Tomorrowland Winter is now the second major festival to cancel its 2020 event due to the ongoing spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), festival organizers announced early Thursday morning.
In a statement shared by the major electronic music festival, which was scheduled to take place in Huez, France later this month on March 14th–21st, event producers explained, “Today, it is with a heavy heart that we have to inform you that the French Government has decided to cancel this year’s edition. Since Saturday we were in close contact with the French Government about the impact of the COVID-19 virus (coronavirus) and we finally received their official decision.”
The statement goes on to clarify that the ski area of Alpe d’Huez Grand Domaine Ski will remain open for visitors and tourists for all normal social activities, but the government doesn’t want to encourage people to come in from outside countries for to attend the festival.
The announcement comes less than a day after it was reported that the city of Miami, FL is putting intense pressure on Ultra Music Festival organizers to also postpone or cancel their 2020 event, set to take place in the coastal city the weekend of March 20th-22nd. Both Miami city officials and Ultra organizers will hold a joint press conference tomorrow morning (Friday) where the two parties are presumed to announce the cancellation of the popular EDM festival.
As for New Orleans’ Buku Project, scheduled for March 20th-21st, festival organizers shared their own update on Thursday morning stating, “Buku is on. We are monitoring the global health situation carefully and will work with all appropriate authorities to ensure a safe and healthy Buku in 2020.”
Scroll down to read the full announcement from Tomorrowland Winter organizers.