This article was updated on February 26. Anything not listed here is still moving forward as planned and we'll update this article regularly. The show must go on!
It is with such a heavy heart that we write this article.
As 2019-nCoV sweeps through China and its economy slows down as a result, so does its music industry. In the rest of Asia, that's not the case. While the coronavirus is reaching a tipping point in China, the situation is very different outside the mainland and across the region. Still, the west has a habit of grouping Asia together as one entity, which seems to be what’s happening within the music industry right now. Bookings are being cancelled as far as Malaysia as fear spreads amongst managers, bookers, agents and artists in Europe and North America. It is worth mentioning that at the time of writing, Malaysia has confirmed the same amount of cases of the coronavirus as Germany.
While it’s hard to watch our peers in Asia suffer through this and we wish not to raise any alarm bells, it’s important as a news outlet to inform club and festival goers (our readers) of changes and cancellations to events. This information is not meant to scare you; it’s meant to inform you. To avoid sensationalising the topic with a new headline every time there is a cancellation, this is a current and ongoing report of the situation on the ground across Asia. Good news to follow, we're working on it.
Hydeout Festival has announced that it would be postponed to October. The Festival was scheduled to debut in Singapore this April with a line-up that included DJ Snake, Rita Ora, Martin Garrix, A$AP Rocky, Gucci Mane, Yellow Claw, Alison Wonderland, and more. The new festival dates are October 9, 10, 16 and 17 and the event will still take place at The Meadow, Gardens By The Bay. Find a detailed FAQ regarding the postponement here and read the full statement below.
Garden Beats festival in Singapore announces it will continue despite four artists cancelling. Aside from Sabrina Caludio, the latest artist drop-out comes from Blond:ish, who has cancelled their entire tour of Asia. The line-up might be shy of one or two international favourites, but that's no reason to stop supporting your local scene. Tickets and more information for the Singapore event are available here.
Malasimbo Festival in the Philippines has also vowed to keep it's boutique tropical weekender running, and ensuring that health and safety concerns are met at the highest standard, meeting all requirements from both the Department of Health and the Department of Tourism. Grab your tickets for a weekend of music and art here.
WANDERLAND Music and Arts Festival announces it will continue despite four artists cancelling. Nova Amor, Sabrina Claudio, Ari Lennox and Raveena have pulled out of their debut performances at the Filipino festival, but organisers are not shy to continue running the eight year old event, in the hopes that people will escape the atmospheric lull created by the COVID-19 media hype and come out to enjoy great music in a safe and fun environment.
STORMZY's Asia tour has been postponed. Collective Minds has announced that Stormzy's upcoming Heavy Is The Head tour that was to stop in Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore will move from March to November, while stops in Tokyo and Seoul Korea remain unaffected. Read the full details below:
Khalid's Asia Tour has been postponed. All nine shows of Khalid's Free Spirit Asia Tour 2020 are postponed, which include stops in Bangkok, Singapore, Jakarta, Manila, Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo, Seoul, Mumbai, and Bangalore. AEG Presents Asia is "actively working on rescheduled concert dates". See the full statement below:
Sónar Hong Kong has been postponed. Scheduled for March 28 with Stormzy confirmed to play, the festival will move to a later date in light of the virus. See the full statement below:
Unknwn Fiesta in Manila has been cancelled. The festival was set to debut on February 22 with headliners like Hot Chip, Friendly Fires, Hercules & Love Affair, Louisahhh and more. Find the full statement below with refund information. We hope their return will be bigger and better. #MakeManilaDanceAgain
Giles Peterson in Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong has been postponed. The French-born DJ and BBC host was set to play at The Iron Fairies in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, February 15 and The Rooms in Hong Kong on Sunday, February 16 but both shows have been postponed. Read the full details in a statement by Collective Minds below.
Important: The Giles Peterson show scheduled for Friday, February 14 at 222 Arts Club in Singapore will go on as planned. “We hope that as a community, we each do our part to commit to conscious and sanitised hygiene practices. Your health and safety is very important to us. Be well!”
Art Basel in Hong Kong has been cancelled. The art festival, which drew 88,000 people in 2019, has been called off in what is said to have been a very difficult decision. The SCMP reported that “overseas art dealers had urged the fair’s cancellation, and organisers say the unfolding virus outbreak left them with no choice.”