Summer hits differently this year. No music festivals, no concerts, no gigs. As much as we appreciate the myriad of livestream music performances or karaoke sessions jam-packing our mundane weekends at home, music festivals are surely something we're longing for in a strange time like now.
With the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, Japan music festival Supersonic joins the long list of festivals that have been cancelled. Up until yesterday (11/08), the yearly festival intended to go as plan; however, as the pandemic pushes on, the festival has finally decided to announce its official cancellation via a statement on their website.
"It was our wish to host the festival by following the government’s and the local authorities’s guidelines carefully. However, the government’s border enforcement measures are unlikely to be lifted anytime soon, those International artists are unable to enter Japan. On top of the entry issue, the recent steep rise of Coronavirus cases of who tested positive in our own country made us decide not to go through with SUPERSONIC this year. If we cannot protect the safety of the audience, artists, and staff, then the festival cannot happen," their official statement reads.
This year's lineup would have included Black Eyed Peas, Clean Bandit, Steve Aoki, Asian Kung-Fu Generation, Nulbarich, BiSH, and more. This is on top of the initial line-up which confirmed acts such as The 1975, Post Malone, Liam Gallagher, Skrillex, Kygo, Wu-Tang Clan, and Fatboy Slim.
Organised by the team behind Japan's Summer Sonic, Supersonic 2020 going to be held over 3 days in Toyko, from 19 - 21 September, and over two days in Osaka, on 19 and 20 September. Tickets were priced as follows: ¥ 14,000 (1 Day Ticket), ¥ 36,000 (3-Day Ticket), and ¥ 20,000 (Platinum Ticket). Tickets sales will begin on July 11, 2020.
Those who have bought tickets to Supersonic 2020 will be able to use it for next year's festival or get a refund. Refund details will be announced soon.
Check out the intended line-up here:
As we mourn the cancellation of yet another long-awaited music festival, let's relive some of the fun and great music from Summer Sonic 2019: