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Coronavirus, aka COVID-19, is causing multiple cancellations in the music events calendar

  • Mixmag Crew
  • 23 March 2020

DGTL Amsterdam has been postponed

A statement from the organisers reads: "In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, we at DGTL believe in putting the health and safety of our visitors, crew, volunteers and society above all. After yesterday’s official decisions by the Dutch government and health officials, it is with deep sadness that we have to officially inform you that DGTL Amsterdam will not be taking place as scheduled on April 11th and 12th 2020."

Studio 338 has turned into a food warehouse in order to help the vulnerable

Insider reports on the charity efforts of the South East London club here.

March 23
IMS Ibiza has been cancelled

IMS, the long-running Ibiza music conference, has been cancelled. Due to take place in May, organisers are now working hard to make sure its programme of panel discussions and interviews takes place online.

It's keynote interview with Brian Eno was already due to take place via conference call, due to Eno wanting to make his appearance as climate friendly as possible.

Nuits Sonores has been postponed

We're all hoping things are better by high summer, including the organisers of French festival Nuits Sonores, who have postponed the May weekender to late July. Fingers crossed.

March 18
Manchester's Soup Kitchen has closed until further notice

Manchester's Soup Kitchen is now shut with immediate effect while looking into ways it can secure its future.

See the statement below.

Glastonbury has cancelled the 2020 edition

Glastonbury Festival will not be taking place this year due to the measures advised by the government.

Current ticket holders will be able to carry their deposit on to next year.

Statement from Michael and Emily Eavis here.



Printworks London announces temporary closure and show postponements

Printworks has announced all of its remaining shows in the calendar will be rescheduled to later this year.

In a statement on its website, Printworks said: “The health, safety and wellbeing of our guests, staff and artists are of paramount importance to us at Printworks London. Until now, we have been following the UK Government’s advice in relation to the current COVID-19 outbreak. However, although the latest advice (as of Monday, 16 March) only ‘advises’ against mass gatherings, it is with much regret that we have decided to postpone the remaining music shows."

The club said refunds will be available, but has asked people who can afford to, to hold on to the tickets for the new dates.

Read the statement in full here.

The Warehouse Project postpones remaining Concourse shows

All shows at Concourse at The Warehouse Project in Manchester have been postponed. Patrick Topping, Joseph Capriati and Charlotte De Witte are among the artists who were due to play at the venue.

The venue wrote: "The safety of our customers, employees and artists is and has always been paramount to us. With this in mind and in line with the latest government directives around the containment of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, we strongly believe postponing the remaining Concourse shows is the is the responsible thing to do."

More info here.

March 17
New York closes all clubs and venues

As of today, all NYC clubs and venues are closed until further notice.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said: “The virus can spread rapidly through the close interactions New Yorkers have in restaurants, bars and places where we sit close together. We have to break that cycle."

Read more on the NYC closures here.

Fabric has temporarily closed

Fabric is temporarily closing as a health and safety precaution.

In a statement on its website, the club said: "Over the last few weeks we’ve been following the UK government's advice on dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak. Based on the latest advice given by the government earlier on this afternoon, we’ve decided that pausing our club schedule is essential. While we’re saddened by the whole situation, we believe that this is the right thing to do at this moment in time.

"Like many other industries, the entire electronic music ecosystem is facing a hugely challenging period as a result of this crisis. We want to send our thoughts out to every artist, agent and promoter facing event cancellations, and thank everyone we work with for their ongoing support and cooperation.

"We’re also thinking of the other clubs, music venues and their teams around the world that are currently on standstill. Though the circumstances were different last time around, we’ve been in a similar position before and will pull through this together."

Read the full statement here.

Ultra is partnering with SiriusXM to launch a Virtual Audio Festival

Following the cancellation of its Miami event due to COVID-19, Ultra Music Festival has announced a partnership with SiriusXM to launch a channel called UMF Radio, which will be airing the Ultra Virtual Audio Festival from this Friday.

The broadcast is set to feature exclusive sets from artists originally due to play the festival, including Carl Cox, Major Lazer and Above & Beyond.

Find out how to tune in at SiriusXM's website.

London festival RE-TEXTURED postponed until 2021

RE-TEXTURED Festival, due to take place at various venues in London from April 2 to 5, has been postponed until 2021.

Helena Hauff, Actress, Daniel Avery, Afrodeutsche, dBridge, SOPHIE, Lotic, rRoxymore, Coucou Chloe and more were due to play.

Statement from the organisers:

"It is with deep regret and a heavy heart that we announce that RE—TEXTURED Festival is postponed to 2021.

"We have decided to forgo this year's edition as we believe it is our duty to play our part in the safe keeping of the electronic music community during the fast evolving outbreak of virus COVID-19. Due to the large scale nature of the shows, the UK government's recent advice to avoid mass gatherings as well as the breadth of international audiences and performers expected at RE—TEXTURED, we do not feel that it would be possible for us to continue with the 2020 edition.

"Having spent nearly a year planning for the festival with our event partners, artists and stakeholders, this is a devastating decision for all involved. However, there is nothing more important to us than the health, safety and physical well-being of our attendees and employees.

"Please note, all ticket holders will be contacted on Monday 23rd of March about how to reschedule tickets to the 2021 edition or obtain a refund if you are unable to make the new date.

"It is our profound hope that the entire music community will pull together and support one another in this incredibly challenging environment."

March 16
Donal Trump says American should avoid gatherings of 10 or more people

US president Trump has asked for people to avoid gatherings of 10 or more people, saying these guidelines will in place for two weeks. More here.

Boris Johnson advises people to "avoid pubs and clubs

UK prime minster Boris Johnson has changed the government's coronovirus strategy, asking people to "avoid pubs, clubs and other venues."

He also suggested people work from home where they can and said all non-essential travel shouldn't be done.

Egg London has closed for the foreseeable

London club Egg has closed for the foreseeable.

Statement below:

After careful consideration and following advice from WHO on aiding the prevention of the spread of Covid - 19 Virus and the general consensus worldwide on gatherings, Egg LDN have decided to close for the foreseeable future.

“The welfare of our staff, customers and the wider community is of the utmost importance to us and we feel this step is necessary.

As this is a big step for us, please give us some time to work with the ticket companies on refunds and discuss with artists and their management on rescheduling shows. We thank you for your continued support and we hope to see you in the near future.” said an Egg LDN spokesman.

Ahead of the UK government ruling about limiting the amount of people who can assemble together, Egg LDN has decided to take this step to safeguard the health of all the people they work with and of course their customers.

“At times like this we all need to look to out for our family, friends, neighbours and the vulnerable so please remember to be vigilant and stay positive!”

The UK government could ban large scale events

Read the full story here.

Defected are running an online music festival this Friday

The house label is looking to lift spirits. Info here.

UNIIQU3 postpones shows

The Jersey Club artist has called off shows – basically what most artists are having to do by this point. Here's her statement.

NTS and Phonica move online only

The radio station has shut its studios but will stream its shows from remote locations and dip into its archive. And Phonica in London has closed for the foreseeable but remains open online.

If you're working in music / the arts and are affected, this MP wants to hear from you

The Labour MP Tracy Brabin is asking for those working in the creative industries to share their experiences during the coronavirus outbreak.

Her call out is here and her email is: tracy.brabin.mp@parliament.uk

Cultural venues in Berlin are closed until April 19

Bars, clubs, theatres, museums, restaurants etc are all affected. Info here.

March 13
Good Room and Nowadays cancel parties this weekend

The New York clubs have called off events this weekend. Read Good Room's statement here and Nowadays' here.

Rewire festival has been cancelled

The leftfield weekender was due to take place at the start of April in The Hague, Netherlands. Statement here.

More artists cancel tours

Eris Drew, Mija and My Nu Leng have all cancelled tours. Dim Mak has cancelled its Miami activity. Drumcode has cancelled events in Miami and Paris.

With so many shows cancelled, it's time to start spending on merch and records

Check our thread of new releases here.

Notting Hill Carnival is keeping "a close eye on the situation"

One of the world's biggest street parties has released a statement.

Corsica Studios has postponed its Hivern Discs party on Saturday

The club has made the decision to exercise extreme precaution. Refunds are available. Full statement here.

Defected has cancelled all events until May

Defected has cancelled all of its events until May, which is when the Ibiza and Croatia seasons start. These are currently unaffected - full statement.

Record Store Day has been postponed

A blow for record stores - Record Store Day has been postponed to June 20.

It was due to take place on April 18.

RSD's statement reads:

"We are sad to announce that following a decision made by the organisers of Record Store Day, the event will be postponed to June 20th.

This decision comes at a time of unprecedented uncertainty and the health and safety of the general public must come first.

This was absolutely not an easy decision to make as hundreds of independent shops and labels have been working hard towards this year’s celebrations.

We’re working with all of our partners and our stores to make this change as smooth as possible for everyone: customers, record stores, artists, labels and more. Record Store Day is everywhere and we want to hold our party when everyone can gather around safely to celebrate life, art, music and the culture of the indie record store.

Given the challenges now facing the independent record store community we urge music fans to continue to support their local record shop in whichever way they can to see us through what is about to become a very challenging time.

Thank you as ever for your continued support and we look forward to seeing in the record store on June 20th."

March12
Time Warp has been cancelled

The techno mega fest has been cancelled.

Read the full story here.

New York bans all events and gatherings for over 500 people

In one of the biggest moves yet for New York, there has been a statewide ban on all events and gatherings for over 500 people, with other smaller events also at risk of cancellation. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo made the announcement today, stating that this will go into effect at 5pm on March 13. More info here.

Live Nation is putting a pause on all tours

According to Billboard, sources have said that Live Nation is 'instructing its touring shows to prepare to return home'. This would effect the tours of artists like Billie Eilish and Post Malone. Read more here.

Basement in NYC closes for "time being"

Basement, one of NYC's newest clubs will be closed for the "time being". Read the full statement here.

LWE cancel events at Magazine

LWE have cancelled the next two shows at Magazine, the new large-capacity venue in London. The promoter is exercising precaution, read the full statement here.

More Berlin clubs close

Tresor and OHM have shut until April 20, like Berghain. Kraftwerk has also cancelled an upcoming festival.

Shelter Amsterdam is shut until March 31

Shelter has shut its doors until March 31, in line with recommendations from Dutch authorities. Full statement here.

Opium in Lithuania has closed until April 17

Read the club's statement here.

Clubs in Spain and Ibiza have closed

Heart Ibiza has cancelled all of its events in April; Nitsa in Barcelona is closing for two weeks; also in the city, Mood and Razzmatazz are closing until the end of March and Fabrik in Madrid has closed until further notice, with Mondo out until March 21.

Jeremy Olander cancels US tour dates

Trump's travel ban on EU countries has impacted Jeremy Olander's North American dates and will likely affect the plans of many more DJs and artists.

Kelly Lee Owens calls for fans to buy music

Kelly Lee Owens is echoing what a lot of people are saying on socials - now's the time to buy the music and merch of the artists you love.

Snowbombing has been cancelled

The beloved snow fest has been cancelled after Austrian authorities put a ban on outdoor events with over 500 people and indoor events with over 1000 people.

The festival has offered the following options for ticketholders:

Options:

  1. Full refund of your festival package.
  2. Keep your existing holiday in the ‘hof. Currently, the hotels, ski lifts, bars and restaurants in Mayrhofen are open and your holiday can still take place. If you choose this option we will refund £150 – the value of your festival wristband within your package. We will still be there to manage your holiday and if possible will still be providing some entertainment.
  3. You can transfer your booking to Snowbombing 2021, the dates of which are to be 5 April – 10 April. If you take this option we will also offer you a 20% refund on this year’s package and 100 euros wristband credit at next year’s show.

Read the full statement from Snowbombing here. Headliner Liam Gallagher has also made a statement in his inimitable style.

Read our report on how coronavirus is affecting the music industry

Jack Needham has put together this comprehensive report on how COVID-19 is affecting the music industry. The regular Mixmag contributor talks to DJs, promoters, festivals and venues.

Read the full story here.

March 11
Berghain cancels events until April 20

The Berlin clubbing institution has cancelled all 'self-produced events' until April 20.

Read the full story here.

Metronomy postpone EU tour

The indie pop gang have postponed their forthcoming EU tour, due to take place across March and April.

Rampage festival is postponed until September

Bass event Rampage has rescheduled for September, as long as it gets the green light from Belgian authorities.

Disclosure cancel EU and North America shows

Disclosure have cancelled their upcoming DJ dates in Europe and North America, citing 'unforeseen circumstances'. The shows had been booked for March and April, but their bookings after that remain unaffected.

Underworld cancel shows in Norway and Denmark

Underworld have postponed upcoming shows in Norway and Denmark due to coronavirus. The band say they want to reschedule the gigs as soon as is safely possible.

Tasmania's Dark Mofo winter arts festival has been cancelled

"We’re killing Dark Mofo for the year. I know that [cancellation] will murder an already massacred tourism environment, but I feel like I have no choice," says founder David Walsh.

Read the full statement here.

Berlin's Trauma Bar and Kino

Berlin's Trauma Bar and Kino is closing its closing its doors until the end of the month, postponing four scheduled events.

Read the full statement here.

March 10
Miami Winter Music Conference postponed

Miami WMC will be rescheduled. Florida is currently under a state of emergency, so both the Winter Music Conference and Ultra have been cancelled.

Local promoters are still trying to make things happen during the week of WMC though.

Read the full story here.

Coachella reportedly attempting to reschedule to October

Coachella has reportedly opened conversations to move its 250,000 capacity festival to a later date in the year in order to escape cancellation.

Read the full story here.

March 6
SXSW cancelled

Austin's SXSW Festival has officially cancelled its 2020 edition, marking the first time in 34 years that the March event will not take place.

Read the full story here.

March 6
Ultra Music Festival confirms it will not take place this year

Following initial rumours, Miami's Ultra Music Festival has confirmed it will not take place this year due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

Read the full story here.

March 5
Beat Hotel Marrakech postpones March festival under orders from the Moroccan government

A Moroccan Government ban on events with over 1000 people has forced the Beat Hotel to postpone its Marrakech festival, which was due to take place across March 19 to 22.

Read the full story here.

March 5
Tomorrowland Winter cancelled under order of the French government

The Tomorrowland Winter 2020 edition has been forced into cancellation, with the organisers revealing: “The French Government is taking drastic measures regarding the COVID-19 virus in France. Therefore they are enforcing the cancellation of large events, bringing together people from different nationalities on closed festival grounds and event locations.”

Read the full story here.

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