More Coronavirus Cancellations Worldwide: BTS, Green Day, Mabel
2:59 AM, Friday, 2/28/2020 By: Gideon Gottfried
PHILIP FONG/AFP via Getty Images People in China wearing face masks
The Coronavirus has reportedly claimed more than 1,100 lives so far.
The number of tour cancellations in Asia is increasing, but it’s not just Asia’s live business that’s affected.
BTS has cancelled four concerts of its “Map Of The Soul” tour scheduled for April 11-19 at the South Korean capital of Seoul’s Olympic Stadium.
BTS management company Big Hit Entertainment stated that it was currently impossible to predict the scale of the outbreak during the April, and that uncertainty about the cross-border movement of concert staff and equipment was only bound to increase.
“While we hope that the situation will improve, we must take into consideration the health and safety of hundreds of thousands of guests as well as our artists and the dire impact a last-minute cancellation may have on guests from overseas, production companies and staff.
“We have thus determined that with approximately one month left before the Seoul concert is set to begin, it is unavoidable that the concert must be canceled without further delay,” the statement continues.
Some 200,000 fans were expected at the four Seoul shows alone. Tickets will be refunded, there haven’t been any plans to reschedule the BTS Seoul gigs as of yet.
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Green Day, another band that felt it had to cancel the Asian dates of its “Hella Mega” stadium tour, said fans should hold on to their tickets.
“We have unfortunately made the difficult decision to postpone our upcoming shows in Asia due to the health + travel concerns with coronavirus. We know it sucks, as we were looking forward to seeing you all, but hold on to your tickets we’ll be announcing the new dates very soon,” a band statement reads.
Green Day was planning on visiting Asia in March, dates included Singapore’s Indoor Stadium (March 8), Bangkok’s Impact Arena (March 11) and the Mall of Asia (March 14) in Manila, the capital of the Philippines.
Dave J Hogan/Getty ImagesMabel performs at the BRITS, Feb. 18. The singer has only had to cancel one Italy show on her current European tour so far.It’s no longer just Asia that’s affected by tour cancellations. In Italy, Europe, the regional authorities have banned event organizers from putting on shows after the first reports of Italians infected with the virus.
One show affected by this was Mabel’s Feb. 24 concert at Milan’s Magazzini Generali, where all events have been suspended until March 1 for the time being.
Meanwhile, the venue’s management has addressed the mayor of Milan to alleviate the pressure placed on the live entertainment sector by the decision of authorities to ban events. It asks for social safety nets and tax breaks for a sector that’s contributed much to the attractiveness of the region, and has now been “catapulted into an abyss,” according to a statement on Magazzini Generali Facebook page.
Italy’s promoters association Assomusica takes a similar stance. The provisions adopted by the governments of some regions in Italy, have effectively halted ticket sales – “not only in the Regions where the emergency exists, but at a national level, due to the widespread panic situation,” according to a statement by Assomusica president Vincenzo Spera.
The association estimates that the cancellation of music shows alone has caused a loss of approximately €10.5 million ($11.5 million) so far, based on estimates provided by TicketOne.
Assomusica has written to the country’s Prime Minister and to the responsible ministers concerned to underline the seriousness of the situation, in particular for the popular music sector, which receives no state support in Italy.
The news follows previously announced tour cancellations by Stormy, Kenny G, Khalid and other.