Live Nation and AEG have taken a big step to ensure the health and safety of their audiences.
In light of the current global situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the biggest live entertainment companies and talent agencies have joined forces to form a global task force "to drive strategic support and unified direction ensuring precautionary efforts and ongoing protocol are in the best interest of artists, fans, staff, and the global community."
The task force has recommended major music events "in the US and countries deemed level 3 by the CDC" to be postponed till the end of March.
The likes of Billie Eilish and My Chemical Romance have postponed tour dates this month. Announcements for the Asia tours of Alanis Morissette, Dream Theater, and Rex Orange County have yet to be made.
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The task force includes Michael Rapino (CEO and President, Live Nation Entertainment), Dan Beckerman (President and CEO, AEG & Board Member, ASM Global), Jay Marciano (Chairman and CEO, AEG Presents), Rob Light (Managing Partner and Head of the Music Division, CAA), Marc Geiger (Partner and Head of Music, WME), Sam Gores (Chairman, Paradigm), Marty Diamond (Head of Global Music, Paradigm) and David Zedeck (Partner and Global Head Of Music, UTA).
Read the statement below:
At this time, we collectively recommend large scale events through the end of March be postponed. This recommendation is specific to the US and countries deemed level 3 by the CDC. We continue to support that small-scale events in these regions follow guidance set by their local government officials. We feel fortunate to have the flexibility to reschedule concerts, festivals, and live events as needed, and look forward to connecting fans with all their favorite artists and live entertainment soon.
In the past couple of weeks, Asian music festivals like Wanderland, VERY Festival: Spring Break, and Head In The Clouds Jakarta have been rescheduled to later dates. US music festivals like Coachella and SXSW have also announced their postponements.
Stay tuned to Bandwagon for more updates.