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Major events are closing down due to concerns over COVID-19.


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The coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc. As people are ordered to stay at home and avoid contact with others, a cascade of cancellations and postponements has wiped major events off the calendar.

Disneyland and Disney World are closed. Movies from James Bond to Black Widow have been postponed. Big events such as SXSW, the E3 gaming show, the Geneva and Detroit auto shows and Mobile World Congress have all been called off. Coachella, the Cannes film fest and the Eurovision Song Contest have been hit. The NBA suspended its season, as have many more sports leagues. Formula One and Wimbledon are off too.

The latest major event to be affected: On April 15, the organizers of Gamescom 2020 said the August event will take place digitally.

Here’s how the outbreak is impacting our lives with postponements, cancellations and closures.

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  • Forthcoming films Many films and TV shows currently in production have shut down, including The Matrix 4 and several of Disney‘s live action films.
  • WonderCon Anaheim On March 12, WonderCon Anaheim, slated to take place in April, was postponed.
  • Cannes The prestigious Cannes film festival, originally scheduled for May 12 to 23, was postponed on March 19 for a later date in the summer. On April 14, festival organizers said the postponement is “no longer an option,” and that “it is clearly difficult to assume that the Festival de Cannes could be held this year in its original form.” The organizers said they’re still exploring options for this year’s event.
  • Tribeca The Tribeca Film Festival, slated to take place in April, was postponed after New York banned events with 500 or more people.
  • SXSW Sprawling tech and entertainment festival South by Southwest, slated to take place in March, was one of the first to be canceled
  • Tallinn Music Week has been rescheduled for August.
  • Broadway Broadway theaters closed on March 12.
  • Eurovision Song Contest The famously flamboyant Eurovision Song Contest, due to take place in the Netherlands in May, has been canceled.
  • EDC and Beyond Wonderland SoCal The dance music festival Beyond Wonderland SoCal, which was scheduled to take place in March, was postponed until June. EDC Las Vegas has been moved from May to instead take place on Oct. 2-4.
  • Edinburgh festivals The world’s largest arts festival, the Edinburgh Fringe, was canceled on April 1, along with the Edinburgh Art Festival, the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the Edinburgh International Festival and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. It’s the first time in over 70 years the Scottish capital won’t host the festivals in August.
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    Billie Eilish is one of the artists rescheduling a major tour.


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  • Billie Eilish As if it wasn’t enough that the Bond film for which she sang the theme tune is delayed, Billie Eilish is postponing her North American tour dates.
  • The Rolling Stones Mick Jagger and chums were supposed to continue their world tour in North America, but the Rolling Stones have postponed their summer dates from San Diego to Atlanta.
  • Madonna canceled shows in France.
  • The Foo Fighters have pushed back their 25th anniversary tour.
  • Avril Lavigne has postponed plans for European shows.
  • Slipknot has canceled shows in Japan and across Asia.
  • My Chemical Romance was forced to pull out of long-awaited reunion shows.
  • Pearl Jam has canceled a North American tour.
  • Green Day was due to tour Asia.
  • Pixies have pulled shows in Australia.
  • Action Bronson has pulled shows.
  • Mariah Carey has moved a Hawaii concert from March to November.
  • Rage Against the Machine has canceled live dates with Run the Jewels.
  • The Who has canceled shows in the UK and Ireland.
  • Camila Cabello has postponed her Romance Tour of the US and Europe.
  • Talk shows A handful of late-night shows, including The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Late Night with Seth Meyers, have shifted to virtual interviews, with hosts broadcasting from their homes.
  • The Met The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York said on March 12 that it would temporarily close.
  • Washington Monument The National Park Service has closed the famous Washington Monument.
  • White House Easter Egg Roll The Office of the First Lady canceled this year’s White House Easter Egg Roll, which was slated to take place April 13. “The health and safety of all Americans must be the first priority, especially right now,” First Lady Melania Trump said in a statement.
  • iHeartRadio Music Awards The annual awards show, slated to take place March 29, was postponed to an unspecified date. 
  • The Jonas Brothers Their April 1 to 18 residency in Las Vegas had been canceled
  • Kelly Clarkson Another Vegas disappointment: Kelly Clarkson has postponed her Las Vegas residency from April 1 to July.
  • Mandy Moore An Instagram post from Mandy Moore revealed the postponement to her tour dates.
  • Alicia Keys The singer tweeted that her More Myself book tour and new album will be postponed, though the book will still be available on March 31. 
  • Little Big Town Shows for the band’s Nightfall Tour were rescheduled to later this year and early next year. 
  • Zac Brown Band The musical act canceled their 2020 tour dates
  • VidCon The annual online video tech conference, slated to take place in Anaheim in June, was canceled
  • Academy of Country Music Awards The event was moved from April 5 to Sept. 16.
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony The event, which was slated to air on HBO in May, was rescheduled for later this year.
  • Lady Gaga The singer took to Twitter to announce she’s postponing the release of her album Chromatica.
  • Comicpalooza The comic and pop culture convention in Texas was canceled
  • Garth Brooks The country singer postponed his performances in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Cincinnati, Ohio, to June. 
  • BTS The band is rescheduling its North American tour dates, after earlier canceling its April concert dates in Seoul.
  • Harry Styles The singer rescheduled his upcoming tour in the UK and Europe to 2021.
  • Governors Ball The NYC festival, slated for June, was canceled
  • Download Festival The UK rock festival won’t be taking place this year
  • QuakeCon The annual convention held by video game investor ZeniMax Media, which was slated to take place in August, was canceled. 
  • Pokemon World Championships All sanctioned competitive events are suspended, including the June 26-28 North American International Championships and the Aug. 14-16 Pokemon World Championship finals in London.
  • Women Tech Global Conference This year’s physical San Francisco event will be replaced with a virtual one connecting “women, minorities and their allies in tech.” It’ll take place June 10-12.
  • Gamescom Organizers of the video game convention, set to take place in Germany from Aug. 25 to 29, tweeted on April 15: “Even though not all details are known at present, the nationwide ban on major events until the end of August will also affect the planning for Gamescom 2020.” Organizers added that the event will “definitely take place digitally” and that more information will come out soon.

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Several prominent industry events were canceled or revamped because of concerns over the coronavirus. They include:

CNET’s Corinne Reichert, Ben Fox Rubin, Jackson Ryan, Shara Tibken, Lynn La, Sean Szymkowski, Dara Kerr, Queenie Wong, Oscar Gonzalez, Dan Ackerman, Stephen Shankland, Chris Paukert, Erin Carson, Edward Moyer, Sean Keane, Eli Blumenthal, Richard Trenholm, Lori Grunin, Nick Hide, Ian Sherr and Shelby Brown contributed to this report. 





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