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Coronavirus forces multiple cancellations

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World News
February 21, 2020

NUMEROUS CONCERTS have been cancelled due to an outbreak of Coronavirus, which at the time of going to print, is reported to have claimed over 1,868 lives in China and spread to more than 20 countries.

Cases have also been confirmed in the Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, South Korea, US, UK and Vietnam.

Among the Asian acts to have cancelled or postponed shows is South Korean group Seventeen.

The band was forced to pull-out their Ode To You world tour through February and March, and was due to visit Malaysia, Taiwan, Spain, France the UK and Germany.

The group’s agency Pledis Entertainment says, “As the health and safety of the artiste, audience and staff is our top priority, we made this decision to prevent any potential harm, thereby, we regret to announce that the world tour dates for February and March will be cancelled.”

In China, Japanese group Suchmos were forced to cancel performances at Modern Sky Lab (cap. 1,200) in Shanghai, Tango Live 3F (1,500) in Beijing and B10 Live in Shenzhen, taking place in February.

Promoter Modern Sky released a statement saying, “With a responsibility for the health and safety of viewers and artistes, we finally decided to cancel … we are already in consultations to reschedule.”

Customers have been automatically refunded through the ticket platforms they used.

Live Nation Entertainment-owned promoter One Production has cancelled multiple shows in Singapore during February, including K-pop singer Taeyeon and South Korean boy group GOT7, both at Singapore Indoor Stadium (12,000), and NCT Dream and Winner Cross Tour, both at The Star Theatre (5,000). Refunds have been issued.

Promoters in other parts of South-East Asia have not experienced as many cancellations, but have voiced their concerns about the impact on the Asian market as a whole, and its economies.

In Thailand, Live Nation BEC-Tero CEO Neil Thompson says, “Thailand has been hit economically, even though the feared outbreak has not arrived here. Local concerts and festivals are continuing and people are going out, but taking the suggested precautions on board.

“Maya Music Festival went ahead as planned with over 10,000 in attendance and featuring Kodaline, Lany, Suede, Alan Walker, Illenium and Re3Hab. We are hopeful that the threat will not worsen and that life will return to normal in the coming weeks.”

“The Coronavirus situation is putting a large dent into the concert scene all over Asia at the moment, which is hurting the industry at this point in time, but we certainly hope that it gets resolved soon,” says Tommy Jinho Yoon, CEO of South Korea-based International Creative Agency.

Among western artistes to take action is Stormzy, who has postponed the Asian leg of his tour.

He had been due to play Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia in March, as well as Japan, South Korea and Indonesia in March-April.

The Pixies have also cancelled three shows in China in February and March, but are still touring Japan, while X Ambassadors have cancelled two February dates of their The Orion Tour in Chengdu and Shanghai, China

Kenny G, 98 Degrees and Spandau Ballet singer Tony Hadley have also postponed upcoming dates in Singapore.

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