As coronavirus ravages the world, cities are cracking down on public gatherings to prevent the spread of the pandemic. That means artists from Miley Cyrus to BTS are canceling shows. Now, Taylor Swift has canceled all 2020 live appearances.
UPDATE 4/17/20: “Fighting COVID-19 is an unprecedented challenge for our global community and the safety and wellbeing of fans should always be the top priority,” Taylor Swift said at the start of her Apr. 17 statement. The “You Need To Calm Down” singer couldn’t delay the inevitable any longer. “The decision has been made to cancel all Taylor Swift live appearances and performances this year. The U.S. and Brazil shows will be rescheduled to take place in 2021, with dates to be announced later this year. Tickets held for each of those shows will transfer to a new show date without action on part of the ticket holder.”
“I’m so sad I won’t be able to see you guys in concert this year, but I know this is the right decision,” she tweeted. “Please, please stay healthy and safe. I’ll see you on stage as soon as I can but right now what’s important is committing to this quarantine, for the sake of all of us.”
I'm so sad I won't be able to see you guys in concert this year, but I know this is the right decision. Please, please stay healthy and safe. I’ll see you on stage as soon as I can but right now what’s important is committing to this quarantine, for the sake of all of us. pic.twitter.com/qeiMk2Tgon
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) April 17, 2020
UPDATE 4/1/20: Sadly, this isn’t an April Fools’ Joke. Justin Bieber has also postponed his highly-anticipated return to the stage. The “Yummy” singer put his “Changes” tour on hold on Wednesday (April 1.) He was supposed to kick off his 45-date tour on May 14 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, but that’s not happening
“In light of the current public health crisis, and with the deepest concern for all those being affected, Justin Bieber will be postponing all currently scheduled 2020 dates for The Changes Tour. While Justin – along with his band, dancers and crew – has been hard at work preparing an amazing show, he has always put the health and well-being of his fans first and foremost. Justin is anxiously awaiting the opportunity to get back out on the road and perform in a space that is safe for everyone. He asks that his fans hold on to their tickets, as they will be honored as soon as the dates are rescheduled. Information on rescheduled dates will be forthcoming soon,” Justin’s team said in a statement.
UPDATE 3/18/20, 11:50am ET: the annual Glastonbury Music Festival, held in the UK, has now been canceled. The fest was supposed to take place on June 24 and 25, 2020. This year’s headliners included Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney, and Kendrick Lamar.