Since the outbreak of the coronavirus disease at the end of 2019, more than 80,000 people have contracted the disease, resulting in more than 2,700 deaths according to the World Health Organization. As the disease continues to spread, live event organizers have been canceling or postponing large gatherings from technology conferences to major concerts.
With the disease reaching more than 40 countries, Billboard has compiled an ongoing list of major concerts and events that have been postponed or canceled due to the outbreak.
Cancellations Announced in March
March 12 – Kenny Chesney announced that he’s postponing the first 11 shows of his Chillaxification tour out of an abundance of caution. “You can’t take risks without really understanding the consequences,” he said in a statement. “In times of uncertainty, I won’t take chances with those I love. I can’t imagine, as much as we love being out there playing for the fans, being able to do that through the worry our nation is experiencing.”
The 2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Public Hall in Cleveland honoring Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, the Doobie Brothers, T-Rex, Notorious B.I.G. and Whitney Houston has been postponed until a later date.
Organizers of Lollapalooza Argentina have officially announced that the festival will be postponed until the second half of the year.
Maluma has postponed the European leg of his 11:11 World Tour.
Tove Lo has rescheduled the remaining dates on her European tour to September. “I have been looking forward to these shows for so long, but it has become unsafe and impossible for all of us to continue as planned,” she tweeted.
Dan + Shay have postponed their spring tour — dates now start in July. “Thank you all for your patience and understanding. It is a strange, strange time for all of us, but we felt this was the right thing to do. Previously purchased tickets will be honored at all rescheduled dates. We hope everyone can make it. Keep an eye on venue websites for further information and updates. Stay safe out there,” the band said in a statement.
All events at Carnegie Hall in New York City for the month of March have been canceled. “With the health and safety of its public, artists, and staff as its foremost priority, Carnegie Hall today announced that it will be closed for all public events and programming through the end of March, effective midnight tonight, in an effort to reduce the spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19),” read an official statement on the venue’s site.
The Who postponed their UK/Ireland tour, which was slated to kick off on Monday (March 16) in Manchester at the Manchester Arena. “The fans’ safety is paramount and given the developing Coronavirus situation, the band felt that they had no option but to postpone the shows,” read a statement that promised the dates will be rescheduled for later in the year. Singer Roger Daltrey assured fans that the gigs will “definitely happen and it may be the last time we do a tour of this type, so keep those tickets, as the shows will be fantastic,” with guitarist/songwriter Pete Townshend adding, ”[the band] haven’t reached this decision easily, but given the concerns about public gatherings, we couldn’t go ahead… if one fan caught Coronavirus at a WHO concert it would be one too many.” The pushed off shows include a Teenage Cancer Trust show at Royal Albert Hall on March 28.
March 11 – Dark Mofo, a festival in Australia’s southernmost state, has been canceled due to concerns surrounding COVID-19. Bon Iver was scheduled to perform at the June fest.
Italian orchestral death metal band Fleshgod Apocalypse postponed their North American tour — which was slated to feature their first accompaniment by a string quartet — due to travel restrictions tied to the coronavirus. The shows will take place at a later, as-yet-unspecified, date. “It is with heavy hearts that we must announce the postponement of our upcoming tour in North America with the Veleno String Quartet and The Agonist,” the band wrote to fans. “We’re absolutely devastated about the delay, but we’re already working to reschedule the tour for late Summer/early Fall (exact dates coming soon). We know that there are so many people waiting for us in the US and Canada and we can’t wait to see you.”
Israeli pop band Lola Marsh rescheduled a string of European dates for June and September. “We are sad as this tour was a real dream for us, but looking forward to seeing everyone at the new shows! Wishing health and safety to all,” they wrote in an Instagram post with the new dates.
K-pop group Stray Kids will not be touring Europe this spring after all. The boy band’s planned gigs in Madrid, Berlin, Brussels, Paris and Moscow have been put on ice, as well as their show at London’s Wembley Arena on May 17 on their District 9: Unlock tour. “We ask for your understanding as this decision has been made in consideration for the safety of the artists and audience,” they wrote.
Following an emergency health declaration from Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, all remaining events for RodeoHouston have been cancelled. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo runs from March 3-22. Kane Brown was scheduled to perform March 11, with additional country sets by Dierks Bentley on March 15 and Keith Urban on March 16.
The latest festival to cancel in the wake of the virus — which has spread to 38 states and the District of Columbia — is Knoxville, Tennessee’s Big Ears Festival, which was slated to take place from march 26-39. “This has been a tough decision. Not only is the principle that ‘the show must go on’ woven into our DNA, but the impact of this cancellation on the community that makes Big Ears possible — the artists, the festival attendees, our staff and production teams, and the Knoxville community with all of its businesses and workers — cannot be overstated,” read a statement. Refunds will be offered to ticketholders for the event slated to feature sets from Devendra Banhart, Joe Henry, Kronos Quartet, Patti Smith and Thundercat, among others.
The MUSEXPO Creative Summit 2020 set for March 22-25 in California was postponed due to following the announcement by The World Health Organization that the coronavirus (COVID-19) is now officially a pandemic. AllAccess.com’s Worldwide Radio Summit 2020 is also said to be postponing in the same announcement.READ MOREConcert Industry Faces Cruel, Cruel Summer as Coronavirus Spreads
The GLAAD Media Awards were set to take place in New York on March 19, but have been cancelled in the interest of public safety over the spread of the coronavirus. Rich Ferraro, GLAAD’s chief communications officer and an executive producer of the GLAAD Media Awards, says, “we will be in touch with nominees shortly with plans for how award categories scheduled for the New York show will be announced.”
Glass Animals canceled their March 14 show at Neumos, Seattle, following Washington governor Jay Inslee’s temporary ban on group events with more than 250 people.
Pearl Jam hosted a fan FAQ on their tour postponement, explaining, “We have been through a lot as a band over the past 30 years and we did not make this decision lightly. Our team worked tirelessly to see if we could keep the tour going. It became clear by Monday afternoon that we would not be able to – in good conscience – head out on the road. Even though our gear was already en route and our crew was on the ground for rehearsals, we made the difficult decision to postpone. We wanted you all to know as soon as we knew so you could make your own plans.” The band also explained if original tickets will be honored, whether anyone in the band is infected (they’re not) and if it will affect the March 27 Gigaton album release date (it won’t).
Iconic D.C. rock venue 9:30 Club has joined Lincoln Theater, the Anthem and other Washington venues in canceling shows until at least March 31 after the city’s health department recommends calling off gatherings of 1,000 people or more.
Reunited prog rockers Yes canceled shows in Florida and their Cruise to the Edge appearance. “Although YES performs with the spirit that ‘the show must go on,’ we’ve reached the point where various factors require us to cancel our forthcoming U.S. dates and cancel our appearances on the 7th ‘Cruise To The Edge,'” wrote guitarist Steve Howe of the event slated to feature Marillion, Saga, Kings X, Gong and others. “We are full of regret, as we’ve been preparing for these shows with maximum excitement. Running a relatively large show aided by our 12-piece crew and full production requires insurance coverage, which is currently unavailable to us for a variety of reasons beyond our control.” Cruise to the Edge is still slated to leave the port of Miami on March 27 without Yes.
Metal band Machine Head postponed the second European leg of their 25th anniversary tour, which was scheduled to take off in Zaragoza, Spain, on April 19. “It is with heavy heart that we must announce the postponement of our upcoming EU/UK tour in support of the 25th anniversary of Burn My Eyes,” they wrote. “As residents of the Bay Area, we’ve been hit hard and have witnessed firsthand what has been going on. Public gatherings of more than 1000 have been banned in San Jose, and events in downtown San Francisco including major concerts and conferences have been shut down.”
They Might Be Giants have pushed all March and April shows in New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. to the end of the year. “It is our hope the 4.30 Boston show and May shows can proceed as planned, but only time will tell,” they told fans.
Boise, Idaho’s Treefort Music Fest postponed this year’s event from March 25-29 until Sept. 23-27. “With support from The City of Boise and Central District Health, postponing the festival is the best option for the Treasure Valley, the far-reaching Treefort community and the individuals and organizations that support Treefort Music Fest,” the fest wrote. Among the acts on this year’s lineup are: Japanese Breakfast, Chromatics, Grouplove, Tennis, Calexico and Built to Spill.
TMZ reported that the final live auditions in Charlotte on Friday (March 13) and New York on March 21 for the reboot of Making the Band have been canceled. “As a precautionary measure to ensure the health of our production crew, talent and aspiring artists, all public auditions for MTV’s Making the Band in Charlotte, NC on March 13-14 and New York City on March 21-22 have been canceled,” read a statement. “Safety remains our utmost priority, and we’re continuing to defer to health officials and the CDC for guidance.” The show is still accepting auditions online.
Reunited riot grrrl band Bikini Kill have postponed their planned tour of the the northwest, which was slated to kick off on Friday (March 13) with a two-night stand in Olympia, Washington. “We take the health and safety of our supporters, crew and opening bands very seriously, and given the situation in Seattle as well as the lack of information about the actual infection rate of the surrounding areas, it doesn’t make sense for us to go forward with any of the shows in the region,” the band tweeted. Though the shows will not go on for now, the band asked fans to donate to the Interfaith Works Emergency Overnight Shelter, which was to be the beneficiary of their Olympia shows.
March 10 – Miley Cyrus canceled her trip to Australia for the World Tour Bushfire Relief concert, due to concerns relating to the coronavirus outbreak. Lil Nas X, The Veronicas and Seb Fontaine were also booked for the now-canceled concert, originally scheduled for Friday (March 13) in Melbourne.
RuPaul’s DragCon LA announced that the planned convention set to take place on May 1, 2 and 3 has been canceled. In a statement posted on their website, DragCon made clear that the cancellation was due directly to the outbreak of COVID-19, and that the “health and safety” of fans and queens must come first.
Pentatonix announced that their world tour, scheduled to kick off on March 16 in Warsaw, Poland, will no longer happen. “Despite our best efforts and intentions, it is, simply, no longer possible for us to execute this tour the way we want to: safely, confidently and completely,” their statement read. The group went on to note that they are working on rescheduling dates.
Zac Brown Band announced via Instagram that they are postponing The Owl tour. “This was an extremely difficult decision, but the well-being of our fans is always our top priority,” they wrote.
Carlos Santana, who was ready to launch his Miraculous 2020 world tour on March 17 in Krakow, Poland, postponed his tour dates.
Planned Parenthood of Greater New York was scheduled to join The Feminist Institute in a “Bans Off My Body” benefit concert on March 14, for gender equality and access to sexual and reproductive health care. However, due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus, the event has been canceled.READ MOREIt’s Official: Coachella & Stagecoach Have Been Rescheduled
Though they didn’t mention COVID-19, EDM duo Disclosure announced the postponement of their intimate U.S. DJ tour just two days after rolling out the dates due to “unforeseen circumstances.” “We feel it’s for the best to reschedule all of these club sets when we can play them all properly,” they wrote.
March 9 – Madonna‘s Madame X Tour has come to an abrupt halt due to new restrictions on public gatherings implemented in France amid the COVID-19 virus spread.”Following official notification from the Office of the Police this morning prohibiting all events with an audience attendance of over 1000, Live Nation regrets to announce the final two Madame X performances previously re-scheduled to 10-March and 11-March are forced to be cancelled,” reads a note on Madonna’s site.
The 2020 editions of Coachella and Stagecoach will need to be moved to later this year, or canceled altogether, admit organizers Goldenvoice.
Though they are forging ahead with their End of the Road tour, Kiss manager Doc McGhee tells Blabbermouth that the band’s members have been advised to temporarily scrap all fan backstage meet-and-greet events.READ MORECoachella & Stagecoach in Talks to Move to October Due to Coronavirus
Poison singer Brett Michaels, 56, has pulled out of The 80s Cruise, on which he was slated to play on March 13 and 14. “As of Sunday March 8, 2020 it has been advised by the Centers for Disease Control that cruise ship travel be deferred for those with compromised immune systems,” read a statement on the singer’s site. “Bret Michaels, a lifelong type 1 Diabetic, falls under the category of those that run the extreme high risk of contracting this illness. Even if this illness is not contracted by Bret, he runs the risk of being quarantined on the ship with fellow music fans that might fall ill.”
Marc Anthony and Henry Cárdenas’s annual Maestro Cares fundraising gala has been postponed. The “Changing Lives, Building Dreams” gala, which was celebrating its ninth annual event March 12 in New York City, has been postponed. A new date is expected to be announced soon.
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers has canceled this year’s 15th annual ASCAP Experience music conference over concerns about the spreading coronavirus. “Out of consideration for the health and safety of our members and all other participants, and due to rising concerns about the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), the determination has been made to cancel the 2020 ASCAP Experience,” said the organization in a statement.
Ultra Abu Dhabi — the Middle Eastern edition of the Miami-based festival — has been canceled. It was set to happen March 5-6.
Mariah Carey has postponed her Honolulu date until November. “I was so excited to come back to Hawaii on my ‘anniversary month’ but evolving international travel restrictions force us to consider everyone’s safety and well being,” Carey wrote on Instagram.
British singer Yungblud called off a tour slated to kick off in South Korea, as well as shows in Japan, Hong Kong, the Philippines and Singapore, according to NME. “At first I was going to say, ‘F–k it’ and come, but we have been advised again to seriously not,” the singer reportedly explained in an Instagram story.
March 8 – Richard Marx rescheduled his first European tour in nearly a decade, pushing it from the spring to the fall due to the global health crisis. “We all decided that it was for everyone’s own good, it was for the best interest of the health of everyone I’m counting on to come see me play,” he said in a video announcing the news. “I’m super bummed, selfishly. I was really, really excited about this tour…Every show was sold out. I haven’t played in Europe in eight or nine years at least. The fact you guys supported this tour the way you did made me even more excited to play.”READ MOREMiley Cyrus Cancels Bushfire Benefit Concert Due to Coronavirus Concerns
March 7 – 1980s “Take On Me” band A-ha canceled its Japanese tour, saying it will be rescheduled at a later date. “We were really looking forward to seeing our fans & friends in Asia, but the safety of our fans has to come first of course,” they write. The affected dates include early March gigs in Tokyo, Fukuoka and Nagoya.
Ciara postponed a performance at the USO Fort Hood slated for March 19. The 34-year-old singer, who is pregnant, said, “With the continued spread of the coronavirus throughout the U.S., as a pregnant woman, my doctors have advised me to limit travel and large group gatherings,” in a statement according to the Associated Press. “I am disappointed I won’t be able to return this month to the place where I was born, Ft. Hood Texas, and put on the amazing show we had planned.” The show is now slated to take place later this year.
Country band Old Dominion pulled out of their planned appearances at the Country Country festivals in the UK. “After much consideration, we have decided to withdraw from our upcoming performances as part of the @c2cfestival in Berlin, Amsterdam, Dublin, London, and Glasgow,” the band wrote. “We are so sorry to disappoint our fans overseas; however, with the growing uncertainty and unpredictable nature of the virus that is spreading throughout the world, the safety and security of our entire team is the top priority.”
March 6 – In a major blow to the Austin, Texas music community, the 2020 SXSW festival hascanceled its entire event. The loss of the interactive, film and music events with an estimated $356 million economic impact on the city comes after Austin’s Mayor, Steve Adler, declared a local disaster due to COVID-19 fears. It marks the first cancelation of the entire event in its 34-year history.
Queen and Adam Lambert notified fans that the group’s planned May 26 show at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris has been postponed “following a government decree in France to cancel all indoor events over 5,000 capacity in France until 31st May in an effort to contain the spread of Coronavirus.” The band said they are working with the promoter to reschedule the date and will announce a new one soon.
Organizers of Tomorrowland Winter in France announced that they have canceled the 2020 winter edition of the electronic dance music festival due to health concerns connected with the spread of COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus. Tomorrowland Winter 2020 was set to run March 14-21 at the French alpine ski resort of Alpe d’Huez Grand Domaine Ski.
March 4 – Ultra Music Festival’s flagship Miami festival scheduled for March 20-22 has been called off, according to city officials.
Slipknot postponed a planned Asian tour slated to kick off on March 20 with the two-night Knotfest, while fellow hard rockers Whitesnake, Sons of Apollo and the Michael Schenker Fest all canceled dates too.
As a result of Apple pulling out of this year’s SXSW festival — along with Twitter, Amazon, TikTok, Facebook and other major companies — Spike Jonze’s Beastie Boys Story documentary is not slated to premiere at the event. Nine Inch Nails has also dropped out of the film portion of the annual fest in Austin, Texas, tweeting, “We’re sorry we won’t be giving our Watchmen keynote at SXSW this year (because we had some surprises in store!) However, it was the right decision.”
March 3 – Maluma has postponed his upcoming concert in Milan amid the outbreak in Italy.
March 2 – Wolf Parade canceled European and U.K. dates for the tour supporting their latest album, Thin Mind. The first show was scheduled for Mar. 2 in the Netherlands.
Lacuna Coil canceled their tour of Asia and Australia. “Our home region of Lombardia, Italy, is in the midst of a coronavirus outbreak,” a statement reads. “Everyone’s health and safety must come first and this includes our fans.”
The National canceled their March 17 and 18 shows in Tokyo for “the interest of public safety.” In an online statement, The National said, “We look forward to returning in the future and performing for our friends in Japan.” The group was set to see support from Phoebe Bridgers.READ MOREPortugal’s Talkfest Forum and Iberian Festival Awards Postponed Over Coronavirus
March 1 – Set It Off called off dates in Asia on Sunday, “due to unforeseen circumstances and for everyone’s safety.” The band also canceled their opening slots for Jimmy Eat World on March 12 and 13 in Manilla and Singapore, respectively.
Cancellations Announced in February
Feb. 29 – Avril Lavigne was set to begin the Asian leg of her Head Above Water World Tour in Shenzhen, China, on April 23, but the “Sk8er Boi” singer announced the 12-date trek would not be happening. “Please everybody take care of yourselves and stay healthy,” she wrote. “You’re in my thoughts and prayers and we are hoping to announce rescheduled shows soon.”
Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals took to social media to announce the cancellation of their March 2-5 tour dates in Japan. Harper took to Twitter to say, “Most importantly we are wishing well to all those affected. We apologize to our fans in Japan for this inconvenience and we hope to reschedule soon.”
Feb. 27 – BTS canceled several concerts planned in Korea due to the global coronavirus outbreak, according to a post on the group’s mobile fan platform Weverse (via Twitter). “It is unavoidable that the concert must be canceled without further delay,” reads the post, which was originally written in Korean and translated by Variety. “Please understand that this decision was made after extensive and careful consideration.”
The National Symphony Orchestra canceled the five remaining performances in Japan of its Asian tour, originally scheduled to run to eight dates.
Feb. 26 – New Order scrapped shows in Tokyo and Osaka. “With the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, we are concerned about the potential quarantine we may face affecting further shows and appearances,” a statement from the British band reads. “We would also hate to risk our fan’s health or the of risk spreading the virus on our return.”
Feb. 25 – The Korea Times Music Festival announced that its concert scheduled for April 25 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles “has provisionally been postponed due to the increasing uncertainty threat of coronavirus.” The annual musical festival, which is in its 18th year, had already announced the likes of K-pop girl group MOMOLAND, solo singer and former Wanna One member Ha Sungwoon and rock band No Brain.
Testament, Exodus and Death Angel’s The Bay Strikes Back show at the Trezzo Live Club in Milan, Italy has been scrapped due concerns over the coronavirus outbreak. “Regarding the epidemic situation, our personal conviction is that the infection does not stop by stopping only the entertainment, sport and culture, instead leaving free access to shopping centers, supermarkets, shops, banks, public transport and offices,” a statement read. “It is a virus that has reached every corner of the globe and is transmitted even just by walking, but which fortunately has a very limited incidence of danger.”READ MOREScott Rudin Slashes Ticket Prices to Hit Broadway Productions Due to Coronavirus
Feb. 23 – English singer Mabel canceled her Feb. 24 concert at the Magazzini Generali venue in Milan. Mabel took to social media on Feb. 23 to state “Due to recent events concerning the Coronavirus in Italy, we’ve been advised by the Minister of Health and the President of the Lombardy region not to go ahead with tomorrow’s show in Milan.”
Feb. 20 – Australian pop artist Ruel postponed the Asian leg of his Free Time World Tour to September 2020 “as a result of the coronavirus,” reads a statement posted to his social media accounts.
Feb. 18 – Promoter Live Nation Japan announced that Ari Lennox needed to cancel her March 3 performance at WWW X Tokyo due to travel restrictions in several Asian countries.
Feb. 14 – R&B artist Khalid postponed his Asian tour dates citing concerns for “the safety of Khalid’s fans, his team and everyone who has been working on these concerts.” Khalid was set to perform in Bangkok, Singapore, Jakarta, Manila, Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo, Seoul, Mumbai and Bangalore between March 24- April 14.
Feb. 13 – U.K. grime rapper Stormzy announced on Feb. 13 that he would be postponing a scheduled Asian tour due to fears over the coronavirus. The rapper had been scheduled to perform in Japan, China and Korea between March 27-29.
Feb. 9 – Seventeen‘s high-profile Ode to You world tour has canceled all of its upcoming dates in February and March.
Feb. 6 – K-pop superstar Taeyeon canceled two concerts in Bangkok over health concerns. Taeyeon had been set to perform at Thunder Dome Muang Thong Thani between Feb 22-23.
Feb. 5 – The Philharmonic Society of Orange County in Southern California canceled its Feb. 5 Chinese New Year Celebration concert by the Shanghai Chinese Orchestra in light of the coronavirus epidemic citing “concerns expressed by community members.”READ MOREAsian Entertainers Cancel Shows Amid Fears Over Coronavirus Spread
Feb. 4 – Taiwanese singer Jolin Tsai postponed her show March 7 performance in China.
The National Symphony Orchestra called off shows in Beijing on March 13 and 14, and one in Shanghai on March 17.
The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra’s tour to Japan and Korea has also been postponed. The tour was originally scheduled to run between March 5-13 with stops at Osaka Symphony Hall, Tokyo Suntory Hall, Deajeon Arts Center, Seoul Arts Center, Chuncheon Culture & Art Center, and Gwangju Culture & Art Center.
Feb. 2 – South Korean girl group GFriend decided to hold their Feb. 3 showcase without an audience due to concerns about coronavirus. The event was instead streamed for fans on Feb. 3.
Agency YG Entertainment announced the cancellation of both WINNER’s Feb. 8 concert in Singapore and AKMU’s Feb. 8 and 9 concert dates in Changwon.
Cancellations Announced in January
Jan. 31 – Three stops on GOT7’s world tour “Keep Spinning” tour were postponed including their concerts in Bangkok planned for Feb. 15 and 16 at Rajamangala National Stadium and a concert in Singapore planned for Feb. 22.
K-pop group TWICE’s Tokyo fan signing events set to be held on Feb. 1 and 2 were canceled.
The inaugural C.E.A. (Charming Eastern Awakening) Fest at Joy Park in Chengdu in China scheduled for April 18-19 is canceled. The event was set to headlining performances from Martin Garrix and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike.
Jan. 30 – NCT Dream’s promoter One Production announced the cancellation of the group’s two shows in Macau, China, on Feb. 7 and 8 and their Feb. 15 concert in Singapore.
The Boston Symphony Orchestra announced the cancellation of its Asia tour. The orchestra had been scheduled to go on a four-city tour that included Seoul in South Korea, Taipei in Taiwan and Shanghai and Hong Kong in China from Feb. 6 to 16.
Jan. 28 – Cantopop singer Leon Lai postponed his two shows in Macau, China. Lai’s Leon Metro Live 2.0 concerts were originally slated for Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 at Studio City Event Centre.
Promoter Live Nation announced the postponement of Miriam Yeung’s Feb. 8 concert in Singapore. The show, which was slated to take place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, is postponed indefinitely, due to the travel and freight conditions in China.
American rock band X Ambassadors took to social media to announce that their Feb. 14 and 15 shows in Shanghai and Chengdu, respectively, were canceled.READ MORECoronavirus Paralyzes China’s Live Sector as Concert Cancellations and Box Office Losses Mount
Jan. 27 – Japanese rock group Suchmos canceled a slate of dates in China that were scheduled between Feb. 7-11. The group said that they hoped to play dates in China as soon as possible.
Jan. 26 – Canto-pop singer Andy Lau canceled 12 concerts scheduled throughout February at the Hong Kong Coliseum. The My Love Andy Lau World Tour Hong Kong 2020 was scheduled to start on Feb. 15 and end on Feb. 28. Lau said in a statement, “Sorry about this. I wish that everyone will remain healthy. And that we get through this difficulty together.” According to the South China Morning Post, more than 100,000 fans will be impacted by the cancellations.
Jan. 24 – The Chinese government has closed the Mercedes-Benz Arena indefinitely. The venue’s promoter and its joint-venture partner, a media group owned by the Shanghai government, have postponed over a dozen shows until the virus is contained.