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5 Music Festivals Canceled Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic

Travel bans, business shutdowns, event and festival cancellations around the world — all due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Different organizations and businesses of all types are cancelling or postponing events for fear of the risk of infection. As the number of counties infected grows everyday, with an overwhelming number of 115,000 cases worldwide, precautions are continually being made.

Here’s a brief report of the top five music festivals postponed or cancelled as a result of the coronavirus:

1. Coachella

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival held every year in April, bringing fans from all over the world, is now postponed until October. Artists and fans alike were shocked to hear the news that one of the biggest music festivals in the world would not continue this year. Coachella will now take place Oct. 9, 10 and 11, 2020 and all tickets will be honored.

2. South by Southwest Festival

One of the biggest festivals in tech, music and business has been cancelled for the first time since it began 34 years ago. The Austin, Texas-based festival, held every March, cancelled the event after big-name companies such as Twitter, TikTok, Facebook and Apple withdrew from attending and fears heightened. Due to the lack of event insurance covering disease, SXSW has not only laid off a third of their staff, but will not be providing refunds to customers. Although there will be no refunds, tickets purchased will be honored as registration for 2021, 2022 or 2023.

3. Ultra Music Festival

Miami’s Ultra Music Festival also cancelled for the first time ever. The three-day EDM music festival, which was headlining artists including the likes of Flume, Zedd, Major Lazer and Kygo, will continue in 2021 and all tickets will be honored at next year’s festival events.

4. Stagecoach

Goldenvoice, the same company that puts on Coachella, has also issued that Stagecoach be postponed to October 2020, advised by the County of Riverside and local health authorities. The well-known country festival is rescheduled for Oct. 23, 24 and 25, 2020 and all tickets will be honored for those dates. Refunds will be available for those unable to attend.

5. Houston Stock Show and Rodeo

Houston hosts one of the largest rodeos on the world every year that runs from
February through March. This past week, the city of Houston and Harris County cancelled the remaining dates of the rodeo, declaring a health emergency.

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