Covid-19 Music Industry Update: UK citizens advised not to travel abroad, ISM statement, culture minister isolates, Coldplay…

Music Week is monitoring the impact of the Covid-19 spread around the globe on the biz. The virus’ spread has already led to a series of tour cancellations, including the likes of Ozzy Osbourne Stormzy, Khalid, New Order, BTS, Green Day, Slipknot and Avril Lavigne all pulling dates around the globe, meanwhile organisers of the 2020 SXSW conference followed guidance from the City Of Austin and cancelled this year’s event. Updates from the impact of the outbreak will appear here.

UK citizens advised not to travel abroad
UK citizens have been advised by the foreign secretary not to travel abroad unless it is essential. Speaking in parliament (March 17) Dominic Rabb said his departments is advising “with immediate effect against non-essential travel globally for an initial period of 30 days and subject to ongoing review.” Enter Shikari
Enter Shikari have cancelled their proposed album launch shows in the UK, New York and Moscow, and postponed other dates.

An official statement read: “Unfortunately, despite attempts to look at this from every angle possible for alternatives, and after consulting with promoters, management and even a selection of fans, the current situation forces us into making the difficult decision to cancel the proposed Nothing Is True & Everything Is Possible album launch shows for the UK, New York and Moscow. While the shows are impossible to play in April / May for the obvious logistical – and, more importantly, health-related – reasons, the overall uncertainty makes rescheduling those shows for any other time virtually impossible too. We’re very sorry.

We were looking forward to playing shows again, and were excited to be able to play some of the new album tracks for you. Hopefully sometime soon we can find a way to be able to take another approach to this.” Cultural lockdown
The UK secretary of state for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Oliver Dowden has announced he is self-isolating in line with his government’s advice as a member of his family has the Coronavirus symptoms.

A member of my family currently has #covid?19uk symptoms so in line with government advice I will be remaining at home.

I’m feeling fine and will of course be working on @DCMS priorities in these very challenging times, and continuing to support my constituents in Hertsmere

— Oliver Dowden (@OliverDowden) March 17, 2020

MVT relief fund plans
The Music Venue Trust has called on the government to cancel its 2022 Festival Of Britain and use its GBP120m to create a cultural infrastructure relief fund. Read the full story.   Closure clarity called for
A number of industry bodies have asked the government to formally enforce a lockdown on venues and events. Read the full story. ISM calls for Statutory Sick Pay rethink
The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) has appealed to Chancellor Rishi Sunak for the Government to rethink its position on Universal Credit so that gig economy workers are entitled to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP).

“It is paramount that the Government urgently rethinks this position and extends SSP to all types of workers affected by Covid-19 or who are advised to self-isolate,” said ISM chief executive Deborah Annetts in an open letter. “This is a critical time for the country and stability is needed for everyone, including musicians,” she continued. “Musicians should not be penalised for the financial losses they are experiencing.”  Virtual gig guide
Website GigsGuide is switching from live listings to rounding-up shows that will be streamed live during the Coronavirus lockdown. A section of virtual shows has been added to the site and can be seen here.

Gates’ shut
The Sage Gateshead is the latest venue to close its doors following government “advice” for people to avoid going out. “In light of the most recent Government advice, Sage Gateshead will be closed to the public from today until further notice,” they explained in a statement. “This means that upcoming concerts and classes (including concerts and education programmes delivered outside of the venue) will not take place until further notice. We hope that many will be rescheduled for future dates.” Vanessa Carlton reschedules tour but not album
Singer Vanessa Carlton has announced she will postpone dates of her impending tour. “I will not put any of you in a position where you may become sick, so we must postpone our tour,” she said. “But, we are going to do all we can to reschedule these dates, and when we do we’ll bring you an epic show!

Meanwhile wash your hands 9000 times a day.” However Carlton said her new album Live Is An Art will still be released on March 27, arguing “After all, music is the best medicine there is.” Coldplay and John Legend streams
Chris Martin and John Legend have been live streaming performances via social media.

My friend Chris Martin did a lovely little concert from home today. I’ll be doing one tomorrow at 1pm Pacific time.

See you soon. We’ll try to get through this together! #TogetherAtHome

— John Legend (@johnlegend) March 16, 2020

Banquet Records
Kingston’s independent record store Banquet has announced that, due to the coronavirus, its staff will now be working in the shop with the front doors closed, and will be focusing on mail-order services only until further notice. “With the recent Social Distancing measures advised by government, we can no longer in good faith have our physical shop open,” they explained in a statement. “While music is essential, and new music is brilliant, it can’t be argued that travelling to the store is essential travel. Our doors will be closed, until the time we feel it’s right to re-open.

Some of our staff are working from home, others’ hours and roles will change. We have hundreds of thousands of pounds of stock, with deliveries arriving daily, and we expect minimal disruption to supply chains. We will not lay off any staff over the coming months and expect records and CDs to get out to you in good time, with no sign of a change to the Royal Mail service.

We will now be working with the front doors closed, with mail-order our sole focus. For the next few weeks at least, over-the-counter sales will cease and timings of when events restart are unclear.” Aberdeen venues to shut
Following the UK government encouraging “social distancing” in a briefing on March 16, Aberdeen Performing Arts has announced its venues – His Majesty’s Theatre, the Music Hall and the Lemon Tree – will close with immediate effect.

Fierce Panda on “ripples and ramifications”
Reacting to the postponement of SXSW due to the Covid-19 outbreak, Fierce Panda have spoken to Music Week on the impact it has had on their label and acts. Read the story in fullBiffy Clyro
Biffy Clyro have delayed ticket sales for their forthcoming UK, European and Australian tours until a later date due to the Coronavirus outbreak. An official statement said: “If you have already pre-ordered, you will still be in the presale.

We are still very much looking forward to the tour and while the dates and venues remain unaffected, we feel that due to the current uncertainty the time is not right to make tickets available. We send everyone our love. Please take care of each other.

Stay safe and healthy.” The British Music Embassy
The British Music Embassy has joined forces with the Association of Independent Music (AIM), the BPI, PPL, PRS For Music and PRS Foundation to put on two closed-door studio sessions in support of the UK bands and artists that were due to perform at SXSW. The events will take place at Production Park’s The Mill Studio in London on Monday March 16 and Tuesday 17. 

Kobalt to work to home
The firm has announced that all its staff worldwide to work from home as part of a series of measures to restrict Covid-19 spread. “As of last week, we have made the decision to ask all of our Kobalt employees worldwide to work from home until further notice. We have also suspended all business travel, closed our offices and postponed any upcoming writer’s rooms. Lastly, we are restricting our employees from any face-to-face meetings and going to shows/concerts.

We will be monitoring the situation on an ongoing basis but anticipate that this will likely be for several weeks,” they explained in a message sent out to clients and partners. Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters have confirmed they will be postponing their upcoming 25th anniversary van tour, which was originally scheduled to take place in April. A statement from Dave Grohl read: “Hi, this is Dave.

Remember me? The guy who wouldn’t even postpone a show when my goddamn leg was falling off?,” wrote frontman Dave Grohl. “Well…playing a gig with a sock full of broken bones is one thing, but playing a show when YOUR health and safety is in jeopardy is another. We fuckin’ love you guys. So let’s do this right and rain check shit.

The album is done, and it’s fuckin’ killer. The lights and stage are in the trucks, ready to go. The SECOND we are given the go ahead, we’ll come tear shit up like we always do.

Promise. Now go wash your hands. Dave.” The Phoenix show now takes place on December 5, Albuquerque on December 13 and Oklahoma City on December 1.

Dates in Wichita and Knoxville are yet to be rescheduled. Conductor to stream free concerts
Hungarian conductor Ivan Fischer has announced he will stage a new concert series that can be streamed for free online. The nightly performances, from March 16, will feature a chamber performance from the Budapest Festival Orchestra.

Christened the Quarantine Soirees, they can be watched via Facebook. Australian SXSW live stream showcase cancelled Plans by Sounds Australia to showcase bands due to play SXSW in live streamed gigs (see below) have now been cancelled. “The mood has greatly shifted as the impact of COVID-19 starts to worsen in many parts of the world.

The decision to cancel 3 For The Stream was not taken lightly. Now is not the time for an event that will bring people into close proximity,” organisers explained.   Sentric Music face up to Coronavirus
The publisher has announced it is suspending face-to-face meetings and reducing its office capacity as staff work from home.

They however promise “business as usual” and will “ensure all royalties are paid to our writers as quickly and efficiently as possible.”


— Sentric Music (@SentricMusic) March 16, 2020

New York shutdown
All music venues in New York are due to close as part of a city-wide shutdown. Mayor Bill de Blasio has issued a statement indicating that concerts halls, along with restaurants, bars and other entertainment venues will close from March 17. “Our lives are all changing in ways that were unimaginable just a week ago,” he said of the executive order he is issuing. “We are taking a series of actions that we never would have taken otherwise in an effort to save the lives of loved ones and our neighbours. Now it is time to take yet another drastic step.” How long the closure will last is yet to be decided.

Rolling Stone stopped
Ronnie Wood’s plans to join pianist Ben Waters at three gigs to celebrate Chuck Berry have been put on ice. The Rolling Stones guitarist was due to play two nights at London’s Under The Bridge (March 16 and 17) and one at Dublin’s Helix (20). The dates, including Wood’s involvement, will now be rescheduled. “We have decided that it’s just not safe and it’s not fair to gamble with people’s lives; I also just heard that the government is going to ban large gatherings next week in any case,” explained Waters. “We are going to postpone the events and hope you will stick with us – several of you have asked if Ronnie will still do the rescheduled show – yes that’s the whole point, we couldn’t do it without him, the rescheduled events will definitely include him!

The dates will be announced asap when things have calmed down a bit.” Sir Lucian Grainge
Variety reports that Universal Music Group chairman/CEO Sir Lucian Grainge is in hospital in Los Angeles receiving treatment after testing positive for coronavirus. Universal Music did not comment on the report.

Charli’s diary
Charli XCX has begun a quarantine diary that she is sharing via her Twitter account. In her first entry, the singer-songwriter has contemplated the future of the live industry after the Covid-19 outbreak, wondering how live streaming will develop from the lack of concerts, whether or not new releases will benefit or suffer from enforced seclusion and how will music videos be affected if crews and directors cannot travel. 

quarantine diary entry 1 ???????? lol

— Charli (@charli_xcx) March 15, 2020

Late Blossoms
Stockport’s second favourite sons (after Fred Perry) are delaying their March UK tour until “further notice”, they explained via social media.

Morning. Just to let everyone know, our March UK tour is now postponed.

We’re currently working on rearranging all headline shows – London, Hull, Glasgow, Leeds, Newcastle, Birmingham & Manchester. We’ll let you know as soon as we have any more info. ??

— B L O S S O M S (@BlossomsBand) March 16, 2020

Blue Planet
Promoter FKP Scorpio UK is postponing its Planet Earth II Live In Concert arena tour. The UK & Ireland shows – due to take place March 26-April 4 – will now take place at a later, unspecified date. “We have been monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak very closely and having taken into account local authorities’ concerns and guidance, the Planet Earth II Live In Concert UK & Ireland Arena Tour originally planned for the 26th March – 4th April regrettably will be postponed until further notice,” they explained.

A right carry on?
Large concerts by Guns N’Roses and Stereophonics which took place over the weekend despite the Coronavirus outbreak have been criticised. The Gunners played Mexico City’s Vive Latino festival on Saturday (March 14) after the city’s mayor Claudia Sheinbaum declared the only large gatherings that would be currently suspended were those that “have no economic impact.” Meanwhile in Cardiff, Kelly Jones’ band played the Motorpoint Arena over the weekend, although a video from the show later posted by the group drew heavy criticism.

Cardiff in beautiful voice tonight! #stereophonics #Kind2020Tour

— stereophonics (@stereophonics) March 14, 2020

Live streaming plans
With touring almost at a standstill, artists are starting to plan livestreams of concerts in place of gigs. Yungblud will stream a concert from Los Angeles live on his YouTube channel at 2pm UK time.

He said: “The world is in a very weird time at the moment. Everyone doesn’t know what to do or where to turn. It’s like we are all trapped in a glass or perspex box whilst someone is playing a trick on us.

My shows were getting cancelled left right and centre. I miss the energy, I miss the connection, I miss my fans and family. We need each other more than ever right now and having the opportunity to interact with them taken away from me fully wasn’t even an option for me!

We’re holding an online concert monday 7am PT – earliest show of my life, see you there!!!” Others taking alternative measures include rockers Code Orange. Nothing in the water for Pharrell… for now
The second edition of Pharrell Williams’ Something In The Water festival has been postponed. The music section of the event will now take place between April 23-25. “After much consideration, in partnership with the City of Virginia Beach, we’ve sadly decided to postpone,” explained organisers. “Please use this time to keep building, creating, and progressing.

The SITW team certainly will. There are a number of timely community-centric displays of goodwill that we are working hard to ensure still happen this April – things like the planting of a new school garden, public art, SITW Restaurant Week and more.” Elvis has left the building
Though managing to complete his London gig at the Eventim Apollo (“Or Hammersmith Odeon as I still call it…”) on Friday night (March 13), Elvis Costello has cut short his UK tour three dates before the end – something he hinted would happen while on stage in London. “It is with great regret that we are announcing the postponement of the three remaining shows of the #justtrustuk2020 Tour,” his twitter explained. “We are disappointed not to be bringing our show to you but trust you will agree that this is for the best.”

IFPI Global Music Report launch scrapped
The media launch of the IFPI’s Global Music Report, due to happen on March 24, has been axed, due to the international label executives due to speak at the event being unable to travel. The actual report, however, will still be published on that date. UK Music calls for government framework to support biz
UK Music’s acting CEO Tom Kiehl has asked the UK government to put a framework to support the UK music industry in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak.

In a seven point letter to culture secretary Oliver Dowden, he called for VAT ‘holidays’ for music businesses; extending business rates relief; helping the 72% of the music industry who are self-employed; compensation schemes in the event of cancellations and help holding insurance companies to account. “The impact of the virus could deal a hammer blow to the British music industry and threaten the livelihoods of many people. It will hit not just those who are directly employed in our industry, but the wider supply chain such as caterers and other retailers who depend on our sector for work,” he wrote. “While we warmly welcome measures outlined by the Chancellor in the Budget it is imperative that the Government takes urgent steps to safeguard a music industry which is the envy of the world. It is also crucial that the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and all Government departments are in constant communication with our sector as we approach a critical business period for many of our members.”

Glastonbury: the show goes on… “fingers crossed” The Glastonbury Festival has announced its first wave of artists for the 2020 line-up – including the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Noel Gallagher, JARV IS…, Dua Lipa, Pet Shop Boys and Fatboy Slim – as organiser Emily Eavis says she has her “fingers crossed” the event will still go ahead in June. “So, after much consideration given the current circumstances, and with the best of intentions, here is the first list of musical acts for Glastonbury 2020,” she wrote on Instagram. ” ??As things stand we are still working hard to deliver our 50th anniversary Festival in June and we are very proud of the bill that we have put together over the last year or so. No one has a crystal ball to see exactly where we will all be 15 weeks from now, but we are keeping our fingers firmly crossed that it will be here at Worthy Farm for the greatest show on Earth!?”

Download Australia called off After headliners My Chemical Romance cancelled their Australia and New Zealand performances, Download Australia which was due to host them as a headliner has been cancelled. “Given that this [MCR] announcement has come barely eight days prior to Download Australia we will not be able to secure an alternative headliner as there is insufficient time to secure visas and arrange the other relevant logistics that are required prior to the festival,” organisers explained. “As we are unable to deliver a complete line-up to meet the standard that Download fans both expect and deserve, we have very reluctantly made the decision to cancel Download Australia 2020. The Download team has been working around the clock to create an unforgettable experience for heavy music fans and we are devastated not be able to deliver this show to Australian Downloaders as planned.” Organisers say they are working with My Chemical Romance and Deftones to arrange alternative dates, while they are speaking with others acts due to play to stage alternative shows in Sydney and Melbourne in the coming week.

Scotland bans 500 plus gatherings Events of more than 500 people in Scotland should be cancelled from Monday (March 16) first minister Nicola Sturgeon has advised. The Scottish Government is imposing the restrictions in response to the Covid-19 outbreak, though not to prevent spread of the virus but to reduce pressure on emergency services. “We know that certain events have an impact on our policing and frontline health services,” Sturgeon explained.

Radio 1’s Big Weekend cancelled  Falling under the above restrictions, BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend – which was to feature the likes of Biffy Clyro, AJ Tracey, Dua Lipa, and Harry Styles – in Dundee has been called off.  

An update on #BigWeekend Dundee 2020

— BBC Radio 1 (@BBCR1) March 13, 2020

Record Store Day delayed The 2020 edtion of Record Store Day has been put back to June 20 by organisers. Read the story in full.  

Evanescence postpone shows The band have announced the postponement of several gigs, including Download in Japan and their entire European tour. They posted the following statement.

— Evanescence (@evanescence) March 13, 2020

Visonary Honours ceremony put back to May

The Visionary Honours 2020 awards ceremony, due to take place on Wednesday (March 18) has been postponed until May 31. “The safety and concerns of the ceremony attendees is our main priority, so in light of the current situation, we feel that postponing the awards is necessary,” said the organisers of the event which is due to honour Sir Bob Geldof this year.  Dan Croll pushes back tour Communion Records signed singer songwriter Dan Croll has postponed his current tour until September. “Devastated to have to do this, but due to the many venue restrictions and based on the advice of my team and local promoters, I’m postponing my upcoming tour,” he explained. “First and foremost, we value everyone’s safety, and riding out these next few months feels like the safest option.”

More office closures It is understood that the London offices of Universal and Warners will close temporarily while staff will work from home to help delay the spread of Coronavirus. Jimmy Eat World among postponed Australian shows

Frontier Touring and Chugg Entertainment have postponed a number of Australian concerts due to new Australian government rules restricting gathers of 500 or people to limit Covid-19 spread. The show affected included Jimmy Eat World’s Australian tour this month, plus Kip Moore and the Introducing Nashville tour. Major tours halted

Key promoters have formed a taskforce respond to the Covid-19 pandemic as they have announced the postponement of large scale live events for the rest of March. Read the full story now. Sounds Australia to stream SXSW alternative Following the postponement of this month’s South By SouthWest conference in Austin, Texas, Sounds Australia is to stake a show that will be streamed to the biz.

The closed 3 For The Stream showcase will take place at Melbourne’s Bakehouse Studios and be available to view online on March 19 and 20.

3 For The Stream will feature 19 acts who had been due to play SXSW including Luke Howard, Carla Geneve and Sophie Hutchings. Country 2 Country Festival C2C Festival has announced its 2020 edition has been postponed.

The festival was set to return for its eighth year from March 13 – 15 March 2020 at The O2 London, 3Arena Dublin, The SSE Hydro. An official statement read: “Due to the global pandemic of COVID-19 and the changing nature of travel policies in other countries alongside possible extended future restrictions, it is with regret that Country to Country Festival 2020 – London, Dublin and Glasgow – is being postponed. Ticket holders are advised to hold onto their tickets. More information will be announced in the coming days on the rescheduled event. Thank you all for your understanding and patience at this very difficult time. C2C and its organisers apologise wholeheartedly for the time to work through the issues to get this statement out.” 

Avril Lavigne Avril Lavigne has cancelled her European/UK tour. A Twitter statement read: “A heartfelt message to my fans: As you all are aware, governments across Europe have continued to impose restrictions banning large public gatherings because of the continued spread of the coronavirus.

Now the United States Of America has implemented its own travel ban. With these restrictions in place it means that I am no longer able to bring the Head Above Water Tour to Europe and the United Kingdom. And it sucks!

I have been looking forward to this tour for so long. For the opportunity to reconnect with my amazing fans, supportive fans. My main concern continues to be your health and safety and I want to come back and rock out with you at another time when everyone can enjoy the shows without worry.

Sending you all much love.”

Greg Dulli  An official press release stated: “Due to the recently announced travel ban we must sadly cancel our March/April European dates. We sincerely apologize and are already working on rescheduling our European tour for later this year.

Refunds will be available at point of purchase. We remain hopeful that the North American tour will proceed as planned beginning in Minneapolis on April 24th. We’ll continue to monitor the situation as it develops. Stay safe everyone.”

C2C CMA Songwriters Series  Music Week has been told the following: “Due to the US travel restrictions announced overnight, we regret to announce that this evening’s CMA Songwriters Series show at indigo at The O2 has been cancelled. A refund will be automatically processed to the card used to purchase your tickets.”

The Who postpone UK tour and TCT date The band will now not play their UK arena tour, which was due to start on March 16 in Manchester or their Teenage Cancer Trust show at the Royal Albert Hall on March 28. Roger Daltrey insists that all the shows will “definitely happen and it may be the last time we do a tour of this type, so keep those tickets, as the shows will be fantastic”.

Tallinn Music Week moves to August The Estonian conferences has announced it will take place this summer instead of later this month. “Following recommendations of the Estonian Health Board, TMW team and its partners have decided to postpone the March event owing to risks related to the spread of the COVID-19 virus. TMW 2020 has been rescheduled and will take place August 26-3 2020,” they explained in a statement.

Office closures  Music Week understands a number of workplaces will be temporarily closured to limit Covid-19 spread. Secretly Canadian and Global are understood to be limiting staff attendance, while the Beggars Group is planning a ‘dress rehearsal’ closure for a day next week.

MUSEXPO 2020 postponed MUSEXPO, due to take place March 22-25 in Burbank, California, has been postponed by organisers. “I’d like to thank our generous sponsors, showcase artists, speakers, delegates, my MUSEXPO staff, and the team at Castaway and S.I.R. Studios for what would have been an amazing event, MUSEXPO 2020, but in the interest of all concerned we must do the right thing and postpone this event for a later date,” explained president & founder Sat Bisla.

In addition, our partners at have joined us in also postponing Worldwide Radio Summit 2020 for a future date. That date will depend on the course of the (COVID-19) pandemic and how quickly it comes under control and everyone feels good about traveling and interacting with others on a more personal basis. All registrations will be carried over and fully-transferable to the new dates, once confirmed.

We will notify everyone as soon as we have a confirmed date. We hope everyone will remain safe during this unprecedented health emergency.” Country To Country Festival

Old Dominion have been replaced by The Shires on the main bill. The CMA Songwriters show line-up is now Niko Moon, Jaren Johnston, plus Caylee Hammack, Tenille Townes and Phil Barton following the exit of Lori McKenna, Liz Rose and Hillary Lindsey. Coachella and Stagecoach festivals delayed

The Californian festivals Coachella and Stagecoach have been put back to October organisers have announced. “At the direction of the County of Riverside and local health authorities, we must sadly confirm the rescheduling of Coachella and Stagecoach due to Covid-19 concerns,” they explained in a statement. “While this decision comes at a time of universal uncertainty, we take the safety and health of our guests, staff and community very seriously. We urge everyone to follow the guidelines and protocols put forth by public health officials.” Coachella, due to take place in April, will now happen on October 9-11 and October 16-18, 2020, while Stagecoach will happen October 23-25. Ticket holders can seek refunds if they are unable to attend the new dates.

NME & The 100 Club team up for SXSW showcase

NME and The 100 Club will stage a showcase for a range of artists who were due to perform at SXSW. The pop-up show is set for March 22, with line-up details set to be confirmed. “So many great bands have put time, money and emotional investment into playing stateside at SXSW, and we really feel for each of them with the news of its cancellation,” said The 100 Club’s Sam Craven. Pearl Jam pull US tour

Pearl Jam have announced they will not be touring, and have criticised the US response to the Covid-19 outbreak in a post on their website.  “As residents of the city of Seattle, we’ve been hit hard and have witnessed first hand how quickly these disastrous situations can escalate. Our kids’ schools have closed along with universities and businesses.

It’s been brutal and it’s gonna get worse before it gets better. So we are being told that being part of large gatherings is high on the list of things to avoid as this global health crisis is now beginning to affect all of our lives. “Unfortunately, communing in large groups is a huge part of what we do as a band and the tour we’ve been busy planning for months is now in jeopardy.

We have and will always keep the safety and well-being of our supporters as top priority. “So it is with deep frustration and regret that we are forced to make this most unfortunate of announcements. This scheduled first leg of our PJ/Gigaton tour will need to be postponed and shows rescheduled for a later date.

“We’ve worked hard with all our management and business associates to find other solutions or options but the levels of risk to our audience and their communities is simply too high for our comfort level. Add to that we also have a unique group of passionate fans who travel far and wide. We’ve always been humbled by this and respect their energies and devotion.

However in this case, travel is something to avoid. “It certainly hasn’t helped that there’s been no clear messages from our government regarding people’s safety and our ability to go to work. Having no examples of our national health department’s ability to get ahead of this, we have no reason to believe that it will be under control in the coming weeks ahead.

“Again, here in Seattle what we are witnessing we would not wish for anyone. What we do wish for the rest of the country is that they can avoid the harsh negative effects of this and retain their sense of community and take care of one another. Just as we look forward to our next concerts and the ability to gather together and play loud songs as energised as ever.”

Madonna abandons two dates The singer’s shows at Grand Rex in Paris on March 10 and 11 – due to be the last of her Madame X tour – have been cancelled after the French government banned gatherings of 1000 or more people. Italy on lockdown

After restrictions in the north of the country, on March 10 the Italian government restricted travel across the whole of the country and public gatherings were forbidden. This has naturally impacted Italy’s live scene, with shows from Kelis, Santana, Avril Lavigne and Rex Orange County all cancelled according to Live Nation. Miley Cyrus not heading to Australia

The US singer has stated she will not be travelling to Australia ahead of a planned show,       

Australia: Due to the recommendations of local, state, federal and international government authorities, including the Center for Disease Control, to reduce potential health risks in response to the current global health crisis, we are no longer traveling to Aus for the show.

— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) March 10, 2020

Coachella speculation Despite no word from organisers, there is intense speculation that the Coachella Festival will be postponed. The event is due to start of April 10, but reports suggest plans are afoot to bump it back until October.

Richard Marx postpones March and April dates The American singer will now not set out on his 2020 European tour this spring.
“To ensure the health and safety of my fans coming to the shows, the upcoming European tour has to be rescheduled due to the global health crisis,” he said in a statement. “I am filled with so much gratitude for my fans and was so excited for an amazing European tour. These shows have been sold out for months and I was ready to have an amazing night of music with everyone.

I will be back soon and we will have an amazing time.” Virus goes viral After advice that people wash their hands for the length of time it takes to sing Happy Birthday, a designer has created a generator allowing fans to add their favourite song lyrics to the NHS’ handwashing diagram.

Create your own song/ hand wash mash-up at Here is a wash courtesy of Music Week cover star Luke Combs.    

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