The global novel coronavirus outbreak has forced postponements and cancellations of cultural events -- like SXSW and, as of Tuesday, Coachella and Stagecoach -- as travel concerns grip the world.
"Good Morning America" has compiled some of the biggest events to be altered below.
Coachella and Stagecoach: Goldenvoice, the company behind Stagecoach and Coachella, announced Tuesday that both festivals have been postponed "at the direction of the County of Riverside and local health authorities." Coachella will take place Oct. 9, 10 and 11 and Oct. 16, 17 and 18, while Stagecoach will be held Oct. 23, 24 and 25. "While this decision comes at a time of universal uncertainty, we take the safety and health of our guests, staff and community very seriously," a statement from Goldenvoice read. "We urge everyone to follow the guidelines and protocols put forth by public health officials."
Miley Cyrus:: Miley Cyrus announced March 9 that she had to pull out of a benefit concert for the Australian bushfires set to take place on March 13 to "protect the health and safety" of her band and crew. The "Wrecking Ball" singer did confirm that she would be making a donation to help victims despite her cancellation.
I am so disappointed to not be there, but I have to do what is right to protect the health and safety of my band and crew. I will still be making a donation to help the victims of the Australian bush fire. I'm sorry to miss everyone in Australia, but I will be back soon.— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) March 10, 2020
2020 Ultra Music Festival: The 2020 Ultra Music Festival, scheduled to begin March 20, was officially postponed -- and effectively canceled -- on March 6, Rolling Stone reported. Associated acts included Afrojack, Major Lazer, Zedd and David Guetta. "We are emphasizing to the public that this decision is not a cause for alarm, but rather that we are doing it in an abundance of caution,” Miami Mayor Francis Suarez said. Suarez also announced that Calle Ocho, the city's Carnival celebration, would also be canceled.
Ciara: Ciara, who is pregnant with her third child, said that her doctor advised her to "limit travel and large group gatherings." "I am disappointed I won't be able to return this month to the place where I was born, Fort Hood, Texas, and put on the amazing show we had planned," she said.
Pearl Jam: Pearl Jam announced March 9 that it was postponing the first leg of its tour that was scheduled to kick off in Toronto on March 18.
Madonna: Madonna was forced to cancel shows in Paris, Live Nation announced.
Louis Tomlinson: Louis Tomlinson canceled his March show in Milan, but has promised to reschedule it.
The National: The National announced March 2 that they were canceling their March 17 and 18 concerts in Tokyo.
Much to our disappointment, in the interest of public safety our March 17+18 dates in Tokyo have been canceled. Refunds will be available at the point of purchase from March 3 to March 31, 2020.
We look forward to returning in the future and performing for our friends in Japan. pic.twitter.com/VHS6h0Y600— The National (@TheNational) March 2, 2020
Avril Lavigne: Avril Lavigne announced in February that her tour of Asia had been canceled. "My band, crew and I have been working so hard to bring this tour worldwide and are completely bummed out," she wrote. "Please everybody take care of yourselves and stay healthy. You're in my thoughts and prayers and we are hoping to announce rescheduled shows soon."
BTS: BTS canceled its concerts in Seoul, which were scheduled for April 11, 12, 18, and 19. "Please understand that this decision was made after extensive and careful consideration in order to cooperate with the government's measures on restricting public events as well as municipal advisories on the use of cultural and sports facilities," the band's label, Big Hit, stated in February.
Mariah Carey: Mariah Carey tweeted that she was forced to postpone a Hawaii concert until November because of "evolving international travel restrictions."
Aloha Hawaii!! I'm so so sad to have to announce that I'm postponing my show to 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. (Cont.) pic.twitter.com/HVbPX6PSxm— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) March 3, 2020
Green Day: Green Day announced Feb. 27 that the band made the "difficult decision" to postpone their upcoming shows in Asia "due to the health + travel concerns with coronavirus."
We have unfortunately made the difficult decision to postpone our upcoming shows in Asia due to the health + travel concerns with coronavirus. We know it sucks, as we were looking forward to seeing you all, but hold on to your tickets we'll be announcing the new dates very soon.— Green Day (@GreenDay) February 28, 2020
Khalid: Khalid postponed his Asia tour due to "recent advisories and travel restrictions," AEG announced Feb. 13.
Conferences and Events
SXSW: Days after companies including Facebook, Netflix, and TikTok pulled out of Austin's weeklong culture-meets-tech festival, SXSW, the city pulled the plug on the event altogether. "We are exploring options to reschedule the event and are working to provide a virtual SXSW online experience as soon as possible for 2020 participants," sead a statement from organizers. "We will continue to work hard to bring you the unique events you love. Though it's true that our March 2020 event will no longer take place in the way that we intended, we continue to strive toward our purpose -- helping creative people achieve their goals."
Ted 2020: Ted 2020 -- a conference focused on technology, entertainment, and design -- was scheduled to begin April 20, but now, will either be pushed to July or held virtually, the BBC reported.
Boston's 2020 St. Patrick's Day Parade: Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced Monday that the 2020 St. Patrick's Day Parade in South Boston had been canceled. "This decision is being made out of an abundance of caution to ensure that we are doing what is needed to keep the residents of Boston safe and healthy," he said. "While the risk in Boston remains low, this situation is changing very quickly and we are closely monitoring any local cases."
RuPaul's DragCon LA 2020: With no way of knowing what the situation will be in May, when RuPaul's DragCon LA was set to occur, organizers announced on March 10 that they had decided to cancel the event "out of an abundance of caution" for the talent, staff and attendees.
"No Time to Die": The release of the new James Bond movie, "No Time to Die," was pushed from April to November "after careful consideration and thorough evaluation of the global theatrical marketplace," MGM, Universal and Bond producers, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli announced on March 4.
"Mulan": Disney's "Mulan" will premiere in the United States March 27, but the company has postponed its China release.
"The Lovebirds": Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae's comedy, "The Lovebirds," was scheduled to premiere at SXSW, but now its studio, Paramount, will move its promotional efforts to Los Angeles before its April 3 release, according to The Wrap.
March Madness: NCAA executives have debated whether to limit the number of venues at which games are played during men's and women's March basketball tournaments, according to The New York Times. “The NCAA continues to assess how COVID-19 impacts the conduct of our tournaments and events," the NCAA said in a statement. "We are consulting with public health officials and our COVID-19 advisory panel, who are leading experts in epidemiology and public health, and will make decisions in the coming days." Brian Hainline, the NCAA's chief medical officer, told the Times that it was “hard to imagine” the tournaments being canceled.
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