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Entertainment Events Affected by the Corona Virus

In recent weeks people all over the world have seen their lives turned upside down by the corona virus.  In the past two weeks, numerous entertainment and sporting events have been cancelled and postponed as the virus spreads and governments enact restrictions and bans.

Below is a list of events that have been affected by the virus.  I will endeavour to keep it as current as possible.

Music Events:
The Ultra Music Festival in Miami, FL has been cancelled

The SXSW Music and Film Festival in Austin, TX has been cancelled
Carlos Santana has canceled his European tour dates that was scheduled to begin in Poland on March 17.

The A Capella group Pentatonix announced that they will be canceling the European dates on their upcoming world tour.
The Coachella and Stagecoach Festivals have been postponed until October (

Country music group the Zac Brown Band has announced that they are postponing the spring dates for their upcoming tour set to begin March 12.  The summer portion of the tour set to begin in May is still set to go as planned.  Zac Brown ask fans to hold on to their tickets; which will be honoured at the new dates.

Noting that they have been told to avoid large gatherings, the Seattle band Pearl Jam have announced that they will be postponing the North American spring tour dates.  The band assures fans that once the new dates are announced, all tickets will be honoured.

While the concerts themselves will continue, KISS have announced that they will no longer hold meet and greets with their fans due to virus concerns.

The Jewish Museum will be closing for two weeks beginning March 13.    All programs during that time have been cancelled.  Refunds will be given where needed.  The Jewish Museum will continue to monitor the current health crisis during that time.

Shea’s Performing Arts Center and Shea’s 710 Theatre has cancelled all remaining performances of “Hello, Dolly!” and “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”.  Shea’s stated that refunds will be automatically given for tickets purchased.

The Met, Charnegie Hall, and Broadway have all announced closures and cancellations for at least the next two weeks. (

The Who have postponed their UK and Ireland tour which was set to begin March 16.

Country music duo Dan + Shay have postponed the spring dates for their US tour.

Blake Shelton has postponed the final two weeks of his “Friends and Heroes” tour.

Billy Joel has rescheduled two of his shows until later this year.

Noting that he will not take chances with the ones he loves, Kenny Chesney has postponed the early dates for his upcoming tour.

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has closed early by order of the city cancelling performances by Lizzo, Chris Stapleton, and Keith Urban.

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra has cancelled events at least through the end of March.

Seneca Niagara has postponed all events at the Seneca Events Center, Bear’s Den Showroom, and Seneca Alleghany Events Center at least through the rest of March.

Josh Groban has announced that he has postponed his remaining Florida dates and North Carolina dates; the dates affected are March 14 16,  and 20.

Forced to cancel the m4music festival due to limits to crowd sizes; m4music has renamed the event m4music 2.0 and will make it available online March 19-21.  Duo to the changes, the festival will have to cut down on events but the show will go on.

The Download, CMC Rocks, Under the Southern Stars, The Drop, and Anthem Festivals in Australia have all been cancelled.  The One World Global Concert has also been put on hold.

Download, CMC Rocks, Under The Southern Stars, The Drop and Anthem festivals.

The annual Record Store Day has been postponed until June 20.

International concert promoters Live Nation Entertainment and AEG Presents have suspended all tours at least through the end of March.

Sammy Hagar and his band The Circle announced that they have cancelled their tour dates.

Slipknot has announced that they have postponed the Asian dates of their tour.

Knotfest organizers have announced that the festival set to take place next week – March 20 & 21 – have been postponed.

Hopesfall and Taken have postponed the Japanese dates for their tour.  The band has said that they are working to reschedule the dates.

By order of the government, Guns ‘n’ Roses have cancelled their show in Costa Rica.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has postponed the annual Rock Hall induction ceremony and has closed the museum from March 14 to 27. (

In addition to cancelling meet and greet events; KISS has cancelled the Tulsa, Biloxi, and Lafayette dates on the spring leg of their tour.  Those dates have been rescheduled:
Oct 4 at the BOK Center in Tulsa, OK
Oct 6 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, MS
Oct 7 at the Cajundome in Lafayette, LA

Rage Against the Machine and Run the Jewels have postponed the first half of their tour that is a reunion for Rage Against the Machine.  The tour was set to begin March 26.  All dates through May 20 have been postponed and will be rescheduled.

Shock rocker Alice Cooper has postponed his spring dates until the fall.  All dates from March 31 to April 22 will be rescheduled for the fall with the new dates to be announced soon.

Making their farewell tour, Lynard Skynard has added their name to the growing list of artists who are rescheduling tour dates.  The band has postponed shows from March 13 to March 28.  The Fresno, CA show has been rescheduled for Aug 14 and the Reno, NV date has been moved to Oct 2.  More rescheduled dates will be announced soon.

The progressive rock band YES have cancelled the concert performances beginning March 19 and running through the Cruise to the Edge event.

The Who have announced that they are cancelling their UK and Ireland tour that was set to begin March 16 and run through April 8.  Pete Townsend announced that the concerts will happen in the future.

The Lollapalooza Festivals in Santiago, Chile and Buenos Aires, Argentina set for March 27-29 have been postponed.  Organizers say that they plan to reschedule the events.

Iron Maiden have postponed the Australian and New Zealand dates of their tour – May 1 – 13.  The rockers say that they will reschedule the dates but as yet do not have the new dates.

The Beale Street Music Festival and and the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest scheduled annually each May in Memphis has been postponed until a later date.  Memphis officials will announce the new dates in the near future.

Nick Mason has postponed his spring tour dates in the UK and Europe that were to start April 23.  Mason advises UK fans to hold on to their tickets for the new dates which will be rescheduled for some time in October.

Clutch has postponed their South American dates set to begin late in April.  The band promises to reschedule the dates in the near future.

The rock band Tool have announced that they have postponed a number of the North American tour dates beginning with the April 16 show in Miami; other shows are those in Orlando, Tampa, Charlotte, Charlottesville, Baltimore, Uniondale, Montreal, Quebec city, Wilkes Barre Buffalo, Toledo, and Grand Rapids.  The band promises that the dates will be rescheduled and encourages fans to hold on to their tickets which will be honoured for the new dates.

Organizers have cancelled the 50th annual Glastonbury Festival scheduled for June 24-28.  Fans who wish for a refund may get one; otherwise, any deposits will be rolled over for the next festival.

The Bonnaroo Music and Art Festival set for June in Manchester, Tennessee has been postponed until the fall with rescheduled dates September 24-27.

The New Orleans Jazz Heritage Festival has been postponed until some time in the fall with the exact dates forthcoming.

The BottleRock Napa Valley Festival has been postponed from Memorial Day Weekend until October 2-4.

At the request of the Japanese Prime Minister, Bob Dylan has cancelled his Japanese tour dates.

My Chemical Romance has postponed their Japanese, Australian, and New Zealand dates.  There is no word at this time when the dates will be rescheduled.

Latin music duo Rodrigo y Gabriela has postponed their concert dates for the remainder of March.  The duo plans on rescheduling the dates and will announce new show dates in the near future.

The Rolling Stones have postponed the North American dates of their No Filter Tour.  The tour set to begin May 8 in San Diego includes shows in Vancouver, Minneapolis, Nashville, Austin, Dallas, Buffalo, Detroit, Louisville, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Charlotte, Tampa, and Atlanta.  The Stones encourage fans to hold on to their tickets which will be good for the rescheduled dates when they are announced.

Texas Blues rockers ZZ Top have announced that their residency at The Venetian Theatre in Las Vegas that was set to run March 20-28 has been postponed.  the rockers will be announcing new dates in the near future.

The gala event celebrating the induction of The Isley Brothers, the Eurythmics, Steve Miller, The Neptunes, Pharrell Williams and Chad Hug, Rick Nowel, William Stevenson,  and Mariah into the Songwriters Hall of Fame has been postponed until next year.  The event originally scheduled for June 11, 2020 will now be held June 10, 2021.  Additionally, Paul Williams is set to receive the Johnny Mercer Award and the Abe Olman Publishing Award will go to Universal Music Publishing Chairman and CEO Jody Gerson.

The annual CMA – Country Music Association – Festival held in Nashville has been canceled.  For 40 years the annual four day event has brought thousands of music fans to the event.  Fans who have purchased tickets may use them for next year’s event or request a refund.


Sporting Events:
NASCAR will continue to hold races as usual but has enacted some restrictions on access to the teams and drivers. (

NASCAR to run Atlanta and Homestead-Miami races with no fans (

The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series has announced that the race originally scheduled to begin the Euro Series racing season on April 25 and 26 – The NASCAR GP Spain at Valencia – has been postponed until October 31 and November 1 and will now conclude the 2020 racing season. Currently the remainder of the season will run as scheduled with the season beginning June 6 and 7 with the NASCAR GP UK.

IMSA – the International Motor Sports Association – has announced that the 68th annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring originally scheduled for March 18-21 has been postponed and will now conclude the IMSA racing season on November 11-14. IMSA cited the just implemented travel ban between the United States and Europe that will prevent racing teams and essential personnel from participating in the race.  Tickets that have been purchased for the 12 Hours at Sebring race will be honoured for the new dates.

In a statement from the ACC – Atlantic Coast Conference – “Following additional consultation with the league’s presidents and athletic directors, and in light of the continued conversations surrounding the fluidity of COVID-19, the Atlantic Coast Conference will immediately cancel the remainder of the 2020 ACC Tournament.”  In addition, “The Atlantic Coast Conference has suspended all athletic related activities including all competition, formal and organized practice, recruiting and participation in NCAA championships until further notice.”

Statement from the Atlantic Coast Conference: “The Atlantic Coast Conference has suspended all athletic related activities including all competition, formal and organized practice, recruiting and participation in NCAA championships until further notice.”

Statement from the Atlantic Coast Conference: “The Atlantic Coast Conference has suspended all athletic related activities including all competition, formal and organized practice, recruiting and participation in NCAA championships until further notice.”

Major League Baseball has postponed the opening of the season for at least two weeks.

The National Basketball Association has suspended the remainder of the season.

The National Hockey League has suspended the remainder of the season.

England has suspended football games until April 3.  The European football leagues have also shuttered games at least through the end of the month.

After cancelling the opening race of the season in Australia, Formula 1 Racing has postponed the next two races in Vietnam and Bahrain.

The PGA has called off the Players Championship that was to start this weekend.  The Valspar Championship, the Dell Match Play, the Valero Texas Open, and the Masters Tournament have all been cancelled or postponed.

The LGPA has postponed its next three events – two in South Korea and one one Japan – and is hoping to reschedule them later in the year.

The NCAA has called off the men’s and women’s basketball championships known as March Madness.  Cancelling all spring championships; they have also cancelled hockey, baseball, and lacrosse.

Other Events:
Joel Osteen’s Mega Lakewood Church has announced that they are canceling all church services and will be holding services via online.

Film premieres are a big event; “No Time To Die”, “A Quiet Place 2”, “Fast and Furious 9”, “Mulan”, “Blue Story”, and “Lovebirds” have all postponed upcoming film release dates.

The latest edition of the “Mission: Impossible” franchise has delayed filming due to virus restrictions in Italy.

The TCM Classic Film Festival has been canceled; ticket prices will be refunded.

Filmed live television shows “Lights Out with David Spade”, “Tosh.O”, “One Day at a Time”, “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”, The Daily Show”, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”, “Wheel of Fortune”, “Jeopardy”, and late night television talk shows are all filming without a live audience.

The Kid’s Choice Awards has postponed it March 22 awards ceremony.

The GLAAD Media Awards has canceled its March 19 New York City awards presentation.

CBS has postponed taping of season 41 of “Survivor”.

The Tribeca Film Festival has been postponed from the original April 15-26 but new dates have yet to be announced.

National Association of Theater Owners have announced that due to concerns over the corona virus, they have cancelled the annual CinemaCon.

The 40th annual Razzie Awards scheduled for March 14 in the The Barnsdall Theatre in Los Angeles has been postponed due to the ban on large crowds.


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