July 1st.
The Disco Biscuits’ Camp Bisco, another Live Nation festival originally set to take place at Montage Mountain the weekend after The Peach, announced a similar 2020–2021 postponement plan on Monday. The 2021 edition of Camp Bisco, now scheduled for July 8th–10th, 2021, will also feature a special Wednesday pre-party on July 7th, 2021 for 2020 ticketholders who hold onto their passes for next year.
While festival cancellations and one-year deferments are nothing new in 2020, this added musical incentive for fans to hold on to their tickets is something we haven’t seen until now. It seems like an effective strategy to keep money in the festival accounts and help prepare for next year, and we wouldn’t be surprised if we see more festivals employ this approach as we move forward.
Friday, May 8th, 12:00 p.m. ET
The 2020 edition of Snowshoe, WV’s 4848 Festival, originally scheduled to take place from July 9th–11th, 2020 has been postponed until July 8th–10th, 2021. The 2020 edition of the festival was set to feature Greensky Bluegrass, Grace Potter, Billy Strings, and more. For information on refunds, head here.
This postponement falls in line with many of the festival announcements we’ve seen in the last week or two. Virtually all large-scale events in the month of July have already been postponed or canceled, but while many of the festivals that made the call on the earlier side chose to reschedule to later in 2020, we’re now seeing most look past this year altogether.
Thursday, May 7th, 10:00 a.m. ET
David Crosby has announced the postponement of his spring/summer run of shows with The Sky Trails Band, which was scheduled to begin on May 14th and continue until June 21st.
A statement shared to Crosby’s website on Wednesday afternoon reads, “It is with great regret that we have to postpone our upcoming tour due to the effects of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. The safety and wellbeing of the fans is our paramount concern and with his in mind, we had to take this decision. We are already in the process of rescheduling all these shows and we should have news re this very soon.”
Tickets purchased for the now-postponed spring performances will be honored at the rescheduled dates, which will be confirmed and announced in the coming weeks.
Wednesday, May 6th, 2:00 p.m. ET
Organizers at Suwannee Hulaween remain optimistic that the 2020 edition of the annual music event will indeed take place at the Spirit of Suwannee Park in Live Oak, FL this fall on October 29th-November 1st.
A statement shared by Hulaween organizers on Wednesday reads, “We are following the COVID-19 epidemic with you as it unfolds. We continually gather input from federal, state, and Suwannee county health authorities … There are too many unknown variables to place tickets on sale for Hulaween at this time. That said, we have reserved October 29-November1, 2020, at our home, The Spirit of The Suwannee Music Park. We will continue to keep you updated as information becomes available.”
Hulaween isn’t alone in their optimistic views of what lies ahead for the live music industry. Organizers for events including Coachella, Bonnaroo, and Summer Camp Music Festival are also hoping that the severity of the pandemic will lessen over summer as they’ve also pushed their own 2020 festivals back to the coming fall months. The 2020 edition of Suwannee Rising, also scheduled to take place at Spirit of the Suwannee Park back on April 16th–18th, was officially canceled back in March.
Wednesday, May 6th, 12:00 p.m. ET
The 2020 edition of Pitchfork Music Festival, originally set to take place in Chicago in mid-July, has been canceled. The festival’s 15th-anniversary event was set to feature performances by Run The Jewels, The National, Thundercat, and more.
According to the cancellation announcement, ticketholders will receive emails with refund options. The statement also notes that organizers will continue to plan the 2021 edition of Pitchfork Music Festival “if the public health situation allows it.”
At this point, the cancellation of a festival scheduled for this summer is unsurprising, but it’s worth noting that this is one of the first cases in which a festival expressed doubts about next year, as well. As 2020 goes on, it’s likely that events in 2021 will eventually be assessed with the same caution as events in 2020.
Tuesday, May 5th, 4:00 p.m. ET
As states begin to loosen lockdown restrictions, we’re seeing artists, promoters, and venues scramble to meet social distancing guidelines and still host live shows.
The Governor of Missouri recently gave the OK for live music events to move forward so long as they abide by social distancing regulations. In Arkansas, Fort Smith theater TempleLive has made significant updates to the venue to allow them to schedule a socially-distanced Travis McCready show on May 15th with drastically limited capacity and other restrictions in place. For more information, head here.
There’s also the growing “drive-in show” concept, modeled after drive-in movies in observance of social distancing. These drive-in shows have already gone on successfully in various European cities, and American acts (like Marc Rebillet) are already following suit.
Tuesday, May 5th, 12:15 p.m. ET
Resonance Music & Arts Festival made a post on social media today acknowledging Pennsylvania’s indefinite closure of statewide campgrounds. Accordingly, the festival’s new home at Cooper’s Lake in Slippery Rock, PA has postponed all of its events throughout summer 2020.
The event’s organizers stated that the exact timetable on these closures is still unknown, and that they are working with officials to find the best, and safest, solution possible. The festival is not canceled outright, but its status is becoming more questionable. Currently slated for September 17th—20th, it would be among the latest U.S. festivals to be canceled for 2020. Given that it ends just two days before the fall equinox, many festivalgoers looked to it as the safety net after a canceled summer. It appears that this may not be the case and, if Resonance is ultimately canceled, would mark a major movement of the metaphorical line in the sand for mass gatherings.
Tuesday, May 5th, 9:30 a.m. ET
The 2020 edition of Canadian Music Week in Toronto, Ontario has been canceled. Canada’s largest music conference and festival was initially scheduled to take place from May 20th–22nd. When the pandemic hit in March, the event was rescheduled for September 9th–11th. Now, organizers are abandoning the rescheduled date and looking toward next year instead.
This is likely something we’ll see a lot of in the coming weeks. At the beginning of this crisis, events in March/April/May looked toward later in the year, rescheduling events for the fall in hopes that the situation would have played out by then. Now, more and more, we’re seeing artists and promoters abandon plans for 2020 entirely as we’re seemingly no closer to the light at the end of the tunnel now than we were when this all started. What a difference a few weeks can make…
Monday, May 4th, 4:15 p.m. ET
Marc Rebillet has announced the Drive-In Concert Tour, which is scheduled to take place this summer, throughout June and July.
Presented by HOTBOX, the tour will kick off in Charlotte, NC on June 11th before heading to Kansas City, KS (6/18); Tulsa, OK (6/20); Fort Worth, TX (6/25, 6/26); and Houston, TX (7/2, 7/3), with additional dates to be announced. Rebillet ensured that he and his team worked hard to plan the tour with the safety and well-being of concert-goers in mind. All patrons will be expected to follow strict social distancing guidelines.
As concerts continue to be on hold, several countries have looked to drive-in movie theaters as an alternate live event model. Just last week, musicians in Denmark and Lithuania performed at drive-in theaters with great success. The idea has sparked optimism in live events promoters and musicians alike. Live Nation President/CEO Michael Rapino has even tweeted about the idea several times, and this Rebillet announcement seems like it could be the first of many to come in 2020.
Monday, May 4th, 4:00 p.m. ET
Dave Matthews Band has announced the rescheduling of its summer tour. The three-month run of shows in arenas and amphitheaters across the United States and Canada will now take place in 2021.
The band assured fans that every date will be rescheduled for the same time period next year, along with some new ones. The band added 10 new stops to the tour in Ontario, New Jersey, Florida, Texas, Missouri, Kansas, and Colorado in an effort to help make it up to fans. Now, Dave Matthews Band’s summer tour will stretch from June to October 2021.
Additionally, Journey has also been forced to cancel its summer tour alongside The Pretenders. The statement from the band’s management comes as more and more large, outdoor summer tours are forced to cancel. The band made no reference to rescheduled dates, and is immediately directing fans to contact Live Nation for refunds.
Monday, May 4th, 10:00 a.m. ET
After initially moving their Hotel California Tour to the fall of 2020, the Eagles have rescheduled the string of dates for September and October 2021 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The tour will see Don Henley, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit, Deacon Frey, and Vince Gill kick things off at Denver, CO’s Pepsi Center on September 16th, 2021, playing the entire Hotel California album in full, among other hits. After another show at the Pepsi Center (9/18), and a single show in Dallas, TX (9/21), the Eagles will head to Phoenix, AZ (9/24, 9/25); St. Paul, MN (10/1, 10/2); Los Angeles, CA (10/15, 10/16, 10/19); and San Fransisco, CA (10/22, 10/23).
“Fans with tickets to the previously announced 2020 dates are encouraged to hold on to their tickets as they will be honored for the new dates,” said a post to the band’s Facebook. “If you are unable to attend the new date, you will be able to request a refund” at the Eagles’ website.
This announcement marks the first large-scale tour to reschedule previously postponed dates until 2021. While the possibility of live events occurring in 2020 remains, it seems as though all larger concerts will start to move to 2021.
Sunday, May 3rd, 1:20 p.m. ET
Primus has announced the postponement of their planned A Tribute to Kings Tour, which would have seen the veteran rock band pay tribute to RUSH with a run of shows throughout the summer beginning on May 26th in Irving, TX.
A statement shared to the band’s Facebook page on Friday reads,
The upcoming “Primus: A Tribute To Kings” tour is being rescheduled. Primus has been looking forward to celebrating this legendary Rush album, but want to ensure everyone’s health and safety is not at risk. New dates are being worked on at this time and information will become available the moment it’s able to be shared. Hang onto your tickets as they will be valid for the new dates. A majority of the shows will offer refunds when the new dates are announced or after 60 days if it takes extra time to find new dates. Please reach out to your original point of purchase with questions regarding refund policies and any other ticket inquiries. Thank you for your understanding and support during this unprecedented time.
The lengthy summer tour would have seen the band perform the music featured on A Farewell to Kings–the first Rush album bassist/singer Les Claypool ever heard–in addition to original material out of the Primus songbook. The tour’s name and overall mission also make for a fitting tribute to late Rush drummer Neil Peart, who died unexpectedly earlier this year.
The tour’s postponement should come as no surprise, as earlier this year Claypool’s other band, Oysterhead, canceled their planned 2020 performances in Chicago, IL and Stanford, CA.
Saturday, May 2nd, 12:45 p.m. ET
Rage Against The Machine has rescheduled its reunion tour with rap supergroup Run The Jewels. The tour, which was originally scheduled to take place throughout the spring and summer of 2020, has now been moved to 2021.
The band explained in a post to the band’s Facebook,
Rage Against The Machine will commence our tour at such a time when we are confident it will be safe for our fans. The rerouted dates (health and safety permitting) are at RATM.com and your tickets will be honored for the postponed shows. During this difficult time we also respect the fans who want their ticket money back. We’ve requested and confirmed that, as of this weekend, anyone who wants a refund can begin the process at your point of purchase. We sincerely hope that each one of you and your families and friends stay safe and well and that music is bringing you solace and inspiration. We look forward to seeing you.
RATM’s 2021 tour dates will now kick off on June 3rd at Don Haskins Center in El Paso, TX before the band makes its way through New Mexico, Arizona California, Oregon, and Washington. After a few dates north of the border, Rage will then head across the Midwest before going back to Canada, and then the East Coast. The band will then play five shows in six nights at Madison Square Garden in New York City (8/6-8/12) before closing the tour with shows in Washington D.C., North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.
The band’s festival appearances remain in question, however. While Rage has announced they will remain on the Coachella lineup, whether or not that festival takes place as scheduled in October remains to be seen. Ottawa Bluesfest has confirmed that RATM will appear on the 2021 lineup, though no word has come down from Boston Calling or Firefly Music Festival.
Friday, May 1st, 4:00 p.m. ET
A growing number of large-scale tours are throwing in the towel on 2020 and looking toward next year. On Friday, Phish announced that their full 2020 summer tour has been rescheduled to take place in the summer of 2021. For a full list of updated dates, check here.
Friday, May 1st, 12:00 p.m. ET
Organizers for Jam Cruise have announced that their planned voyage in early 2021, the 19th edition of the event, has been postponed until 2022. The lineup for the 2021 edition of the festival at sea had yet to be announced, but as usual, many patrons had already pre-booked their trips for next year. Jam Cruise is offering pre-bookers the option to apply for a refund or roll their booking over to 2022. For more information, head here.
This is a relatively significant development to the ever-moving concert cancellation threshold. While an event on a cruise ship is undoubtedly extra risky right now and the cancellation is likely prudent given the circumstances, this also marks one of the first instances of coronavirus concert cancellations pushing into 2021.
Other Cloud 9 events like Widespread Panic‘s Panic En La Playa and Greensky Bluegrass & Yonder Mountain String Band‘s Strings & Sol have also been preemptively canceled for 2021.
Thursday, April 30th, 4:00 p.m. ET
Bob Weir and Wolf Bros have canceled all tour dates for the remainder of 2020. In a statement posted to Weir’s social media pages, the band cited “The health, well-being and safety of everyone in our live music community” as their top priority and the impetus behind the cancellation.” Weir, Don Was, and Jay Lane went on to thank fans for their continued support and understanding, assuring everyone that they cannot wait to get back out on the road.
The statement also clarified refund options, saying: “Fans who purchased tickets for our upcoming shows directly from the official box office will automatically receive a full refund within 30 days. For further ticket information, contact your point of purchase.”
The move by Bob Weir and Wolf Bros signals an industry trend towards canceling all events in 2020. While some have remained hopeful for a return in 2020, with some even rescheduling performances to this summer, each passing day pushes that line further away.
Wednesday, April 29th, 4:00 p.m. ET
Widespread Panic has canceled their long-running annual Red Rocks run for 2020. As the band notes in their cancellation announcement, “We feel that June is too soon for such a large gathering and no other dates are available at the venue this year. We look forward to continuing the Red Rocks tradition with you, safely, next year.” This is fully in line with the rest of the industry, as most (if not all) events in June have already. been canceled.
The “no dates available until next year” part is telling, as well. Over the last week, a slew of artists have canceled upcoming shows at Red Rocks or pushed them to new dates in 2021. This seems to indicate that Red Rocks may not open for its usual spring/summer concert season at all this year.
Wednesday, April 29th, 4:00 p.m. ET
Organizers have canceled the 2020 editions of both Newport Folk Festival (July 30th–August 2nd) and Newport Jazz Festival (August 7th–9th). As the cancellation announcement notes, “Together with our local leaders and Governor Gina Raimondo, we have concluded that at this time we risk too much in having a gathering of our size.” You can read the full statement from organizers here.
Wednesday, April 29th, 2:00 p.m. ET
Various large-scale festivals have announced updated refund policies for scheduled 2020 events. Bonnaroo, which was postponed from early-June to late-September last month, will now offer refunds for a 30-day period beginning on Friday, May 1st. “
Thank you Bonnaroovians for your patience as we continue to navigate through these unprecedented times together,” organizers mentioned in a statement. “If you are unable to attend the rescheduled dates, we are now offering the opportunity to request a full refund. Refunds may be requested beginning May 1, 2020 starting at 9 am ET … Requests must be received by May 31, 2020 at 11:59 pm ET.” This is in line with the refund system recently laid out by Bonnaroo’s promoter, Live Nation, for all of their various postponed events.
Another Live Nation-produced event, The Peach Music Festival, also gave a brief update to its 2020 ticketholders. The Peach, one of the last remaining early-July events that has not been canceled or postponed, noted in the message that “within the next two weeks, [fans] will receive a comprehensive update on the status of the festival.” While still officially scheduled to take place from July 2nd–5th, The Peach informed fans today that they are indefinitely suspending the scheduled April 30th payment for their ticket layaway program. This seems to indicate that the event will not go forward as planned over Independence Day Weekend, but we won’t know for sure until there’s an official announcement.
Tuesday, April 28th, 4:30 p.m. ET
Levitate Music Festival, originally scheduled to take place on July 10th, 11th, and 12th of this year in Marshfield, MA, has been postponed until July 9th–11th, 2021. In its postponement announcement, the festival confirmed that all of its headliners have committed to the new 2021 dates, as have “the majority of the supporting artists.”
Tickets purchased for this year’s event will be honored in 2021. Ticketholders can also request a refund by reaching out to the festival directly via email.
The 2020 lineup was set to include Jack Johnson, Phil Lesh & Friends, Tash Sultana, Stick Figure, Umphrey’s McGee, and more.
The postponement of Levitate is in line with most of the other large-scale events originally set to take place in early- to mid-July, as the mid-summer month is looking quieter and quieter each day.
Friday, April 24th, 4:30 p.m. ET
The String Cheese Incident has canceled the first leg of the band’s 2020 Summer Tour. The cancellation impacts SCI’s mid-June dates at Sandy Amphitheater in Sandy, UT (6/17, 6/18), and KettleHouse Amphitheater in Bonner, MT (6/19, 6/20), as well as the early July dates at Cape Cod Melody Tent in Hyannis, MA (7/2, 7/3), and Thompson’s Point in Portland, ME (7/4).
SCI’s bassist Keith Moseley made the announcement on the band’s Facebook on Friday, sitting on the front porch of his home. He thanked the fans for their support and wished them good health before delivering the unfortunate news.
Thursday, April 23rd, 5:00 p.m. ET
High Sierra Music Festival announced that it will forego its 30th-anniversary 2020 event, originally set to take place on July 4th weekend, and set its sights on 2021 instead. The festival has announced a refund request period taking place now through May 3rd. For details on refunds, head here.
Within its announcement, however, High Sierra issued some good news: The festival’s updated initial lineup for 2021 will feature scheduled 2020 headliners like Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Ziggy Marley, The Disco Biscuits, Lettuce, and more in addition to newly added acts like Dr. Dog, Marco Benevento, and more.
Thursday, April 23rd, 2:00 p.m. ET
Umphrey’s McGee has canceled their annual three-night run at Morrison, CO’s Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre, originally scheduled to take place on June 19th–21st with support from Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Cory Wong, Goose, and more. As the band noted in their cancellation announcement, “Due to the realities of the coronavirus, there is no other safe or viable option.” Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase. This should not come as a surprise, as most large-scale events have already been canceled through the end of June.
Thursday, April 23rd, 9:30 a.m. ET
Elton John has postponed the remainder of his North American Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour, citing concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. The announcement comes after John previously postponed his tour from March 26th through May 2nd. This latest batch of postponements will see all shows scheduled through July 8th moved to 2021.
“This tough decision has been made with the continued safety and well-being of his fans at a time when health services are under increased pressure and with the concern that these gatherings continue to risk accelerating the spread of the Coronavirus [COVID-19],” team members for the singer wrote on Twitter. “Ticketholders of all 2020 postponed performances should hold onto their original tickets as new show date information for 2021 will be announced soon. All original tickets will be honored at the rescheduled performances,” the statement continued.
Though this is unwelcomed news for fans of John, it comes as no surprise. Virtually all early summer events across the globe have seen cancellation/postponement over the past few weeks. Even late-summer event cancellations have begun to roll in, seemingly legitimizing a report by The New York Times that we may not see any large gatherings until 2021.
Thursday, April 23rd, 9:30 a.m. ET
Insane Clown Posse has announced that the band’s annual festival, Gathering of the Juggalos, has been postponed until 2021. In a Facebook post, ICP announced that the festival, which was set to take place on August 5th-8th at Nelson Ledges Quarry Park in Garrettsville, OH, was canceled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. This would have marked the first Gathering of the Juggalos at the Ohio venue in 15 years.
“For 20 consecutive years, the Gathering of the Juggalos has been the biggest family reunion on the planet, generating untold levels of freshness for thousands and thousands of attending Juggalos from all walks of life, all around the world,” said the band in a statement. “With tens of thousands of deaths due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we can’t possibly in good conscience even consider trying to put on a Gathering during these difficult times. Aside from the serious health concerns, there are numerous other factors that have destroyed any possibility of the Gathering taking place this year.”
The Gathering marks yet another American-based, August event to cancel its 2020 plans, following the Dead & Company tour cancellation from earlier this week. While spring shows and festivals have rescheduled to later in the summer months, it seems like the line of event viability may be moving further away towards the fall months.
Wednesday, April 22nd, 9:00 a.m. ET
As coronavirus lockdowns continue worldwide, Munich, Germany’s Oktoberfest, which takes place annually at the end of September and beginning of October, has been canceled for 2020. The cancellation will be a huge blow to the local economy, as the massive beer and Bavarian culture event annually brings thousands of travelers to the German city and generates more than one billion euros for local businesses each year. The cancellation of Oktoberfest—still many months away—shows that the German government is approaching the ongoing crisis seriously.
Back home in the U.S., however, certain things are starting to open back up. In Georgia, gyms, hair and nail salons, bowling alleys, and other such businesses will be allowed to reopen on Friday (4/24). In Florida, various beaches have reopened to the public, and in South Carolina, various businesses previously deemed “non-essential” are being allowed to restart their operations.
These moves, however, are less encouraging than they may seem on the surface with regard to the overall status of the lockdowns. You can largely chalk these moves up to politics, as various states begin to cave to the pressures of constituencies protesting against the economic shutdown. It will be interesting to see how the spread of the virus will be affected by these reopenings, as each of the aforementioned states is still seeing consistently rising infection and death numbers—even before reopening. If moves like this cause the numbers to spike in those areas, it could mean that the entire timetable continues to get pushed back.
Tuesday, April 21st, 4:00 p.m. ET
Electric Forest announced earlier this afternoon that the festival, scheduled for June 25–28th in Rothbury, MI, has been canceled due to health concerns. Instead, the 10th anniversary of the large electronic-leaning festival will take place in June 2021. While this doesn’t come as the largest surprise, Electric Forest’s cancellation decidedly pushes the line in the sand further back in the summer. Given that the festival was scheduled for the last weekend of June, it appears that no large-scale festivals will take place until July at the absolute earliest.
In another crushing blow, Dead & Company announced that their summer tour is canceled. The tour was set to begin on July 10th with a two-night run at Folsom Field in Boulder, CO and end on August 8th at Fenway Park in Boston, MA. It was announced last week, however, that University of Colorado Boulder had canceled all events at Folsom Field through July. While this revelation didn’t necessarily sink the rest of the tour, it put the prospects of any Dead & Company this summer in serious jeopardy.
Now, with Dead & Company tour canceled, it is likely only a matter of time before other large-scale outdoor summer tour cancellations begin to roll in as well.
Monday, April 20, 12:00 p.m. ET
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Monday that the city has canceled all non-essential events in June. He had previously issued a similar cancellation order for the month of May, noting that the status of June was still under review at that time. This includes a number of large-scale parades in the city like the Pride March, the Puerto Rican Day Parade, and the Salute to Israel Parade.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise at this point. New York City has by far the most coronavirus cases of anywhere in the country, and most (if not all) of the large-scale events in the city, like Governors Ball, have already announced their cancellations. What it does show, at least for New York, is that this mess won’t be sorted out any time soon.
Mayor DeBlasio Cancels NYC Events Through June
Friday, April 17, 3:00 p.m. ET
According to a number of health experts reached for comment in a new report from Rolling Stone, concerts in late 2020 are looking less and less like a sure thing.
Explains George Rutherford, an epidemiologist at the University of California, San Francisco, “I realize tons of people make their living doing this stuff, but I see [concerts] as pretty far down the list [in terms of opening events back up]; we’ve got to get the schools going first. Just because we get through this shelter-in-place doesn’t mean everything’s magically back to normal.”
According to Geoff Gottlieb, interim chair at the University of Washington’s Advisory Committee on Communicable Diseases, the event shutdown will likely extend through the Fall. Explains Gottlieb, “Ultimately, public-health jurisdictions will decide when and under what conditions live music will be allowed. I don’t think it’s reasonable at this point to assume that this will be by September, especially for shows that don’t have well-validated mitigation and social-distancing plans in place for their audiences and performers. Mass gatherings, such as large music festivals, will have the potential to seed new waves of infection from the virus and may not be possible until there is an effective vaccine, herd immunity, effective treatments, or other proven public-health measures in place.”
Friday, April 17, 1:00 p.m. ET
New Orleans’ VooDoo Music + Arts Experience has canceled its 2020 event, originally scheduled to take place from October 30th–November 1st. The festival had not yet announced its artist lineup for 2020. The 2019 edition of the festival included performances by Guns N’ Roses, Post Malone, Beck, Bassnectar, Brandi Carlile, The National, ZHU, Interpol, Young The Giant, Big Gigantic.
This move could be an effort on VooDoo’s part to follow with other major New Orleans festivals like Essence and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in canceling after Mayor Latoya Cantrell‘s recommendation on Tuesday that no large events take place in the Louisiana city until next year. It could also, however, represent a more significant development in the overall cancellation threshold. In addition to being one of the furthest-off festivals to announce its cancellation for 2020, it’s also one of the first to cancel before having announced a lineup. From this, we can gather that large events in the Fall are looking less viable than they were a few weeks back when several major festivals pushed their dates to September and October.
The new cancellations also extend beyond the Big Easy. Switzerland’s Montreux Jazz Festival, originally set to take place from July 3rd–18th, also announced that it will take 2020 off. This year will be the first year without a Montreux Jazz Festival in more than 50 years.
It’s not just festivals starting to look toward 2021 either—Taylor Swift just announced that she is canceling all of her remaining 2020 shows and rescheduling them for next year. Details on refunds and rescheduled dates are available here.
Thursday, April 16, 3 p.m. ET
University of Colorado Boulder has reportedly canceled all events at Folsom Field until July 31st, which would include Dead & Company‘s summer tour opener July 10th–11th. While no official announcement has yet come from the band, it was reported in the Boulder Daily Camera that all sporting events, concerts, commencements, and other mass gatherings at Folsom Field are canceled until August. A spokesperson for the University, however, has said that they are working with the band to provide rescheduled dates. This would mark the first cancellation on Dead & Company’s summer tour, and could spell the beginning of other large scale summer tour postponements.
Thursday, April 16, 1:30 p.m. ET
Organizers for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival have announced the cancellation of 2020’s event due to the ongoing pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus. The announcement followed an initial statement that had postponed the festival until the fall.
A statement to the festival’s Facebook page read,
With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to evolve unpredictably—and out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our community, including musicians, fans, participants, and staff—Jazz Fest 2020 will not occur this fall, as previously announced.
This conclusion is made after much careful deliberation. It takes something truly momentous to interrupt a 50-year New Orleans tradition as special as the Festival, but we feel strongly that the most prudent course right now is to allow more time for the situation to stabilize. We thank everyone for their patience as we have considered all of the matters necessary to making this difficult decision.
That said, work has already begun on the presentation of next year’s Jazz Fest during its traditional springtime period. So save the dates: The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell will take place April 22 – May 2, 2021. We hope to see you there.
Until then, be safe!
The statement went on to explain that ticketholders would have the option of transferring their 2020 tickets to next years event or receiving a full refund—details for which would be provided in an email over the following days. For more information regarding the New Orleans Jazz Festival, visit its website, here.
The announcement comes just days after the New Orleans mayor recommended no large events in the city until 2021. While many large-scale events around the country have already set their sights on the Fall, this latest development could indicate that September/October may no longer be looking as viable as they did a few weeks ago.
Thursday, April 16, 11:45 a.m. ET
California Governor Gavin Newsome said in a press conference this week that large scale gatherings, such as concerts and sporting events, would likely not return to the state until a vaccine has been developed. Newsome stated, “The prospect of mass gatherings is negligible at best until we get to herd immunity and we get to a vaccine.” This echoes sentiments from bioethicist Zeke Emanuel published in The New York Times Magazine where he predicted that, realistically, large scale gatherings would not return to 2021.
The mayors of New York and Los Angeles also voiced similar opinions in recent press conferences, stating that social distancing mandates cannot be relaxed until a vaccine is developed or herd immunity kicks in. Scientists have noted, however, that a vaccine is likely between 12–18 months away. Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has also publicly floated the idea of unilaterally canceling all mass gatherings in the state through 2020. This would include Lollapalooza, currently slated to take place July 30th–August 2nd in Chicago, which has so far made no announcements regarding cancellation or postponement. Governor Newsome’s comments are also highly problematic to Coachella organizers who postponed the event from April to October in hopes of waiting out COVID-19.
Thursday, April 16, 10:15 a.m. ET
The 2020 edition of Louisville, KY’s Forecastle Festival has been canceled. The event was set to take place from July 17th–19th with a lineup featuring Jack Johnson, Cage The Elephant, The 1975, Tash Sultana, Umphrey’s McGee, Goose, Grace Potter, Jon Bellion, Lil Tecca, Thundercat, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Allen Stone, and many more. Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase.
This mid-July cancellation keeps pace with many of the summer festivals that have already canceled due to the ongoing health crisis.
Thursday, April 16, 10:00 a.m. ET
Widespread Panic on Wednesday postponed their run at Austin, TX’s ACL Live at The Moody Theater, originally scheduled for June 4th–6th, to July 23rd–25th. Tickets for the original dates will be honored at the rescheduled dates. While many larger events in the timeframe of the rescheduled dates have already canceled, theater shows like this may be more likely than larger festivals by the end of July. Rescheduling shows to late-July feels somewhat optimistic given the current climate, but Widespread Panic seems to think there’s a chance.
Down in New Orleans, however, promoters have a less optimistic outlook on the rest of 2020. On Tuesday, Mayor Cantrell recommended “no large events [in the city] such as French Quarter Fest and Jazz Fest, even Essence Festival, as it relates to the year 2020… the focus should shift to 2021.” Essence Festival, originally set to take place on the first weekend of July, announced in late March that it was moving “closer to the fall. In the wake of the mayor’s announcement, Essence Festival announced its official cancellation on Wednesday. If the cancellation of Essence is any indication, we can likely expect Jazz Fest and French Quarter Fest cancellations in the near future.
Wednesday, April 15, 1:15 p.m. ET
After announcing a postponement at the end of March, Hangout Music Festival has released a statement saying that the festival will be pushed to May 21st-23rd 2021 in Gulf Shores, AL.
In a statement posted to the festival’s Facebook, event organizers noted, “After much thought and many spirited discussions, due to the ongoing uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to postpone Hangout until next year.” The statement continued, “Since y’all loved the 2020 lineup so much, we will work really hard to bring as much of it back next year as possible (with some new goodies added of course)… We want to thank you for your hopeful patience over the past few weeks as we verified all options for a possible fall reschedule. But ultimately, we feel like the true essence of Hangout belongs in May as the most epic, carefree, ‘lets kick-off the summer right’ beach party.”
Hangout originally touted a lineup including the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Billie Eilish, Post Malone, Marshmello, and Lana Del Rey. The festival will offer refunds to those who cannot commit to next year’s dates. Details will be sent to ticket holders via email over the coming days.
Wednesday, April 15, 12:30 p.m. ET
While the status of live events during 2020 is still very much in question, Radiohead‘s Thom Yorke has taken a proactive approach, moving several postponed dates from the spring-leg of his Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes Tour to the fall.
While Yorke’s solo tour was scheduled around his Coachella appearance this spring, the festival has since moved to October 9th-11th and 16th-18th. Yorke’s updated tour schedule suggests that he will remain on the lineup if, in fact, the festival takes place as scheduled. His new tour dates include performances at The Anthem in Washington, D.C. (9/27); Radio City Music Hall in New York, NY (10/2); Hammerstein Ballroom in New York, NY (10/3-10/4); Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, IL (10/6); Arizona Federal Theatre in Phoenix, AZ (10/11); Sacramento Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento, CA (10/13); and Mission Ballroom in Denver, CO (10/19).
For tickets and Yorke’s latest tour information, head here.
Wednesday, April 15, 9:30 a.m. ET
As the COVID-19 quarantines push deeper into April, we’re starting to see a split in opinions regarding the viability of large events in late 2020. On the one hand, we have the bleaker outlooks: in addition to the bioethicist who predicted no large concerts until Fall 2021 in a recent New York Times Magazine roundtable, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell recommended on Tuesday that no large events take place in the Louisiana city until next year. That recommendation throws a glaring wrench into New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival‘s previously announced plans to postpone from April/May to October.
On the other hand, the Tour de France, the prestigious French cycling competition originally scheduled for June 27th–July 19th, has also been postponed—but only until this August. The sports world and the music world are in the same boat these days, as both athletes and musicians remain in isolation with their futures uncertain, and it is likely that the eventual returns of both the sports and live music industries will follow similar trajectories. In this light, the rescheduling of the Tour de France to August is somewhat reassuring.
The overall outlook of the sports world, however, has been less optimistic than the outlook of the Tour de France. In March, the International Olympic Committee postponed the Tokyo Summer Olympic Games, originally set to take place from July 24th–August 9th, to an undetermined date in 2021, and American pro sports leagues like the NBA, NHL, and MLB remain on indefinite hiatus.
Monday, April 13, 12:00 p.m. ET
Even as concert cancellations push further and further into summer, Newport Folk Festival has continued to announce additions to its lineup. The festival, set to take place July 31st–August 2nd at Fort Adams State Park in Rhode Island, announced headliner Andrew Bird on Monday. This comes after several weeks of individual lineup announcements, including Sharon Van Etten, Delta Spirit, The Ballroom Thieves, Watkins Family Hour, and Barrie. In a post to the event’s Facebook page on March 31st, organizers said that they would continue to announce artists despite the uncertain future that lies ahead.
“As eternal optimists,” the post said. “We believe the most helpful thing we can do as a community right now is celebrate and raise awareness for the musicians we’d love to see at the Fort this summer.”
While there haven’t been any high-profile cancellations in late July or early August, the line in the sand continues to move further back each day. Additionally, a roundtable discussion in The New York Times Magazine published this week quotes bioethicist Zeke Emanuel as saying that fans shouldn’t expect mass gatherings, such as concerts, to return until fall 2021 at the earliest. Stay tuned to Newport Folk Festival’s Facebook page for more official announcements.
Monday, April 13, 11:00 a.m. ET
While many summer events have been rescheduling until the Fall, at least one expert continues to believe that those hopes are unrealistic. In a roundtable discussion in The New York Times Magazine regarding when and how the economy will restart following the health crisis, bioethicist Zeke Emanuel expressed significant hesitation toward the viability of large-scale events in late 2020.
“Larger gatherings — conferences, concerts, sporting events — when people say they’re going to reschedule this conference or graduation event for October 2020, I have no idea how they think that’s a plausible possibility,” he notes. “I think those things will be the last to return. Realistically we’re talking fall 2021 at the earliest.”
Here’s hoping he’s wrong.
Saturday, April 10, 2020, 10:00 a.m. ET
Burning Man will not take place in 2020 due to the continuing spread of the novel coronavirus. As organizers noted in a lengthy letter to the Burning Man community,
After much listening, discussion, and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision not to build Black Rock City in 2020. Given the painful reality of COVID-19, one of the greatest global challenges of our lifetimes, we believe this is the right thing to do. Yes, we are heartbroken. We know you are too. In 2020 we need human connection and Immediacy more than ever. But public health and the well-being of our participants, staff, and neighbors in Nevada are our highest priorities.
The large-scale, week-long event, which typically brings tens of thousands of people to the Nevada desert, was set to take place from August 30th–September 7th. Those dates make it one of the “latest” events in 2020 to cancel due to coronavirus. However, this cancellation isn’t necessarily indicative of the entire threshold moving into late-August and early-September. Due to Burning Man’s size and the global audience it attracts, it is inherently a more high-risk event with regard to its potential to spread the virus. Come September, smaller shows and gatherings may face a more favorable situation. Time will tell.
Friday, April 10, 2020, 10:00 a.m. ET
AEG Presents has announced a bevy of concert cancellations and postponements in Colorado through the months of May, June, and July. This announcement affects venues like the 1st Bank Center, Mission Ballroom, The Ogden Theatre, and Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
While venues will reschedule many shows, some have already seen an outright cancellation, such as Lotus‘ show at Red Rocks with Marc Rebillet, Breakbot, and Eminence Ensemble on April 25th and The Motet‘s co-headlining show with Turkuaz, Jerry Harrison, Adrian Belew, and Rubblebucket on May 22nd. As of now, The Revivalists‘ performance with Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Neal Francis on June 12th at Red Rocks, as well as Umphrey’s McGee‘s three-night run with Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Cory Wong, Goose, Godboner, and more, have not been canceled, leaving hope for rescheduled dates.
Thursday, April 9, 2020, 12:30 p.m. ET
The 2020 edition of LOCKN’ Festival, originally scheduled to take place on June 19th–21st in Arrington, VA, has been postponed until the Fall. It will now take place on October 2nd–4th, joining an increasingly crowded month of rescheduled festivals. The festival’s postponement announcement noted that more information regarding the postponed artist lineup and ticket refunds will be released as it is confirmed.
The LOCKN’ announcement shows the festival cancellation threshold continuing to move into June and reaffirms the month of October as the point to which festival promoters are comfortable with moving.
Dark Star Orchestra also announced that their annual Dark Star Jubilee, originally scheduled to take place in Thornville, OH on May 22nd–24th, has been pushed to next May. The postponement announcement notes that while the 2020 event is not moving forward, most of the bands on the 2020 lineup have already committed to the rescheduled event next year, set to take place on May 28th–30th, 2021.
The band, however, has not given up hope regarding smaller-scale shows this summer. In the same announcement, Dark Star Orchestra confirmed rescheduled dates for their 2020 Spring tour, which is now scheduled to take place in mid-July. Here’s hoping that seemingly ambitious bet works out for them.
Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 12:30 p.m. ET
Organizers at Bunbury Music Festival announced today that this year’s gathering has been canceled. The festival was set to take place June 5th–7th and host a lineup featuring Twenty One Pilots, Marshmello, The Avett Brothers, Billy Strings, and many more.
The cancellation comes after Ohio Governor Mike DeWine extended the state’s shelter-in-place order until May 1st. Bunbury, which takes place in Cincinnati on the shores of the Ohio River, had planned to wait out the initial stay-at-home order, which was due to expire on April 6th. Now, as the line in the sand moves ever-further into the summer, organizers at Bunbury have decided the best course of action is to cancel this year’s event, and to begin planning for next year.
Bunbury joins a growing number of other June festivals that have canceled or postponed, including Bonnaroo, Hog Farm Hangout, Governors Ball, and Denmark’s Roskilde Festival, which was canceled yesterday. As states like Ohio continue to push shelter-in-place orders into May, it is likely that there will be more June cancellations to come.
Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 11:30 a.m. ET
The 2020 edition of New Orleans’ BUKU Music + Art Project has officially been canceled. The festival was originally set to take place on March 20th and 21st with a lineup featuring Tyler, The Creator, Run The Jewels, Flume, Illenium, Zeds Dead, and more.
On March 12th, festival organizers had announced that BUKU had been postponed, and would now take place over Labor Day weekend in early September. Now, it seems that BUKU organizers were a little too optimistic about the viability of their event this Fall.
In the cancellation announcement posted on Tuesday, April 7th, BUKU organizers addressed their overly-optimistic rescheduling of this year’s event, noting, “The world was a different place 3 weeks ago when we were forced to cancel BUKU and made the quick call to reschedule it for Labor Day weekend. Maybe we were naive, but the COVID crisis seemed manageable at that point. … It was achievable. But then, as the pandemic began to ravage NewOrleans, and now as we watch cases surpass a million worldwide, it just doesn’t feel right to plan a music festival for later this year and put everyone involved through more uncertainty.”
While likely a prudent move on BUKU’s part, this is a less-than-encouraging development for the cancellation threshold. Many large-scale festivals have already rescheduled to September and October. Now that BUKU has gone from “postponed” to “canceled,” we wouldn’t be surprised to see more events abandon their late-2020 rescheduled dates and turn their sights toward 2021 instead.
Monday, April 6, 2020, 5:30 p.m. ET
The 50th-anniversary edition of Roskilde Festival, scheduled to take place at Animal Showgrounds in Roskilde, Denmark on June 27th-July 4th, has been canceled, event organizers announced on Monday. Headliners Taylor Swift, Deftones, Kendrick Lamar, Faith No More, Kacey Musgraves, Tyler, The Creator, FKA Twigs, Thom Yorke, The Strokes, HAIM, and Thomas Helmig were set to perform at the 7-day event, along with hundreds of other musicians.
In a Facebook announcement, Roskilde organizers cited the Danish government’s decision to extend its prohibition on larger gatherings until August 31st, 2020 as the reason for the cancelation.
“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,” they said. The announcement continued, “Roskilde Festival no. 50 was meant to be something very special. It was to mark and celebrate the roots of our festival by looking forward to the future.”
All tickets purchased for the 2020 event will be valid for the 2021 event, however, refund options are available as well. The festival organizers promise to reach out about these options in the near future.
Monday, April 6, 2020, 1:15 p.m. ET
Organizers for Rocklahoma took to social media to announce that this year’s festival has been canceled. The original gathering was set for Memorial Day weekend, May 22nd–24th, and adds to the growing list of May events that have been canceled. Rocklahoma plans to return in 2021, rather than attempting to reschedule for later in the fall.
Rocklahoma follows Summer Camp Music Festival, which was also scheduled for Memorial Day weekend, in announcing a cancelation/postponement. Summer Camp, however, will still take place in 2020 but has instead moved to the weekend of August 21st–23rd. The announcements from Rocklahoma and Summer Camp signify the likelihood that most events in May will be canceled or postponed.
Monday, April 6, 2020, 10:30 a.m. ET
Electric Daisy Carnival, originally scheduled to take place from May 15th–17th in Las Vegas, has been postponed. The event will now take place on October 2nd–4th. This follows the ongoing trend of events set to take place in May and June moving to the Fall months.
Postponements aren’t the only things getting announced in the Fall, either. Last week, Telluride Blues & Brews Festival announced the lineup for its 2020 event, which is set to take place in Telluride, CO from September 18th–20th.
From these new announcements/rescheduled dates, we continue to see a trend of concert organizers looking past the summer and placing their bets on a revival of live events come Fall.
Saturday, April 4, 2020, 3:30 p.m. ET
The Disco Biscuits have detailed several rescheduled shows from the band’s recently postponed 2020 spring tour, offering a light at the end of our proverbial quarantine tunnel. Dates for Missouri, Colorado, Minnesota, Tennessee, and Maryland have now been moved to the end of the summer and fall.
The newly rescheduled dates will see shows in St. Louis, MO (7/29) and Kansas City, MO (7/30) before a two night stand at Denver, CO’s Mission Ballroom (7/31, 8/1). Two nights at Minneapolis, MN’s Fillmore Minneapolis (8/26, 8/27) will then set up a stint at The Caverns in Pelham, TN (9/3-9/6), where the quartet added an extra, fourth show. The last two rescheduled dates will see the Biscuits hit the Filmore Silver Spring in Silver Spring, MD (10/2, 10/3).
Furthermore, the band made sure to mention that more information regarding shows in Raleigh, NC; Philadelphia, PA; Port Chester, NY; New Orleans, LA; Charlotte, NC; and Birmingham, AL would be available soon.
Friday, April 3, 2020, 1:00 p.m. ET
Organizers for Skull & Roses Festival have announced the official reschedule dates for its 2020 festival. The festival is now rescheduled for April 8th-11th, 2021.
The festival was originally slated to occur on April 2nd–5th at Ventura, CA’s Ventura County Fairgrounds, but was one of the many live music events affected by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Instead of trying to hash out new dates in the fall with the uncertainty of the state of live events being better, organizers of Skull & Roses felt it was best to allow a full year to fully prepare for one of the world’s biggest celebrations of the music of the Grateful Dead.
Original purchases of 2020 festival tickets, camping passes, and hotel reservations will be honored for the new dates in 2021, and fans who keep their 2020 orders will receive a $20 merch booth credit to use during the rescheduled festival. Read the festival’s official statement here.
Campout For The Cause also announced its official cancellation of its 2020 festival. The 12th annual festival was initially scheduled for May 29th-31st at Buena Vista, CO’s The Meadows, with a lineup of The California Honeydrops, Drew Emmitt, Lindsay Lou, Daniel Rodriguez, Rapidgrass, Grant Farm, Tierro Band, Mama Magnolia, Bonfire Dub, We Dream Dawn, WinterWonderWomen, The Sea Stars, Pickin’ on the Dead, and more.
The festival will now take place on June 4th-6th, 2021. All 2020 ticket holders will be automatically refunded to their original payment account. For more information, please visit the festival’s official Facebook page and its website.
Thursday, April 2, 2020, 11:00 a.m. ET
Organizers for The Hog Farm Hangout have announced the postponement of its 2020 festival. The festival was initially scheduled for June 12th-14th at Black Oak Ranch in Laytonville, CA, but will now take place on September 18th-20th. In a Facebook post, festival organizers confirmed that much of the lineup will stay the same, which sees three nights of The String Cheese Incident.
All festival tickets purchased will be valid during the new dates, however, the festival has announced that refund and exchange options will be available in the coming days should any patrons not be able to attend the new dates.
Wednesday, April 1, 2020, 5:30 p.m. ET
Organizers for DelFest have announced the postponement of its 2020 festival. The festival was initially scheduled for May 21st-24th at the Allegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland, MD and feature a lineup including The Del McCoury Band, The Travelin’ McCourys, Old Crow Medicine Show, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Béla Fleck & The Flecktones, Punch Brothers, Sam Bush, Billy Strings, Mandolin Orange, The Infamous Stringdusters, Sierra Hull, Leftover Salmon, The Jerry Douglas Band, Anders Osborne & Jackie Greene, Molly Tuttle, The Lil Smokies, Della Mae, Cris Jacobs Band, emcee Joe Craven, and more. Organizers have announced that a postponement date in the Fall could be likely, or until 2021.
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 cancellations 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), Aftershock in Sacramento, CA (10/9–11), and Bourbon and Beyond in Louisville, KY (9/25–27). As of today, each 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]