Will Music Festivals Be Cancelled Because of COVID-19?
Will music festivals be canceled because of COVID-19? In a recent Variety article, organizers did not specify the exact reason for postponing the festival, but said the issue stemmed from difficulty implementing COVID-19 protocols in Texas. While the state has largely refrained from enforcing strict COVID-19 protocols, many concert promoters have started requiring them. If the festival is cancelled because of COVID-19, why is it so late?
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COVID-19 affects concerts
The most recent COVID-19 outbreak has been devastating for live music. A report by Pollstar, a trade publication specializing in the live entertainment industry, estimates that the live music industry will lose $30 billion by the year 2020. The virus shut down major concerts and music festivals, but the industry came back in 2021 with artists like Jack Harlow and J. Cole on the road. While many music lovers have been left wondering how the virus will affect concerts and festivals, there are ways to limit the damage caused by COVID-19.
After the recent pandemic, two major music festivals were postponed or cancelled. Art Basel in Switzerland was canceled on June 8 but will now take place in September. However, the December edition of the festival in Miami Beach, Florida is still going ahead. The organizers are trying to ensure that attendees are able to attend the event. Tours of music festivals being cancelled is an unfortunate situation for both artists and fans.
Despite the UK government’s assurances that it will be back to normal in the spring, there is a chance that music festivals will be cancelled in the wake of this outbreak. A report by UK Music, the industry’s representative body, outlines a strategy to protect the UK’s live music industry. The report notes that the lack of an insurance scheme and COVID-19 protocols is likely to mean the summer music season of 2021 cannot go ahead.
The TED Conference, originally scheduled to take place April 20-24 in Vancouver, has been canceled. The conference is being rescheduled to July. Delegates can still register to attend the virtual conference if they prefer. Tomorrowland, a music festival that was to take place March 14-21 in the French Alps, has also been cancelled. The summer edition of the festival will still go ahead in Belgium.
San Diego Comic-Con
Despite the devastating news, some San Diego residents are determined to attend the convention regardless. Travis, who started the convention tradition in 2009, plans to attend the entire five days. Other Imperial Valley residents plan to volunteer in the convention’s Exhibitors Hall, enjoy the event and attend the concert on Saturday. Others will work at the convention in the Exhibitors Hall, such as Kristopher Haugh.
Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
The Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival is an annual music and arts festival held in Indio, California, in the Colorado Desert. It is co-founded by Paul Tollett and Rick Van Santen in 1999. It is organized by Goldenvoice, a subsidiary of AEG Presents. As of September 2018, it is slated to return as scheduled. This year’s festival was plagued by rain, but organizers are hopeful that it will be back next year.
The Stagecoach Festival is an outdoor country music festival that is held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. This popular festival features various genres of music including mainstream country, bluegrass, roots rock, americana, and alternative country. The lineup for this year’s event will feature more than 200 different artists from all over the country. The festival will be canceled this year if rain is forecasted.