Two of North America’s largest live event promotion companies, Live Nation and AEG, along with several other booking agencies, have joined together to postpone all events through the end of March due to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.
Live Nation, AEG, Creative Artists Agency, William Morris Endeavor, Paradigm, and United Talent Agency released a joint statement on Thursday announcing the decision, meant to protect artists, fans, and the community at large,
The world’s leading forces in live entertainment have come together to form a global task force to drive strategic support and unified direction ensuring precautionary efforts and ongoing protocol are in the best interest of artists, fans, staff, and the global community. At this time, we collectively recommend large scale events through the end of March be postponed. We continue to support that small-scale events follow guidance set by their local government officials. We feel fortunate to have the flexibility to reschedule concerts, festivals, and live events as needed, and look forward to connecting fans with all their favorite artists and live entertainment soon.
The decision to postpone due to the coronavirus outbreak will affect all Live Nation, AEG, CAA, WME, Paradigm, and UTA shows through the end of March except for a select few shows this Thursday (3/12) and Friday (3/13). It is still unclear if the postponement will extend past March.
The news follows a week full of tour, concert, festival, and event cancellations, including Coachella, SXSW, Ultra, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, and even Phil Lesh‘s 80th birthday celebration at The Capitol Theatre this weekend.
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[H/T Rolling Stone]