Similar to the domino effect, events are getting cancelled or postponed across the globe as the coronavirus pandemic grows. This hasn’t stopped bands from touring as we have quite a few tours such as Dragonforce (happening now), along with the upcoming Decibel Magazine tour with Mayhem & Abbath as well as Insomnium’s trek, which are both scheduled to kick off at the end of this week. While many shows planned in late March/April and beyond looks like they are still on, the best we can do is play everything by ear while realistically expecting anything and everything to change daily. This morning we heard Coachella is in talks on being pushed to this fall as Pearl Jam, Suicide Silence, and more have cancelled shows. As we continue to update cancellations, there are also bands such as Magnum essentially telling the virus to “fuck off” and continue with their planned tour.
We collected the latest involving cancellations from artists Nightwish and Poppy as well as festival updates such as Roadburn addressing the uncertainty, Magnum’s upcoming tour, and more.
Nightwish cancelled their scheduled shows in China:
we have unfortunately made the difficult decision to postpone our upcoming shows in China due the outbreak of
the coronavirus disease. We’ll be announcing new dates for October very soon. All previous tickets sold for the postponed tour dates remain valid for the new dates and refunds are also available at points of purchase.
– Tuomas, Floor, Kai, Emppu, Troy & Marko”
Poppy is forced to cancel her upcoming UK & European tour:
“Due to several local governments in Europe shutting down live engagements, I am being forced to postpone the UK and EU leg of my I disagree tour. All tickets will remain valid and new dates announced as soon as possible.”
Poland’s Mystic Festival, which includes headliners Judas Priest and Nightwish, has addressed the issue:
“We are continuously monitoring the current health state of affairs and paying close attention to the guidelines provided by the public health and safety departments in Poland. The cancellation of mass events that has been declared by the Prime Minister, refers only to the current events and we still don’t know when it will be revoked but we have a positive outlook.
Meanwhile the preparations for Mystic Festival 2020 are in constant progress and all the announced artists confirmed their appearances in Krakow.
We encourage you to follow our festival page and social media channels, so that you can be up to date with all the information concerning Mystic Festival 2020.”
Roadburn organizers issued the following statement on the uncertainty:
“We are aware that there are a lot of people feeling unsure about travel plans for the upcoming weeks, including those who will be traveling to Tilburg for Roadburn. The most recent information from the authorities in Brabant – which includes Tilburg – is that events of over 1000 people will be cancelled only until March 16.
This does NOT have an impact on our plans for Roadburn Festival 2020. As of the time of writing, ROADBURN WILL GO AHEAD AS PLANNED. Our incredible production team is hard at work advancing the details of over 100 performances; no bands have indicated that they cannot or will not attend and we are continuing as always. We will follow any and all advice given to use by local and national government agencies, and the moment that their guidelines have an impact on Roadburn, we will let you know.
Whilst we will do our best to answer questions, please bear with us – as ever – we are extremely busy in the final weeks before the festival. We can’t necessarily answer questions relating to hypothetical situations without external guidance. Our thoughts are with all those who are unwell, have lost loved ones, or otherwise find themselves affected by the current situation.
– Walter, Becky & everyone at Roadburn/013”
Magnum plan to tour as scheduled for their UK & European run:
“A statement regarding the impact of Covid-19 on the forthcoming tour
Let’s get this right out there:
The band are NOT going to cancel the tour.
We’ve been in rehearsal for 3 weeks now. We’re all in excellent health. Dennis has been fitting in fantastically and we’re looking forward to playing our new material for the first time to as many people as possible.
We are contractually obliged to play every single show and we intend to do so.
We’d urge every fan and indeed every human being around the world to not fall into the trap of allowing fear and misinformation surrounding the virus to prevent them from living their lives to the fullest.
If a band with an average age of nearly 60 are chomping at the bit to get on a tour bus and go and play our hearts out for 3 months solid we sincerely hope that you’re not too afraid to come out and see us! Pack these venues out and show us what Magnum fans are made of.
See you on the road.
Bob, Tony, Rick, Lee, Dennis and all the crew”
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