From the announcement of countries having mass shutdowns, borders closing & flights being cancelled, one by one the government have been forced to answer the question of whether mass gathering are worth people’s safety and the further spread of coronavirus.
That answer has been a resounding ‘no’.
As the virus has been officially named a Pandemic and governments have either ordered or recommended organisations to be shut and gatherings with more than 100 banned hundreds of organisations, gatherings and sporting events have been cancelled or delayed to no earlier than September of this year.
Just earlier today Glastonbury 2020 had unfortunately been cancelled, which has been expected to celebrate the 50th anniversary event by the end of June, but with the UK ban has been cancelled. Ticket holders will have the chance to roll their £50 deposit over to next year and guarantee the opportunity to buy a ticket for Glastonbury 2021, while those who want a refund can apply for one.
Eurovision, that the content planned for May 2020 in Rotterdam has been cancelled due to uncertainty created by the virus and restrictions put in place by the authorities.
The announcement also brings doubt to the viability of other UK festivals, including BST Hyde Park, All Points East, Lovebox and Latitude. Questions have also been raised about whether the Eurovision Song Contest can proceed as planned in May.
The Brighton Festival, the Norfolk & Norwich Festival and the Edinburgh Film Festival were among the other arts events that dropped off the calendar on Wednesday.
In the US, Coachella, The Billboard Awards, South By Southwest festivals have already been postponed or called off. Whilst a group task force of concert industry leaders including AEG, UTA, Paradigm, WME, CAA & Live Nation discussing halting all concerts and create protocols that best protect the artists, crew, and fans.
But many artists – including Coldplay, Christine and the Queens and Yungblud – have started to live-stream concerts to keep fans’ spirits up during self-isolation. And we should expect many more to hope on the trend, some of which are confirmed from John Legend and Erykah Badu.
And we, at Small Green Shoots want to take note and keep positive during this time and hope all those following are taking care and we wish all the best during these trying times.