Live Nation and AEG are reportedly putting a halt on all tours, both domestic and international.
Billboard have reported that due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Live Nation will be cutting all of its tours short through until the end of March (at least). It has been reported that AEG will be doing the same. It is believed that Live Nation’s shows scheduled for tonight and tomorrow night will still go ahead.
According to reports, the company will reassess the suspension come April, with hopes its tours will resume in May or June.
Artists expected to be impacted by this are Billie Elish, Tame Impala, Post Malone, and Tool. Live Nation are yet to comment on whether Australian tours will also be impacted.
Earlier today, some of the world’s leading entertainment companies including Live Nation and AEG, announced they would be joining forces in a global taskforce to ensure best practice in the entertainment industry as the world grapples with the coronavirus pandemic. You can find their international statement in full down below.
Music Feeds has reached out to Live Nation Australia for comment.
If Live Nation Australia follows the same suit, current and upcoming Aussie tours like Alanis Morissette, Ari Lennox, and Kingswood could be impacted. Download Festival Australia – a Live Nation event – was officially cancelled this morning, after headline act My Chemical Romance withdrew from the event.
Statement from Live Nation, AEG, CAA, WME, Paradigm and UTA
“The world’s leading forces in live entertainment have come together 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 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 (Global Head Of Music, UTA).
“At this time, we collectively recommend large scale events through the end of March be postponed. We continue to support that small scale events 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.”