Coronavirus Cancellation Asia-Pacific Daily Updates: Over 51 Million Affected

Latest updates on the coronavirus cancellation in Asia-Pacific.

Music & Entertainment Events: Coronavirus Cancellation and postponment. Music Press Asia.

Music and tech conferences, concerts, live gigs and other events worldwide have been cancelled, postponed or transformed into “digital-only” soiree as coronavirus, namely Covid-19, continues to spread globally. Over 45 million attendees have been affected and forced to make mandatory plans as far as 6 months from now.

Last updated April 6, 2:13 p.m.

This list is geographically categorized in alphabetical order. And will be updated daily. Know an event that should be added? Email Attendance numbers from event organizers unless contrarily noted.


APRA Music Awards: Australia’s music award. Sydney, Australia. Originally scheduled for April 28 at International Convention Centre. Virtual format is due to stream on May 26 from an unannounced venue.

Cisco Live Melbourne: Customer conference. Melbourne, Australia. Originally scheduled for March 3-6. Approx. 8,500 expected attendees.

Helpmann Awards: live industry flagship awards ceremony. Sydney, Australia. Originally scheduled for July 24. Last year, the awards was held at Arts Centre Melbourne and attended by over 2,000 dignitaries from the live entertainment industry.

Sydney Film Festival: annual film celebration. Originally scheduled for June 6-14. Ticket replacement is available for 2021 event. Reports estimated over 188,000 people attended the festival last year.

World Tour Bushfire Relief Concert: Concert. Melbourne, Australia. Originally scheduled for March 13. Lakeside Stadium fits up to 12,000 people.


Beijing International Automotive Exhibition 2020: Car show. Beijing. Originally scheduled for April 21-30; exploring new date. Approx. 800,000 attendees estimated from various reports.

Canton Fair: Trade fair. Guangzhou, China. Originally scheduled for April 15; reportedly postponed. Approx. 195,000 attendees reported last year.

HOTELEX: Hospitality expo. Shanghai, China. Originally scheduled for March 29-April 1; rescheduled for June 15-18. Approx. 160,000 reported attendees last year.

Untitled Jia Zhangke film: The Chinese filmmaker who made Ash Is Purest White said at the Berlin Film Festival that his next film is delayed indefinitely.


Art Basel Hong Kong: Art festival. Hong Kong. Originally March 25-27. Approximately 90,000 guests reportedly attended last year.

Sonar Hong Kong: pop and electronic music festival. Hong Kong. Originally scheduled for March 28; rescheduled date yet to be announced.

Tong Wars: The Amazon-produced series from renowned director Wong Kar Wai has reportedly been delayed indefinitely according to the South China Morning Post.


FLAVS. Hip hop, soul and R&B festival. Jakarta. Originally scheduled for April 4-5; rescheduled for August, 8-9 2020. Approx. capacity at Isora stadium — over 77,000 tickets per day.

Hammersonic: Metal music festival. Jakarta. Founded by Ravel Junardy. Originally scheduled for March 27-28; rescheduled for Jan 15-17, 2021. Approx. 22,000 reported attendees last year.

Head in the Clouds: Hip hop concert by 88Rising. Jakarta. Originally scheduled for March 7, no rescheduled date is proposed. Approx. 20,000 tickets was sold in Los Angeles last year. Lineup include Rich Brian, Joji, NIKI, Stephanie Poetri, Phum Viphurit, Dipha Barus, RAN and Reality Club.

Java Open Air: Debuting hard rock and metal music festival. Yogyakarta & Surabaya, East Java. Originally scheduled for March 25-27. Bands confirmed for the gig include In Flames, Rising The Fall, Bias, Serigala Malam, Zi Factor and more.

LaLaLa Festival: Forest festival. Bandung, Indonesia. Originally scheduled for April 18-19. Ticket holders are entitled for refund and eligibility for festival in 2021. Approximately, over 14,000 attendees estimated to attend festival this year.


Baby Metal Galaxy Tour in Asia: Japenese metal girl band concert. Except Manila, no proposed date on four postponed (4) venues — Malaysia [KL Live], Thailand [GMM Live House], Indonesia [Basket Hall Senayan] and Taiwan [NTU Sports Center, Taipei]. Originally March 27-May 16. Approx. 13,000 tickets have been postponed.

Download Festival: rock music festival. Chiba, Japan. Originally scheduled for March 29. Reports estimated about 8,000 people attended the festival last year.

Grand Sumo Tournament: Wresting tournament. Osaka, Japan. Originally scheduled for March 8-22; will be held without fans in attendance. Approx. 8,000 viewers can be seated at its arena.

Japan Top League: Rugby league. Various Japanese cities. Originally scheduled through May. Approximately 245,000-plus attendees based on reported figures are affected.

J1 League: Japanese soccer league. Various Japanese cities. All March matches interrupted. Approximately 902,000 attended during this period last season.

The Olympics: Global athletic celebration. Tokyo, Japan. Originally scheduled for July 24-August 9; postponed until 2021. IOC recently announced the new dates, July 23-August 8. In 2016, Games in Rio sold 6.2 million tickets.

Tokyo Marathon: Athletic race. Tokyo. Originally scheduled for March 1; restricted to “marathon elites and the wheelchair elites.” Had expected a reported 38,000-person pool of runners.

Tokyo Vice: Michael Mann’s HBO Max series has paused production in Japan.


BTS concert in Seoul: pop star’s four concert dates as part of its latest studio album release ‘Map of the Soul 7’. Seoul, South Korea. Originally scheduled for April 11 thru 19. Expected to draw over 200,000 BTS fans.


Global Gaming Expo Asia: Gaming business conference. Macao. Originally scheduled for May 19-21; rescheduled for July 28-30. Approx. 13,000 visitors reported last year.


Rainforest World Music Festival: 22nd edition world music festival in Borneo. Sarawak , Malaysia. Originally scheduled for July 14-16; postponed with no proposed date. Reportedly around 20,000 festival-goers attended last year.

SemiCon Southeast Asia: Tech trade show. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Originally scheduled for May 12-14; rescheduled for August 11-13. Attendance estimation reported by event platform, 10times, to host at least 5,000.

Wired Music Week: electronic music conference. Zouk Club Genting, Malaysia. Originally scheduled for March 12-15. Tickets are available for refunds. Estimated target attendance of around 2,000 people.


Wanderland Festival: Music & arts festival. Alabang, The Philippines. Originally scheduled for March 7 & 8. Various reports estimated around 11,000 attended the festival last year.


Black Hat Asia 2020: Information security conference. Singapore. Originally scheduled for March 31-April 3; rescheduled for September 29-October 2. Approx. 17,000 attendees.

EmTech Asia: Tech conference. Singapore. Originally scheduled for February 25-26; rescheduled for August 4-5. Hosts 800 participants.

Hydeout Festival: multi-genre music festival. Singapore. Originally scheduled for April 10; rescheduled for October 9-10 and 16-17. The last music festival — Laneway Festival — held at Marina Bay Sands reportedly estimated around 11,000 festival-goers.

It’s The Ship: electronic music festival on a cruise liner. Singapore. Originally scheduled for Nov 1-4. Organizer has not announced its cancellation but full refund is available free of charges until April 30. The Genting cruise according to various reports can accommodate approximately 3,400 people.

NCT Dream Show Tour: concert by South Korean boy group. Singapore. Originally scheduled for 15 February. Organised by SM Entertainment, One Production and Singtel Music. Star Theatre sits approximately 5,000 people.

Singapore International Festival of Arts: performing arts festival. Singapore. Originally scheduled for May 15-31. Approximately 73,000 attendees last year. Event is sponsored by Singapore’s National Arts Council.


S20 Songkran Music Festival: Festival dates in Bangkok, Thailand. Originally scheduled for April 11-13; rescheduled for April 2021. The event is sponsored by PEPSI. Organizer reported more than 55,000 people attended last year.

Thailand Grand Prix: Motor race. Buriram, Thailand. Originally scheduled for March 22; rescheduled for October 3 & 4. Nearly 230,000 fans attended in 2019. Its podcast are available on Spotify, Apple, Soundclud and Google.

VERY Festival: Music festival in Bangkok, Thailand. Originally scheduled for March 14; rescheduled for October this year although no specific date was announced. Its venue’s capacity holds approximately 5,000 people.


Avril Lavigne Head Above Water World Tour: Pop star’s concert dates in Asia; China, Japan, Philippines, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Originally scheduled for April 23 thru May 24. Over 11 dates were rescheduled with no dates announced as yet. Various reports estimated at least 33,000 tickets were affected.

Bruno Mars Asia Tour 2020: Pop star’s concert dates in Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea and Japan. Originally scheduled for August 2020. Tickets have already been sold out at The Pavillion Far East Square (Singapore), Muv Hall (Seoul) and WWW/WWWX (Tokyo).

Green Day Hella Mega Tour: Concert. Countries affected by coronavirus: Singapore, Bangkok, Manila, Taipei, Hong Kong, Seoul, Osaka, and Tokyo. The band has not announced plans for the next leg of their tour, which takes them through parts of Europe dealing with the outbreak. Various reports estimated at least 8,000 tickets were affected.

Khalid Free Spirit World Tour: hip hop star’s concert dates in South-east Asia. Jakarta [Istora Senayan], Bangkok [Impact Arena], Singapore [Singapore Indoor Satdium], Manila [Mall of Asia Arena], Kuala Lumpur [Malawati Stadium], Tokyo [Toyosu Pit], Seoul [Olympic Hall], Mumbai [JIo Garden] and Bangalore [Ozone Urbana]. Originally scheduled through March, 24 April, 14 covering nine venues. Promoted by AEG Presents Asia.

Madonna Madame X Tour: Pop star’s concert dates in France. Paris. Originally scheduled for March 1, 7, 10 & 11. Reported approx. of 10,000 tickets holders are affected. No further tour dates are announced on Asia’s top ticket promoters including Live Nation and Ticketmaster.

Seventeen Ode To You World Tour: Asia leg of the tour in Taipei and Kuala Lumpur.Originally scheduled for February 14 & 22, respectively. as viewed on April1 is still selling its Japan leg of the tour scheduled for May. Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur sits approximately 16,000 people. Cancellation was announced by its agency, Pledis Entertainment.

One Ok Rock: Japanese rock band concert dates in Japan, Singapore, Thailand and Jakarta. Originally scheduled for March 31 thru June 7; postponed over 18 dates in South-east Asia. Promoted by AEG Presents Asia. Approx. performs 100 concerts each year.

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