The number of cancellations due to the coronavirus continues to increase.
According to Billboard, Live Nation Entertainment is postponing all of its current and upcoming tours. Live Nation has reportedly told all of their employees of their decision today (Mar. 12) and instructed them to work remotely to avoid coming into the office.
The company will be “postponing current touring arena shows through the end of the month. Some select shows will play out over the next few days, but the remainder of the concerts will be postponed,” according to the report.
“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,” Live Nation said in a joint statement with AEG.
“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.”
This announcement comes at the heels of other cancelled and postponed events in the music industry.
Coachella recently released a statement announcing that it’s annual festival will be postponed until October.
“Coachella will now take place on October 9, 10 and 11 and October 16, 17 and 18, 2020. Stagecoach will take place on October 23, 24 and 25, 2020,” the statement stated. “All purchases for the April dates will be honored for the rescheduled October dates. Purchasers will be notified by Friday, March 13 on how to obtain a refund if they are unable to attend. Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you in the desert this fall.”
Live Nation hopes to have touring resume in May or June. Post Malone, Cher, Billie Eilish, Kiss, TOOL, Morrissey, Thundercat, and Third Eye Blind have current or upcoming tours with Live Nation that will be affected by this decision.