COVID-19 IMPACT SERIES- Concerts & Theme Parks5 min read

At the moment, the entertainment sector in different markets have their stories to tell as a result of the effect the coronavirus has, on major events, concerts, movie premieres and festivals.

There are reports that, concerts, festivals and movie premieres are also being postponed or canceled across the globe. 

As the Coronavirus (Covid-19) continue to spread across the globe, In Africa, the Nigerian entertainment industry is beginning to bear the brunt.

Many Nigerian artistes with international engagements initially began to cancel such engagements, but eventually, almost all of them have also cancelled their local engagements.

The “social distancing’’ recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a way of curtailing the spread of the virus is not a friendly rule for concerts where people mix together extensively.

It will be difficult for Entertainment being a people’s business;  that leverages on numbers and concerts or shows to flourish side-by-side with a highly contagious disease like COVID-19

-Afrobeat Legend, Femi Kuti, did not only announce the cancellation of his European,  he also followed up by cancelling all weekly musical concerts at his concert venue, the New Africa Shrine in Lagos.

-Also, Nigerian music rave, Davido was forced to cancel his North American musical tour, “A Good Time Tour’’ due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

-Similarly, popular Nigerian comedian; I go dye, has cancelled his well publicised show aimed at celebrating his 25 years anniversary on stage.

-Nigerian Comedian, AY, also postponed his “AY Live Easter Sunday comedy Fiesta due to the virus.

-The 50th Glastonbury Festival has been canceled. It was set for June 24-28 in Somerset, England.

-The Rolling Stones have postponed their North American stadium tour that was set to kick off May 8 in San Diego and run through July 5 in Atlanta. No new dates have been announced.

-ZZ Top has postponed its residency at the Venetian in Las Vegas 

-Guns N’ Roses has rescheduled 10 dates set in March and April on its tour of South and Central America. The shows now are set for November 8-December 6.

-Elton John has postponed a portion of North American dates (March 26-May 2) on his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour to next year. 

-Foo Fighters have delayed the start of their Van Your 2020, rescheduling the first three dates in mid-April for early December. New dates for the other seven announced shows on their jaunt are TBA.

-The Who has postponed its tour of the UK and Ireland that was set for April. New dates are TBA.

-Country singer, Kenny Chesney has postponed the start of his Chillaxification 2020 Tour in Dallas.

-The Comedy Store in West Hollywood has suspended all performances through March 31. The Laugh Factory in Hollywood i eliminating some shows and limited its audience sizes to 200 for others.

-Hard rock band Rage Against the Machine has postponed the first leg of its reunion tour, which was set for May 20. Its July and August dates are not affected.

-The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville has postponed all shows 

-Third Eye Blind has rescheduled its U.S. tour, which now will resume May 31 at the Wiltern in Los Angeles.

-Sturgill Simpson has canceled or rescheduled multiple shows on his A Good Look’n Tour, which will resume in April in Omaha, NE.

-Flogging Molly has postponed its annual run of shows timed to St. Patrick’s Day from March 

-Kiss and David Lee Roth have postponed the last three dates on the current leg of their tour until early October.

Maluma has postponed his 11:11 shows in Europe.

-New York’s Carnegie Hall has canceled all events through May 10.

-Billy Joel‘s shows set for March 19, April 10 and May 2 at Madison Square Garden in New York have been postponed to September 26, October 11 and November 13, respectively.

-Santana has canceled the European leg of its Miraculous World Tour, which was set for 13 countries from March 14-April 5

-Zac Brown Band has postponed the spring leg of its The Owl Tour, which was set to kick off on March 12. No new dates were announced.

-Dan + Shay have rescheduled the spring leg of their The (Arena) Tour for summer for fall, with new dates running from July 30-October 31.

-Carol Burnett: Laughter & Reflection, a Q&A session scheduled for March 14 at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, has been postponed until October 10.

BTS canceled April dates in its hometown of Seoul, South Korea, as have other K-pop groups NCT, GOT7 and Winner

Green Day postponed March dates in Asia (Singapore, Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong) for its current Hella Mega Tour

Korea Times Music Festival‘s April 25 date at the Hollywood Bowl is postponed

Buckcherry has postponed its March 20, March 21 and March 27 shows at the The Rose in Pasadena, the Canyon Santa Clarita and The Canyon Montclair, respectively. No new dates were announced.

-Sinbad had postponed his show at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills.

-The Walt Disney World parks in Orlando has closed Its resort hotels 

-All Six Flags parks, including Magic Mountain north of Los Angeles and Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, CA, are closing 

-Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal CityWalk are all closed.

-Disneyland and Disney California Adventure in Anaheim will close  till further notrice

-Universal Studios Japan will be closed until May.

-In Los Angeles, the L.A. County Museum of Art, the Broad Museum, the Getty Center, Getty Villa, Natural History Museum, La Brea Tar Pits Museum and the William S. Hart Museumare closing until further notice.

-Brooklyn Academy of Music and BAM Rose Cinemas have suspended all live and film events until further notice.

-Broadway is going dark, effective March 12. All 31 productions will shut down and eight shows set to begin previews over the next month will be postponed.

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