PublishedTue, 22 Dec 2020, 17:20
- Everything we know about how COVID-19 (the disease caused by the novel coronavirus) is affecting the electronic music scene.
Here's a summary of the global impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic, officially specified as COVID-19, on festivals, clubs, promoters and the electronic music scene at large.Find ways to help the community and resources for artists and promoters here.
For the latest on various countries' multi-stage plans to reopen clubs, music festivals and venues along with the rest of economy, see our global round up here.
Last updated: 18:19 PM GMT December 22nd
• Berlin festival CTM is going online for its 2021 edition. This year's theme is "Transformation," with slots for Nene H, Bored Lord, Mary Anne Hobbs, Deena Abdelwahed and many more.
• New Leeds festival Newsam Park Open Air is "going to happen on July 10th," according to the organisers. The team, which also runs local venue Mint Warehouse, claims to be the first festival in the UK to offer rapid testing onsite. Lineup highlights include Sven Vath, Jamie Jones and Moodymann.
• Kyiv club Closer is fundraising in order to survive the next five months and stay open beyond the pandemic. The team has so far raised nearly €22,000 of its €34,000 goal.
• Australian festival Pitch Music & Arts will not take place in 2021. Instead, the team will recreate the event's beloved Pitch Black stage at an open-air venue in Melbourne. Taking place on March 6th, the party will include sets from CC:DISCO!, DJ BORING and DJ Seinfeld.
•Decibel Open Air plans to return to Visarno Arena in Florence next September, with Amelie Lens, Ben Klock, Richie Hawtin and more already confirmed.
• New Order have announced a one-off homecoming show at Manchester's Heaton Park on Friday, September 10th, 2021. Hot Chip and Working Men's Club have been tapped to support.
• Lausanne nightclub MAD has reopened as a blood donation centre, Reuters reports. The club has been shut for almost ten months, and manager Igor Blaska said he was happy to reopen the space—which has been a club for over 30 years—for the new purpose. DJs play music as nurses draw blood from patients.
• The BPM Festival has unveiled its lineup for 2021 in Costa Rica, featuring Ricardo Villalobos, Dubfire, Loco Dice, Nicole Moudaber, Skream, Luciano, Apollonia, Sonja Moonear and more. The festival goes down from March 3rd through 7th in Tamarindo. For the full lineup, check out the event listing.
• We Out Here, the UK festival by Gilles Peterson, plans to return in August 2021, running from the 19th through 22nd. A few names have already been confirmed, including Call Super, SHERELLE, DJ Paulette and Overmono.
• Manchester's Parklife Festival has confirmed its 2021 dates, moving to September (11th & 12th) to give itself a better chance of happening. The lineup is still TBA.
• London club Egg is trying to raise £200,000 under the #Savenightlife campaign in a bid to stay open. The York Way spot, which opened 17 years ago, is offering rewards such as merch, backstage access and VIP tables.
• Albanian beach festival Unum has confirmed its dates for 2021, running from July 3rd through 7th.
• The German government will increase funding for the cultural arts in 2021, topping the last sum, paid out earlier this year, by €155 million. There will be €2.1 billion available—the largest amount in history—split between more than 100 projects and organisations nationwide. The bill, which still needs approval from the upper house in parliament, is expected to be ratified on January 1st.
• Berlin festival Krake is celebrating ten years in December with three days of music, live audiovisual shows, the launch of Krake TV and a call-in talkshow, all presented via the internet. Highlights include Helena Hauff, Roza Terenzi and DJ Stingray. Find out more here.
• The Maiden Voyage festival, taking place next August at a TBD London park, has revealed its lineup including DJ Harvey, DJ Sprinkles, Kampire, Roy Ayers, Red Axes, Omar S, Donato Dozzy, Tama Sumo, Young Marco back-to-back Antal and more. Check out the event listing for the full roster.
• Nachtiville, the revived festival from the team behind the now-defunct Nachtdigital, has been postponed to 2022. The event was set to take place on Germany's Baltic coast in January 2021.
• Amsterdam festival Dekmantel has announced Dekmantel Connects, a ten-day virtual event taking place from December 14th through 23rd. Split into seven sections, the whole programme, which focusses on The Netherlands, is free, spanning DJ and live sets, workshops, panels, films and more. This will be supported by a run of editorial pieces. For more info, including the lineup, head here.
• London festival Junction 2 is also hosting a virtual event, this time in January. The six-hour livestream, dubbed Junction 2: Connections, will take place on Saturday the 9th, with the likes of Ben Klock, Floorplan, Dixon, Peach and LSDXOXO broadcast live from Berlin, London and Detroit.
• Away from the virtual space, festivals are starting to confirm their 2021 dates, including Batu's En Masse, ION, the Albanian event from the Junction 2 team, and Krankbrother's Naked City in London.
• Stocks surged following news on a promising vaccine trial carried out by the drugmaker Pfizer. The company revealed minimal, preliminary data from its clinical trial, but stated a potential vaccine—developed with German firm BioNTech—showed 90 percent effectiveness preventing coronavirus among volunteers who showed no sign of previous infection.
Shares in airlines, shopping malls, and other businesses that stand to benefit from a vaccine and eventual reopening surged. These included stocks related to live music, Billboard reported, a sector that has been hammered by global shutdowns. Live Nation was up nearly 21 points, while the German concert promoter CTS Eventim saw its share price rise 23.5% to $51.90. Meanwhile, "stay-at-home" stocks like Zoom Video lost value. Zoom dropped 17.4% with the likes of Amazon and Netflix experiencing smaller losses.
• German researchers have revealed findings from an indoor concert staged to measure the spread of coronavirus in indoor venues. The test concert was held in Leipzig with volunteers who were tested for the virus and given temperature checks prior to participating.
Over the course of ten hours, volunteers in the study took part in different scenarios gauging the spread of aerosols in instances of strict social distancing, a "checkerboard" distancing formation and no social distancing. The study also measured aerosol exposure with varying levels of ventilation as well as bathroom breaks and visits to food and drink vendors.
"There is no argument for not having such a concert," said Dr. Michael Gekle, one of the scientists who conducted the study, adding that the risk of infection is very low. The study, which has not been peer reviewed, also has vocal skeptics, reports The New York Times.
Paul Linden, a professor of fluid mechanics at the University of Cambridge, stated the study's computer modeling did not take factors such as heat rising from an audience or indoor air turbulence into consideration and that it was difficult to pinpoint the impact of ventilation and naturally occurring airflow patterns on the study's findings.
Regardless, the team behind the study has made recommendations for live events including installation of new ventilation technology, compulsory mask usage and multiple entrances for attendees. Check out the study here.
• On Saturday, October 31st, the UK prime minister Boris Johnson ordered another nationwide lockdown as cases of Covid-19 continue to surge. All pubs, bars and restaurants must close from Thursday, November 5th until at least December 2nd, which will put a stop to venues hosting seated events with DJs and live acts.
• Switzerland has ordered all nightclubs closed amid surging cases. In June, the European country appeared to have COVID-19 contained, with dwindling daily cases. Today, Switzerland reported 8,616 new infections, roughly 0.1% of the country's population, leading to the new limited-lockdown measures.
Nightclubs will be closed, with public gatherings limited to 50 people or less. Sporting and cultural activities with more than 15 attendees are now banned. Bars will now close at 11 PM. For the time being, restaurants and retail outlets will remain open. Switzerland will also implement an extensive testing program, with new regulations to stay in place indefinitely.
In recent months, the Swiss dance music scene has been running on a tentative basis, with DJs and live acts traveling in for gigs in cities like Basel, Zürich, Geneva and Bern.
• In Berlin, 11 bars may now stay open as late as they like after winning a ruling in the administrative court regarding the recent curfew, introduced on October 9th. The curfew, the city's first since WW2, forced all bars and restaurants to shut between 11 PM and 6 AM. The 11 exemptions, which include Bar am Ufer, Aseven and Das Klo, are still forbidden from serving alcohol past 11 PM. The Berlin Senate is appealing the court's decision.
• Amidst a spike in cases, Dutch authorities have instituted sweeping measures affecting nightlife. Music venues and theaters in the Netherlands will operate at maximum 30 capacity, with a limit of four people per party. Public alcohol consumption is now banned between 8 PM and 7 AM. In a press conference October 13th, Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte stated nightclubs must remain closed until a vaccine hits the market.
In light of these measures, the Dutch Performing Arts Fund will add extra funding to their Stage Start Scheme, aimed at supporting small-to-medium sized venues. The fund has earmarked €6.5 million for venue programming and reasonable wages for staff. It will also give venues struggling with drastically-reduced capacity up to €1,500 euros a day to make up for a shortfall in ticket sales. (Via IQ Magazine.) Venues like Het Magazijn have made statements on the forced closures.
• The promoters behind a controversial Chainsmokers concert held in
Southampton, New York will be fined $20,000, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced via Twitter today. The official press release stated the Department Of Health charged "In the Know Experiences" for "holding a non-essential gathering and failure to enforce mask wearing." The event also exceeded the maximum number of attendees allowable through the promoter's special events application, with 2,150 in attendance and a "friends and family" section where mask-wearing was not required.
• Scotland has closed bars, restaurants and pubs in the central belt, including Glasgow and Edinburgh, and banned the sale of alcohol inside those establishments elsewhere for 16 days, the BBC and Guardian report. First minister Nicola Sturgeon said the measures are a "short, sharp action to arrest a worrying increase in infection" as there have been 1,054 new reported cases of Covid-19 in Scotland in the last 24 hours.
• Berlin has imposed a new curfew on all bars and restaurants in the German capital. Those establishments must close between the hours of 11 PM and 6 AM, while petrol stations will be banned from selling alcohol during those hours. Four of the city's 12 districts have been declared high-risk zones, and Berlin mayor Michael Mueller said this latest action was necessary in order to prevent a full-on lockdown.
• Scotland's Terminal V Festival, going down on Easter Weekend 2021, has announced its lineup including Ben UFO, Derrick Carter, Avalon Emerson, Honey Dijon, Richie Hawtin, Shanti Celeste, Lena Willikens and more. For the full lineup, check out the event listing.
• All bars in Paris will close starting on Tuesday, October 6th, following a sharp rise in Covid-19 infections in people between 20-30 years of age. Establishments whose "main activity is serving food" will be allowed to stay open as long as they provide hand sanitizer at every table, limit groups to six and take the name and phone number of diners for contact tracing purposes. The Paris region has been declared on "maximum alert," which also brings temporary restrictions on gatherings, the purchase of alcohol and music in public places.
• After holding off announcing due to Northern Ireland's new restrictions on music and dancing, AVA Festival has now confirmed dates for its next edition: May 28th and 29rd, 2021.
• Marrakech's Beat Hotel has cancelled its next festival planned for March 2021. The event was initially postponed back in March 2020 as the pandemic intensified.
• Berlin's senate enacted new measures Tuesday in an attempt to slow the spread of Covid-19. Read the full story here.
• England's new restrictions, which go further than last week's introduction of a 10 PM curfew, include placing an 85-decibel limit on music in pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes or the businesses face a £1,000 fine. (Unlike Northern Ireland's new rules, this does not also apply to live music performances.) These establishment could also face a fine for "allowing dancing." Read the full report here.
• Dimensions has revealed the lineup for its 2021 festival taking place next July in Tisno, Croatia. Artists booked include Ash Lauryn, D. Tiffany, Nicolas Lutz, Zip, Pearson Sound, DJ Stingray, DVS1, CCL, Marcellus Pittman, Evan Baggs and more. For the full lineup and info, check out the event listing.
• Belfast's AVA Festival has delayed its 2021 lineup announcement this week as Northern Ireland banned live music, DJs and dancing for an undisclosed period of time. "Our priority today is making sure you know what is going on, and asking for you to support the sector and write to your local MLA/MP," the team wrote on Facebook, "The longstanding impact that these regulations will have across venues, bars, restaurants, festivals and beyond is massive. A whole generation of skilled professionals in music and the arts potentially wiped out." Read the local music industry's reaction to the ban on Complete Music Update.
• Brighton Music Conference is going digital for this year's edition, which takes place this week, October 1st and 2nd. Organisers are making the conference free to all—sign up for passes on BMC's website. The programme features the likes of Carl Cox, DJ Paulette, NTIA and Faithless's Sister Bliss, as well as representatives from the NTIA, Black Bandcamp, Help Musicians and more. The conference is also partnering with the international campaign #WeMakeEvents, which advocated for events industries hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.
• France has introduced strict new measures in 11 cities, including Paris, to combat the spread of Covid-19, the Guardian reports. These include a ban on gatherings of more than 1,000 people, a 10 PM curfew for bars (but not restaurants) and a ban on recreational events such as weddings, festivals and student parties. 4,304 people have admitted to hospital with the virus in the last seven days.
• Italy's Terraforma festival has confirmed the first names for its 2021 edition, with slots for Autechre, Paquita Gordon and more. It'll run from July 2nd through 4th at Villa Arconati.
• London's Junction 2 festival has announced it will go forward next year, taking place from June 4th through June 5th. Names announced include Avalon Emerson, Ben Klock, Maceo Plex, Set Troxler, Robert Hood and more. For the full lineup, check out the event listing here.
• Nyege Nyege has postponed the dual in-person and digital festival it had planned for September 3rd through 6th citing the growing number of COVID-19 cases in Uganda. It is now set for December 3rd through 6th at a TBA venue. It will still cohost the digital East African Music Conference with Midem this week, on September 3rd on 4th.
• Glasgow's Riverside is joining festivals like Dekmantel in announcing their acts for their 2021 edition. Now set to take place from May 28th through 30th after postponing the 2020 event, Riverside is already revealing headliners, including Disclosure. Find more information here.
• Swiss festival Caprices has confirmed the lineups for Modernity, its two-weekend event in September with the likes of Ricardo Villalobos, Sonja Moonear and Mathew Jonson heading to Crans-Montana. Capacity is limited to 1000 people per stage.
• Earlier this week, Italian and Spanish officials ordered all clubs, venues and party spaces to close as cases of COVID-19 are on the rise again in both countries. In Italy, new cases this past week were more than double those of three weeks ago, while the median age of the people infected has dropped below 40. Read more here.
• Vietnam's EPIZODE festival has announced more artists for its next edition running December 29th, 2020, though January 10th, 2021. See the announcement here.
• The BPM Festival has cancelled it first edition in Malta, originally planned for mid-September, due to an increase in COVID-19 cases in Malta. Escape 2 The Island, Rhythm + Waves and Mi Casa Festival were also affected by the Maltese Tourism Authority's decision.
• The "Save Our Stages Act" has been introduced in the US Senate, Rolling Stone reports. It would provide a grant of either 45 percent of operating costs up to $12 million for six months, and would "ensure that relief funds only go to small, independent venue operators, promoters and talent reps." It also opens the door to future, related grants after the initial six-month period.
• LA talent giant Creative Artists Agency (CAA) laying off 90 employees and furloughing 275, largely in the music and sports division, Deadline reports. CAA's electronic music roster includes a wide-range of artists from the likes of Kraftwerk, Daft Punk and Kylie Minogue. The agency has also represented the likes of Henry Wu for touring outside North America. In April, the agency made pay cuts due to the pandemic.
• Serbia's EXIT Festival has been postponed again as the country's COVID-19 situation becomes less stable. The festival moved from July to late August after the government requested it take place this season, and then earlier in July, capacity was cut to 90 percent as the number of reported coronavirus cases began to rise. Now, the next edition will take place in 2021 and EXIT's already named the first acts on the lineup.
• We Are FSTVL's flagship UK edition will not place in 2020, the Barking & Dagenham Post reports. The event was originally postponed from May until September, when it was due to take place at Central Park in Greater London.
• London venue Village Underground has converted its East London location into a bicycle storage space and repair shop.
• After the Serbian prime minister urged EXIT festival to go ahead with its August event at 50 percent capacity (an outlier to other countries' regulations), IQ reports the festival has cut its capacity by 90 percent due to a recent spike of COVID-19 infections in the country. Since the end of June, the reported daily number of cases in Serbia increased from under 100 per day to more than 300 each day.
• The BPM Festival will host an edition in Malta for the first time this September 11th through 13th, sharing the first wave of its 2020 lineup. Malta has seen fewer than 700 reported cases of COVID-19 and nine deaths. Travel into Malta is currently restricted to a short list of countries, and those travelling in from those permitted countries will not have to quarantine. See Malta's latest tourism and travel information here.
• Vietnam's EPIZODE festival has confirmed it is hosting an edition at the end of this year, from December 29th to January 10th, 2021. It's already shared the first artists set to play the event on its website. Vietnam has seen 369 reported cases of COVID-19 with no deaths. See Vietnam's official travel site for more information.
• Croatia's BSH Island Festival is choosing to go ahead next month, IQ magazine reports. It'll take place from July 9th to 12th at Zrce beach, following required "epidemiological measures." Croatia has eased its travel and movement restrictions. The country has seen more than 2,750 cases of COVID-19 with under 110 deaths.
• New York venue Nowadays will reopen its outdoor space starting Wednesday, July 1st, as the city moves into Phase 2 of reopening. The club, which is currently hosting nightly livestreams, is asking for continued financial support via their Patreon. Brooklyn's Elsewhere has also opened its rooftop, allowing a capacity of 50 people on a first-come, first-serve basis. A new open-air livestream series, "Sunstreams," will also take place weekly outside the venue's regular hours. House Of Yes also plans to reopen, with more details in its newsletter.
• Prague club Ankali is reopening this weekend for its Antivirus A all-local weekender. "Hopefully this won't be only a temporary relief, and we will make sure all safety measures will be in place," the club says.
• Brussels venue Fuse has announced an open-air series at sister space Tour & Taxis (with social-distancing measures) while nightclubs are required to remain closed until September 1st. The series starts on July 9th.
• French festival Sarcus announced it will go ahead this September 18th and 19th as it revealed its 2020 lineup. France's ban on 5,000-capacity or larger events ends on September 1st.
• Mindgames has cancelled Labyrinth's 2020 festival. Read the full statement here. Last year's Labyrinth was cut short by one day due to a super typhoon.
• Chancellor Angela Merkel and the leaders of Germany's 16 states have agreed to extend their current ban on large events from August 31st until at least the end of October. The agreement leaves some room for exceptions, but only if the event in question can ensure contact tracing and meet necessary hygiene regulations.
• After rumors emerged earlier this week, Coachella's 2020 edition has officially been cancelled, reported the Los Angeles Times. The official statement came from Riverside County public health officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser, who stated that due to health risks, Coachella will not return to Empire Polo Grounds until 2021 at the earliest. (A postponed edition of Coachella 2020 was meant to start October 9th.) Kaiser referenced California Governor Gavin Newsom's four-step plan for reopening the state. Music festivals and concerts are included in phase four, meaning they won't be permitted to resume until the existence of a treatment for coronavirus.AEG, the parent company of Coachella (as well as London's All Points East and Stagecoach), announced significant layoffs furloughs and pay cuts affecting all company divisions.
• Hong Kong's Minh Club reopens tonight with various social-distancing measures in place.
• Serbia's Prime Minister Ana Brnabic has urged Exit Festival to occur in some capacity this August—a move counter to most other countries' actions and advice.
• Münster venue Coconut Beach hosted what might have been the first socially distanced dance party in Europe in months on Thursday, May 21st, albeit with a high ticket price and bizarre rules. Learn more how they planned the event and set the hefty ticket price here.
• Honcho's summer festival Honcho Campout has been postponed until 2021.
• Dutch festival Le Guess Who? has postponed its 2020 edition. Its 2021 event has been scheduled for November 11th through 14th in Utrecht.
• Japan has ended a month-long state of emergency for most of the country, but the struggle isn't over for nightlife venues—read Nyshka Chandran's report.
• Some Berlin clubs, including Sisyphos, are reopening today as afternoon beer gardens operating with a food license. There will be music but strict no-dancing rules, and most of the bars will close around 10 PM, according to the Berliner Zeitung. ://about blank has also plans to partially reopen, though details on that are still under wraps.
• Helsinki's Flow Festival has been postponed until 2021.
• New Taipei club Pawnshop, which has been closed since March 19th, is reopening this weekend with a two-part celebration.
• Barcelona's Off Week has been postponed until 2021, with an aim to carry over the 2020 lineup.
• Barcelona festival Primavera Sound has been postponed until 2021.
• Portgual's Afrobeat festival Afro National has been postponed to 2021 with the lineup already announced.
• South Korea, which had relaxed social-distancing guidelines Wednesday, May 6th, after effectively stamping out COVID-19, will close all nightlife establishments after a spike in infections. It's now reporting 40 new coronavirus cases in Seoul, with many of these cases linked to nightclubs in the Itaewon district where some clubs reopened the weekend of April 24th.
• Barcelona's Sónar and its adjacent event OFFSónar have been postponed until 2021.
• London's historic Notting Hill Carnival has been cancelled for the first time in its 54-year run, Evening Standard reports. A statement from organisers reads: "We are working towards an alternate NHC 2020 that we hope will bring the carnival spirit to people from the safety of their homes, and make them feel connected and engaged."
• After a last-minute cancellation in 2019, the Craig Richards-curated UK festival Houghton has been called off again this year.
• Stockholm's Norbergfestival has been cancelled for 2020. The next edition will take place July 8th through 10th, 2021.
• Ireland's Roadmap For Reopening Society & Business may be the first government coronavirus recovery plan to specifically address music festivals. Learn more about the country's five-stage transition here.
• UK festivals like Wireless, Boomtown, Latitude, Lovebox and more have called off their 2020 editions, IQ reports.
• Spain will allow some "cultural events" to take place starting this month. Read more about the country's plan to phase out of lockdown and what local promoters think about it here.
• Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago has been cancelled.
• Oslo club Jaeger plans to reopen from Wednesday, May 6th. It'll be "observing the new COVID-19 guidelines for Oslo and Norway," which includes people being able to remain one metre apart.
• Turin's Kappa FuturFestival has been postponed until July 3rd and 4th, 2021.
• Yaeji has postponed the rest of her WHAT WE DREW 우리가 그려왔던 tour until 2021.
• Italian festival Terraforma has been postponed from this June 26th to 28th until July 2nd to 4th, 2021. In the meantime the sustainability-focused team will "start a biennial project of reforestation of the land hosting our campsite where more than 100 trees will be planted... developed in collaboration with Space Caviar and is inspired by Cesare Leonardi's legendary script The Architecture Of Trees."
• Tokyo's Shibuya district venues Vuenos, Lounge Neo and Glad will close on May 31st. Read more about the closures and crowdfunding campaign on RA Japan.
• Balance - Club / Culture Festival will no longer take place at venues across Leipzig. Instead, the team will host an online edition with "DJ sets, lectures, multimedia contributions, workshops, artist talks and audiovisual works" on their website from May 20th to 24th.
• Croatian venue The Garden Resort has postponed all upcoming events until next year, affecting Outlook, Dimensions, Dekmantel Selectors, Love International, SuncéBeat, Defected Croatia and Hospitality On The Beach.
• UK events production agency Loud Sound has been accused of poor training and management at its emergency morgues, where it's also requiring employees to sign NDAs, the Guardian reports.
• Record Store Day has been postponed again and instead expanded to three Saturdays—August 29th, September 26th and October 24th—with a focus on exclusive release "drops" over in-store events.
• Milan's Saturnalia Festival, which takes place annually at Macao, isn't happening in 2020. The team has produced an audio documentary of the 2018 edition, available now via Bandcamp.
• London venue Studio 338 has revealed its reopening programme for whenever the coronavirus crisis is over. It'll host ten weeks' worth of parties locked in at TBD dates, with slots for popular promoters such as Rinse, Space Ibiza, R&S Records, Sankeys, Toolroom, Idiot Savant and Home. Ten percent of all profits will go to Cavell Nurses' Trust.
• Clubs in China have been given the green light to reopen after lockdowns have been lifted, however, but a return to normalcy remains far off. Read Nyshka Chandran's in-depth report, in which she talks to venue owners, staffers and DJs from Chengdu, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Beijing, published today.
• The Irish taoiseach (prime minister) Leo Varadkar announced the government will not consider approving permits on events with 5,000 people or more until after August 31st. Festivals Longitude, All Together Now, Life Festival, Body & Soul and Sunstroke have since been called off, IQ reports, with Electric Picnic's chances "looking like a long shot."
• Key clubs in Seoul—like FAUST, vurt, MODECi, Beton Brut+Concrete Bar and Volnost—are reopening this weekend after shuttering for about two months.
• Finland has extended its ban on 500+-capacity events to July 31st.
• Following the Dutch government's extension to its public events ban, Amsterdam's Dekmantel Festival has been forced to postpone until 2021.
• Bass Coast Festival in British Columbia, Canada, has postponed until 2021.
• The Netherlands has extended its ban on public events until August 31st, joining other European nations like Denmark. Germany currently holds a nationwide ban on clubs, theaters and cultural sites until July 31st. Events with 5,000 people or more are banned until October 24th. [This bullet point has been clarified from an earlier version.]
• Polifonic has postponed the first edition of its Milan festival, due to take place in early June, until 2021.
• Unsound 2020 will have a discourse-focused programme that'll be completely livestreamed.
• Germany's WHOLE - United Queer Festival has been cancelled for 2020. In a statement today, organizers said they need €100,000 in order to keep the festival alive and are asking ticket buyers to consider donating their ticket. They've also launched a crowdfunding campaign—support it here.
• Ibiza promoter The Night League, which runs sister superclubs Hï and Ushuaïa, has ruled out opening in May. It's still unclear how the season will unfold on the White Isle. Read more about the potential impact on the Ibiza economy here.
• Lyon festival Nuits Sonores, which was scheduled to take place from July 22nd through 26th, has postponed this year's edition for a second time after France extended its ban on large-scale events until mid-July. Next month, the team will confirm a new 2020 date or postpone the event until 2021.
• Earlier today, the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, extended the ban on all major events—concerts, festivals, football matches etc.—until August 31st. The country's federal system means each state will decide its own restrictions, including the size of the events. It's unclear whether this will affect nightclubs.
• Belgium's Dour Festival has been postponed from mid-July this year until 2021.
• Nevada desert festival Burning Man has cancelled is 2020 edition, planned for August 30th through September 7th. In lieu, they'll hold an online edition by building a virtual Black Rock City. Find more information on how to participate here.
• London's Cross The Tracks Festival has cancelled its 2020 edition in June. The organisers say it'll return in 2021, with a portion of free tickets going to NHS staff.
• In London, Southbank Centre's Meltdown festival, which this year was curated by Grace Jones, has been postponed until 2021. The whole lineup, including Solange, Baaba Maal and Jones herself, will remain the same.
• Danish festival Roskilde has been postponed to 2021 after the Danish government extended its ban on events through August 30th.
• En Masse, the new Welsh festival curated by Batu, has postponed this year's inaugural edition until June 11th through 13th, 2021.
• This year's edition of Lente Kabinet, the Amsterdam festival run by the Dekmantel crew, has been cancelled. However, the bulk of its lineup has been transferred to a new one-day event in September called Zomer Kabinet. It'll go down on Saturday, the 5th, at the same venue, Het Twiske.
• LWE's London festival Junction 2 has been postponed until June 2021.
• About 15-20 Tribal Gathering festivalgoers are still stuck in Panama City after the country went into lockdown during the event, which ran from February 29th through March 15th in Colón, Crack reports.
• Bulgarian festival Meadows In The Mountains has postponed its tenth anniversary edition until 2021.
• Albania's week-long Kala Festival has been postponed from mid-June until September 9th through 16th.
• Iceland's Secret Solstice festival, planned for June 26th through 28th, has been postponed until 2021.
• London venue the Barbican has extended its closure period until June 30th, 2020.
• The Swiss government has announced a relief grant for the cultural sector worth 280 million CHF as part of a 32 billion CHF government package. All major clubs (including Hive, Audio, Zukunft, Nordstern and more) have closed as country went into lockdown from March 14th.
• In Japan, DJ Nobu, Mars89 and others have launched a petition in support of their bid for club compensation from the government. More than 300,000 people, including Ryuichi Sakamoto, have already signed.
• Primavera Sound, one of Europe's most popular music festivals, has postponed this year's edition from June until August. The event will still take place at Parc del Fòrum in Barcelona.
• Belfast's AVA Festival has postponed this year's edition.
• UK festival Gottwood has postponed this year's edition until June 2021.
• After the Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike "requested" residents remain home this weekend, several clubs have temporarily closed (WOMB until April 2nd; Contact until the 6th; ageHa until the 25th) or called off this weekend's events (Circus Tokyo, Azumaya, Solfa, EN-SOF, R Lounge, Spread and more).
• East London festival All Points East has cancelled its upcoming third edition, with the main event planned for the late May bank holiday weekend.
• Manchester festival Parklife has been cancelled for 2020.
• Seoul venue vurt has closed until further notice.
• Milan Design Week has been postponed from April 21st to 26th until June 16th to 21st.
• Loom Festival in Barcelona has been postponed.
• New York festival Governor's Ball has been cancelled.
• In Japan, DJ Nobu and several volunteers (who wish to remain anonymous) have appealed directly to the Chief Cabinet Secretary, Yoshihide Suga, in a bid to secure financial compensation for the many clubs and venues suffering due to the coronavirus. This follows yesterday's meeting between Nobu and co. and three Japanese politicians: Akira Koike, Yoshiko Kira and Manabu Terada. No decision has yet been reached.
• Ibiza's business leaders are trying to push this year's party season back to November, Diario De Ibiza reports. The #moveyourspring campaign urges people to postpone their holidays instead of cancelling them altogether. According to El Mundo, summer tourism brings around €770 million to the island and accounts for 35 percent of jobs.
• The Netherlands has banned gatherings of more than three people until June 1st.
• DGTL Amsterdam, set to for April 11th and 12th, has been cancelled.
• Shanghai club Elevator reopened last weekend. It'll open from 9 PM on weekends for the time being, with strict new sanitation guidelines in place.
• UK enters lockdown.
• Rainbow Disco Club are hosting a livestream event on April 18th, the day its now-cancelled festival was supposed to take place, from the festival site in Chubu. The lineup features DJ Nobu, Kenji Takimi, Yoshinori Hayashi and more.
• Welsh festival Freerotation has been postponed until 2021. Read the statement by founders Suzybee and Steevio.
• Lyon festival Nuits Sonores has postponed its 2020 edition from May 19th through 24th until July 22nd through 26th.
• LA-based live talent agency Paradigm lays off 100 people out of about 700 total staff.
• Tokyo club VENT closes until at least April 10th.
• Similar to the UK's decision on Friday, Australian Prime Minster Scott Morrison has announced the shutdown of all nightclubs, bars, pubs, restaurants and many other non-essential services across the country. Any non-essential domestic travel is being strongly discouraged, with Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania effectively closing their borders to travellers from other states.
• The UK government has ordered the closure of clubs, bars, pubs, restaurants, cinemas and similar public social venues in a press conference today. Chancellor Rishi Sunak said the state will cover up to 80 percent (up to £2,500 per month) of salaried workers wages. There's no word yet on a plan for freelance and contract workers.
• International Music Summit (IMS) Ibiza has been postponed until May 2021. It'll host a "virtual edition" for 2020.
• New "livestream club" KLO will hold its first event on Saturday, March 21st, from 8 PM CET. Tune in here
.• Sheffield venue Hope Works is closing until further notice.
• Movement Detroit has postponed this year's festival to September 11th through 13th. Ticketholders can attend the new dates or save their tickets for the 2021 edition.
• Urvakan Festival, which was due to go down in Yerevan in May, has been postponed after Armenia declared a state of emergency. The plan is to return with the same lineup at a later date.
• London venue Village Underground is closing until further notice.
• Donaufestival in Graz, Austria, has been cancelled. The two-weekend event was due to start on April 24th.
• Two guests at San Diego festival CRSSD, which took place at Waterfront Park across March 7th and 8th, have since tested positive for COVID-19. Read the festival's statement via Facebook.
• Chicago's smartbar has closed and has posted a fundraiser for staff affected by the crisis. Nightlight, a venue in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, has also closed and has its own GoFundMe page.
• Malmö festival Intonal is not happening in 2020. It was due to start on Thursday, April 23rd.
• The Design Museum in London has postponed its upcoming exhibition Electronic: From Kraftwerk To The Chemical Brothers, which was due to open on March 31st.
• Portugal's Festival Forte, scheduled to take place in August, has been put on hold.
• Despite optimistic signs last week, Glastonbury Festival has cancelled its 2020 edition. Tickets for this year will roll over to 2021. Full statement from Michael and Emily Eavis here.
• The team behind Mint Warehouse in Leeds is postponing all events at the club, plus its new festival, Newsam Park Open Air, until further notice.
• The Australian government has amended its ban on public gatherings of 500-plus people, now restricting any non-essential indoor gatherings to 100. The country's events industry is self-reporting financial losses of over $100 million so far, with upwards of 65,000 jobs impacted.
• The Scottish government has announced a £320 million rescue package for small businesses.
• In Manchester, The Warehouse Project and Broadwick Live have postponed eight upcoming shows at Depot Mayfield, including Patrick Topping All Night Long, 100% Joseph Capriati and Charlotte de Witte. New dates are currently being negotiated.
• London venue Printworks is closing and has postponed the rest of this season's events. "We're in the process of rescheduling the postponed shows to later in the year, and ask that you please bear with us—we are hoping to announce the new dates within the next seven days," reads a statement.
• London sister clubs XOYO, Phonox and The Jazz Cafe have closed until further notice.
• Manchester spot Soup Kitchen is shutting until further notice. "We have had to make the most difficult decision in our history," says the club.
• Clubcommission Berlin and Reclaim Club Culture are launching the world's "biggest digital club" on Wednesday, March 18th. Different venues around the city will host the stream, starting at 7 PM each night. As well as DJ sets and live performances, there will be discussions, presentations and films related to club culture. Viewers will be asked for voluntarily donations, which will go towards supporting the local scene in this difficult time. Head to the website for more info.
• Brighton Music Conference has been postponed from April 22nd through 25th until September 23rd through 26th.
• London's RE-TEXTURED festival has been postponed until 2021, while fabric has announced its temporary closure, joining venues The Cause, Ministry Of Sound, Tola and Egg, as well as Soho record shop Phonica, in shuttering. This comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson advised the public to avoid "non-essential contact" with people and to avoid spaces like clubs, bars, pubs and restaurants. More on what's happening in London here.
• Slam's upcoming events in Glasgow, educational programme Soma Skool and party Maximum Pressure, due to take place on March 28th, have been postponend.
• Defected has cancelled its events until May, including all Glitterbox and Classic Music Company shows. As it stands, the brand's summer schedule, which includes festivals in Croatia and London, plus an Ibiza season, is still going ahead.
• Berlin's popular Mayday celebrations, known locally as Erste Mai or Myfest, have been called off.
• Copenhagen festival Distortion has moved from June 3rd to 7th to August 26th through 30th.
• Japanese festival Labyrinth is urging clubs in Tokyo and throughout the country to close.
• France's Snowboxx Festival has cancelled its 2020 edition, planned for March 21st through 28th.
• UK radio station NTS has closed all its studios worldwide, though it'll keep broadcasting 24/7 with "remote broadcasts and specialist mixes."
• Berlin club Kater Blau is closed until further notice. One guest, who partied at the venue for most of last Saturday, March 7th, has since tested positive for COVID-19. If you were also present during that time, this statement offers advice on possible next steps.
• ://about blank, another Berlin club, has also cancelled its events until further notice, including its upcoming tenth anniversary in April. "Cancel everything," reads the club's statement. "Show solidarity. Take care of each other!"
• Kyiv club Closer shut down last Saturday and will remain closed until at least April 3rd.
• Prague club Ankali, which has been closed since March 12th, has announced a weekender with a TBD date for "as soon as the crisis is over" called Antivirus A.
• Lockdown measures are being adapted throughout the US with at least 3,244 confirmed cases and 62 deaths stateside. The CDC has recommended against all gatherings of 50 or more people for the next eight weeks. Governor Mike DeWine of Ohio issued an order closing all bars and restaurants starting at 9 PM tonight, while Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker said his state would enforce closures of restaurants and bars starting Monday. California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that all bars will be closed with restaurant capacity halved, and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has ordered all bars and restaurants to stop on-premises consumption (takeout only), and banned gatherings larger than 25. New York City mayor Bill DeBlasio has promised to restrict restaurants and close nightclubs starting on Tuesday. More on what's happening in New York here.
• Bossa Nova Civic Club, the Bushwick techno hotspot in New York City, closed its doors amidst calls for a citywide lockdown.
• Sydney's winter festival Vivid has been cancelled as a result of the Australian government's ban on gatherings of over 500 people. The three-week citywide event typically draws well over two million attendees from late May to early June.
• The UK will ban all mass gatherings starting next weekend, after a number of sporting leagues and other organizations announced they would shut down even without government intervention. Parliament plans to pass legislation to aid affected businesses next week.
• Berlin mayor Michael Müller announced Friday that all clubs, bars and pubs will be closed until at least April 20th, beginning this Tuesday. Restaurants will remain open with distance rules, while public transit will also be scaled back considerably, reported The Local. Read yesterday's report on the Berlin club scene's struggles in the midst of the pandemic.
• Washington, DC, club Flash will close after a reduced-capacity party tonight, while U Street Music Hall is postponing all events through March 31st.
• Canadian provinces British Columbia, Alberta and Quebec have banned all gatherings of 250 or more people, as the federal government advises against all international travel and announces measures to limit inbound flights.
• Movement Detroit has postponed local club events in the coming weeks, but the main Memorial Day weekend festival "is still moving forward as planned with safety as a top priority."
• New York club Nowadays joins House Of Yes, BASEMENT and Avant Gardner in temporarily closing.
• The UK government halts business rates for small firms, like venues, pubs, and restaurants, as part of a £30 billion stimulus package, the Independent reports.
• Spain declares a state of emergency, which allows the government to limit people's movements and close restaurants, bars and venues, among other measures.
• France has banned gatherings of 100 people or more. Clubs such as Dehors Brut, La Station and À La Folie have announced closures.
• The Hague festival Rewire has cancelled its upcoming edition, set for April 3rd through 5th.
• Record Store Day has been postponed from April 20th to June 20th.
• Finland has banned events of 500 people or more until the end of May. Solstice Festival, scheduled for mid-June, is safe—for now.
• Corsica Studios is one of the first London venues to begin cancelling events, postponing this Saturday's Hivern Discs and Trouble Vision party. Meanwhile, AVA Festival released a statement saying this weekend's conference and club night at the 5,000-capacity superclub Printworks will go ahead with "precautionary measures" such as "promotion of cleanliness via onsite signage" and "additional hand-washing provisions on site."
• The Australian government has banned all non-essential gatherings of 500 people or more, which has forced festivals like Inner Varnika to cancel.
• Japanese promoter REITEN has announced the postponement of the first edition of its new experimental festival Ensō four weeks before it was due to commence.
• Belgium and Portugal are each shutting down all venues, nightclubs and bars, as well as restaurants in Belgium's case.
• New York governor Andrew Cuomo has banned all events of 500 or more people, a decision that will impact clubs and venues across the state and New York City. Restaurants and bars that remain open will have to reduce capacity.
• Pittsburgh venue Hot Mass is closing "until further notice."
• Marble Bar in Detroit will close indefinitely.
• New York's BASEMENT club announced it will close "for the time being," as will House Of Yes and Avant Gardner. Good Room will operate at "reduced capacity," while the Sound Room at public records will close and all ticketed events will be cancelled, though the bar and cafe will remain open. Bossa Nova Civic Club will be open regular hours but is restricted to half-capacity.
• San Francisco club 1015 Folsom is closing for the first time in 35 years.
• The state of California has advised against all gatherings of 250 people or more, while LA mayor Eric Garcetti announces a ban of events with 50 people or more on city property.
• Canada's JUNO Awards ceremony has been cancelled.
• London promoter LWE is calling off its upcoming events.
• Help Musicians UK offers helpline to artists affected by the coronavirus.
• The Scottish government has advised that all gatherings of 500 people or more should be cancelled.
• Mannheim festival Time Warp has cancelled its upcoming edition, planned for April 4th and 5th.
• More Berlin clubs announced closures today: Tresor and OHM, until April 20th, in line with Berghain's announcement yesterday, and Salon Zur Wilden Renate, which will livestream club nights instead. Kraftwerk announced the cancellation of its "The Long Now" event. Read more about what's going on in Berlin here.
• The Dutch cabinet is prohibiting events with 100 people or more until March 31st. Amsterdam clubs De School and RTM then announced they're cancelling all upcoming events.
• The Swedish government has banned all events with 500 people or more. [Correction: The German government, as this update read earlier, has not altered its ban on 1000+-capacity events from Tuesday. More on that below.]
• Clubbing Spain has compiled a list of all the cancelled and postponed events and temporarily closed venues in the country.
• Ableton Loop in Berlin has been postponed from April 24th to 26th until April 2021, according to a statement today.
• Lithuania's Opium Club has cancelled all events from tomorrow through April 17th "due to recent restrictions announced by the Vilnius city municipality."
• The Irish prime minister, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, has called for the cancellation of indoor events with more than 100 people and 500+-capacity outdoor events, in effect from 6 PM local time tonight through March 29th.
• Tbilisi club Bassiani has "call[ed] off club nights for some period of time... Please be assured that we dance together, even in isolation."
• Brussels Listen! Festival has postponed its 2020 edition, initially planned for March 25th through 30th, until November 10th through 15th.
• Resident Advisor has closed all offices—London, Manchester, Berlin, Barcelona, New York, LA, Tokyo and Sydney—sending all staff to work from home. We will continue to provide our coverage and services as normal.
• Japanese festival Rainbow Disco Club has cancelled its 2020 edition, which was planned for April 17th to 19th.
• In a rare address to the nation, President Trump revealed the United States will issue a 30-day ban on travel from Europe to the US, excluding the United Kingdom as well as US citizens, permanent residents and their families. The ban will go into place Friday, March 13th.
• Austrian festival Snowbombing has been called off after "discussions with the Austrian authorities."
• Berlin club Berghain has cancelled all its "self-produced" events until April 20th. Read more about how the Berlin scene is affected here.
• San Francisco mayor London Breed is prohibiting all events of 1,000 people or more in the city and county, effective immediately.
• Knoxville, Tennessee, festival Big Ears is cancelling its 2020 edition, which was due to take place at the end of March.
• Washington governor Jay Inslee will ban events and public gatherings of 250 or more people in the Seattle area.
• Geneva is cancelling all events between 100 and 1,000 people, with authorizations granted "under certain conditions."
• Catalonia, the Spanish region home to Barcelona, has banned all indoor and outdoor events with 1,000 people or more, starting from Thursday, March 12th. The authorities added that for events of fewer than 1,000 people, attendance should be reduced to one-third of the legal capacity to avoid crowding. Barcelona venues Razzmatazz, LAUT and Sala Apolo, AKA Nitsa, have confirmed their closure.
• Swiss festival Caprices Presents Modernity has pushed back its two-weekend April event to September.
• Dublin Digital Radio has cancelled this weekend's Alternating Current event at The Sound House.
• Though Berlin authorities yesterday announced the closure of state-run theaters and concert halls until at least April 19th, Mayor Michael Müller has since delayed the city-wide ban on all smaller, privately run venues, including nightclubs: "Not every event harbors the same risks of infection."
• After persistent rumors, Goldenvoice announced Coachella will be rescheduled, now taking place October 9th to 11th and October 16th to 18th, 2020. (The related Stagecoach festival has also been moved.)
• Estonian festival and conference Tallinn Music Week has been postponed, moving from March 25th to 29th to August 26th to 30th.
• Dark Mofo has become the first major Australian festival to be called off due to COVID-19, with organisers citing potential losses in the millions of dollars. ABC reports the 13-day Tasmanian event will be moved to June 2021.
• [This development has been clarified in a more recent bullet point.] Berlin has become the latest German state to ban gatherings of 1,000 people or more, the Guardian reports. Chancellor Angela Merkel urged authorities to strictly implement the bans, which now apply to seven of the 16 German states. Berlin authorities have also announced the closure of all theaters and concert halls until at least April 19th.
• Berlin venue Trauma Bar und Kino has cancelled all its upcoming events in March.
• Winter Music Conference will not take place in 2020, Billboard reports, following the cancellation of Ultra Music Festival and postponement of Get Lost's Miami party.
• Caterina Barbieri has cancelled her upcoming US tour as a result of Italy's lockdown. She was due to play five shows between March 18th and 28th, including stops in Dallas, Los Angeles and New York.
• Goldenvoice, the promoter behind Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, is in talks to move the massive, two-weekend festival to October 16th and 23rd, Billboard reports. There are four active COVID-19 cases in Riverside County, where the site of the festival in Indio is located.
• All of Italy will be placed under lockdown starting on March 10th, as part of a decree by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conti. Conditions already imposed on northern Italy will be extended to the entire country—some 60 million people—which includes prohibition on all non-essential travel and the closure of nightclubs, venues, gyms and other gathering spaces.
• Get Lost's 24-hour Miami party, planned for March 21st, has been postponed. The March 9th announcement says, "Our new location for the event that we have been working on for six months is based in the district of Hialeah, [where] city officials announced a ban on all public gatherings due to fears of the COVID-19 virus spreading."
• The French government has banned events with more than 1,000 people from March 8th through April 13th, Le Monde reports, heightening its previous call to halt 5,000-capacity events. Concrete's Brice Coudert expressed frustration with the move.
• A note posted on the South By Southwest website on March 6th indicated the City Of Austin has cancelled the March dates for SXSW. "We are devastated to share this news with you. 'The show must go on' is in our DNA, and this is the first time in 34 years that the March event will not take place," it reads, adding that the festival honors and respects the city's decision.
• Organik Festival has cancelled its 2020 edition in Taiwan. The Smoke Machine-run event announced the news via Facebook on March 6th. "There was no other option but to cancel the festival for this year," organisers said. Organik 2020 was supposed to take place from April 24th through the 27th.
• Bangface Weekender announced on March 5th that this month's festival, set for March 12th through 16th, will go on as planned. "This is following the government's announcement on Tuesday that there are no immediate plans to ban large public gatherings," the team wrote on Facebook.
• Marrakech festival Beat Hotel has been postponed as a result of Moroccan government's ban on large gatherings.
• Miami's Ultra Music Festival has been cancelled
• France's Tomorrowland Winter has been cancelled by the government.
• The Swiss Federal Council banned events with greater than 1,000 people from February 28th through March 15th, forcing local clubs and promoters to adjust their programming. Audio Club confirmed to RA that it would be closing its second room and bar in order to operate under the capacity limit and remain open, a move the venue said others in the country were making.
• Sónar's Hong Kong edition has been postponed.
January and February
• Mass cancellation and closings of festivals, parties and venues across Asia, affecting the scene in Chengdu, Hong Kong, Singapore and further afield: an in-depth report by Nyshka Chandran.
We will continue updating this post as we learn more.
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