2021 Concerts & Festivals Canceled Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic
When the coronavirus pandemic hit in early 2020, some musicians and festivals began rescheduling for early 2021, in the hopes that things would be under control by then. But with COVID-19 still raging around the world and the vaccine rollout going slower than anticipated, even those rescheduled shows are being delayed once more.
Billboard has compiled an ongoing list of 2021 tours and festivals that have been postponed or canceled due to the ongoing global health crisis. Here they are in alphabetical order.
The band announced Jan. 12 that they were canceling all 2021 shows. Said the band: "These are incredibly difficult times for a lot of people, and until we can be sure that we will be able to play shows in a way that is safe for our fans and crew, we have decided the best course of action is to cancel our touring so that, where possible, everyone can get their tickets refunded sooner rather than later."
The rock band rescheduled its 2021 European tour to June and July 2022. "Due to current conditions and for the safety of our fans, the 2021 European Tour has been rescheduled to 2022," the band said in a statement.
On the eve of one of Australia's favorite camping festivals, organizers pulled the plug on Bluesfest this year due to a COVID-19 outbreak. "We really wanted to be at the forefront of the return of live music at Pre-COVID-19 level. We feel deeply for everybody affected, the fans, the artists, and the hard-working Bluesfest team," said Peter Noble, the event's director. "But in the end, the health of our community must come first."
The festival called off its 2021 event on Feb. 22. "The health and safety of our entire community is always our top priority, and there was no appropriate scenario under which we could provide the Boston Calling experience you love and deserve," the event shared on its website and social media. "While we are sad to go another year without the festival, we have set our sights on 2022 – mark your calendar for Memorial Day weekend." Ticketholders who want refunds must request them by March 8, 5 p.m. ET; tickets will otherwise be honored for the 2022 festival.
BST Hyde Park
The festival announced on March 30 that the 2021 edition originally set for July would not be moving forward. However, organizers noted in the statement that Pearl Jam and Duran Duran would remain the headliners when the event returns in July 2022.
Cincinnati Music Festival
Organizers announced on March 8 that the 2021 summer event would not be happening due to the pandemic, but that it would return July 21-22, 2022, at Paul Brown Stadium. For information on tickets to next year's event and/or refunds, visit CincyMusicFestival.com.
The Country Music Association canceled its annual festival for the second year in a row on March 2, but noted that they were planning a 2022 comeback. Per the statement: "We still face several challenges that prevent us from bringing our fans around the world the CMA Fest experience they have come to expect. But rest assured, we have already started planning what will be the most epic celebration of country music next summer."
The annual festival had originally planned to return in April after canceling the 2020 festival, but announced Jan. 29 that it was off this year as well. New dates were not announced.
"In spite of our efforts to move Heaven & Earth, it has become clear that we simply will not be able to make the Festival happen this year," organizers announced Jan. 21. The annual summertime fest was also canceled in 2020.
The popstar officially called off her already postponed Manic World Tour on Jan. 22, citing COVID-19 as the reason. "Safety is the priority. I wish things were different," she tweeted. The North American leg had been set to kick off in June prior to the tour's cancellation.
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo announced Feb. 3 it has canceled all of its entertainment events for 2021. That includes the RODEOHOUSTON competitions, concerts and entertainment, carnival, and other attractions and activities, which were recently rescheduled for May 4-23 due to the ongoing pandemic.
The singer had originally rescheduled the remaining 2020 shows of his Radio City Music Hall residency for April 2021, but pushed them back a year to April 7-9, 2022. He said in his announcement at the time: "With an open heart and all the patience I know we have in us to muster, I look forward to singing my head off for you in the greatest city in the world when the time comes."
Lightning in a Bottle
Festival organizers The Do Lab announced Mar. 1 that the longstanding California festival, which takes place annually on Memorial Day weekend, would not be happening in 2021. See what they had to say in their interview with Billboard.
The festival's organizers announced in mid February that the Memorial Day weekend event for 2021 was nixed due to the ongoing pandemic.
The rockers announced on March 30 via social media that their European tour would be delayed until June and July of 2022.
The Barcelona festival had announced an ambitious lineup for this year's festival back in June, but with the pandemic still raging, announced on March 2 that the 2021 event is officially off. "We will make it doubly good in 2022. Because yes, really, we will dance together again… and like never before," Primavera Sound tweeted.
The popular country music festival -- which was scheduled for late April -- announced in January that the dates were canceled.
The pop superstar officially called off her Lover Fest dates on Feb. 26. " I'm so sorry, but I cannot reschedule the shows that we've postponed," she told fans in a statement shared on social media. "This is an unprecedented pandemic that has changed everyone's plans and no one knows what the touring landscape is going to look like in the near future."
The Radiohead frontman announced via social media in early February that his solo 2021 U.S. tour dates for Tomorrow's Modern Boxes were off.
The festival's organizers unofficially canceled this year's event when they sent a letter to the City of Miami requesting that the event be rescheduled for March 26-27, 2022. Ultra had been scheduled for March 26-28 after canceling in 2020.