The Novel Coronavirus now also known as COVID 19 is wreaking havoc not only with everyone’s physical health, but it’s bringing us down mentally because of the self-isolation, financially because of all the economical loses countries will face because of lockdowns and quarantines, and now morally since all of our favorite events are being canceled to avoid crowds and subsequent spreading of the virus. Let’s talk about the events that got canceled because of the coronavirus.
First of all – South by Southwest, the annual media festival in Austin, Texas, that has events happening all over the city got canceled because of the outbreak. This happened after big sponsors like Facebook, Apple, Google and others pulled out due to the COVID 19 outbreak.
Coachella has exactly been canceled but the date of the festival got moved from April to October. So while those who have tickets still get to go, if they were planning to travel they’re going to have to change their bookings and flights for October now.
Glastonbury’s 50th-anniversary festival got canceled altogether because even if the situation improves by summer the organizers are unable to build the site right now. It takes 3 months and thousands of people to make a field into a festival location with all the facilities needed. So there’s just no way they can make it happen.
Eurovision which was set to happen between May 14th and May 16 in Rotterdam also got canceled. They’ve issued a statement saying: “Over the past few weeks, we have explored many alternative options to allow the Eurovision Song Contest to go ahead.
However, the uncertainty created by the spread of COVID-19 throughout Europe – and the restrictions put in place by the governments of the participating broadcasters and the Dutch authorities – means the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has taken the difficult decision to not continue with the live event as planned. The health of artists, staff, fans, and visitors, as well as the situation in the Netherlands, Europe, and the world, is at the heart of this decision.
We are very proud that the Eurovision Song Contest has united audiences every year, without interruption, for the past 64 years and we, like the millions of you around the world, are extremely saddened that it can not take place in May.”