Concerts, movies postponed again by COVID-19: BTS, ‘Venom 2’
Live events contemplate cancellations and vaccine requirements in the middle of the Delta
Just as concerts and events have started to rise again, cancellations are returning as another wave of COVID-19 success.
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In the spring and early summer, Americans enjoyed a brief period of live music and movies before COVID cases began to rise and cancellations arrived.
In response to changing circumstances, promoters AEG and Live Nation have announced vaccination mandates for their viewers starting in October.
Music festivals such as July’s Lollapalooza in Chicago have experimented with requiring attendees to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test. About 200 fans out of 385,000 tested positive within two weeks of the start of the event.
But other events that unfolded this summer have led to viral outbreaks, like the Watershed Music Festival in George, Wash., Which this week has been linked to more than 230 coronavirus cases in a crowd of 25,000.
With theaters taking a hit in the middle of the Delta variant and positive COVID tests causing filming delays, the release dates for many films have also been reshuffled.
As the nation heads inland for the fall, the future of concerts and films is uncertain. Here is a list of notable delays and cancellations.
Florida Georgia Line
The country duo announced on Instagram on Friday that they were “so disappointed” to cancel their upcoming I Love My Country tour for security reasons.
“Although we may have seen some of you at shows recently, the continued safety of everyone took a toll on us,” the group wrote. “We are so disappointed to have to cancel this tour, but we know deep down that we still have to make sure that we protect our fans and our team.”
The Florida Georgia Line closed its post by stating that it “looks forward to being back when the time comes.”
After initially postponing their Map of the Soul world tour last year due to the pandemic, the Korean pop group is now officially canceling the tour for the same reason.
“Our company has been working hard to resume preparations for the BTS MAP OF THE SOUL tour, knowing that all fans have been looking forward to the tour for a long time,” BTS label Big Hit said in a statement. “However, due to changing circumstances beyond our control, it has become difficult to resume performances on the same scale and on the same schedule as planned. So we must announce the cancellation of the BTS MAP OF THE SOUL TOUR.”
The Fleetwood Mac singer has canceled her five performances scheduled for 2021 over concerns over the rising number of COVIDs. Nicks, 73, told fans in a Tweeter announcing her decision that although she is vaccinated, given her age, she is extremely cautious. “Because singing and performing has been my whole life, my main goal is to stay healthy so that I can continue singing for the next decade or more,” she wrote on Aug. 10.
The 1990s rap rock group announced on August 20 that they were canceling their 2021 tour dates for the health and safety of all spectators. “In short, the system is still very broken,” singer Fred Durst told Billboard. “While artists, crews, staff and promoters do their best to ensure safety on and behind the stage, this does not guarantee the safety of the public as a whole.”
The singer / songwriter has postponed his tour dates in the United States and South America in an attempt to avoid the wave of infections this summer. “It’s best for me to postpone these shows to a time when we are all confident that we can relax and enjoy the show,” the singer announced on August 10.
On August 14, Korn announced that frontman Jonathan Davis tested positive just before the band’s show in Scranton, which they pushed back to September 25. Further tour dates in northeastern cities have been postponed to October and shows in Darien and Syracuse, New York, have been canceled.
Fall out Boy
On August 4, Fall Out Boy pulled two concerts in New York and Boston from their Hella Mega tour with Green Day, Weezer and The Interrupters after a member of the band’s team tested positive.
“It’s important to note that everyone on the entire tour, both the band and the crew, is fully vaccinated,” Fall Out Boy wrote on Instagram. “Each band and their team functioned independently in a bubble to protect everyone as much as possible at each show and between shows.”
The American rock band canceled four concerts in August after guitarist Rickey Medlocke tested positive for coronavirus. The group also postponed an August 13 concert in Atlanta until October 23.
On August 18, the country music superstar canceled the next five shows of her stadium tour. “In July, I sincerely thought the pandemic was behind us. Now, as I watch this new wave, I realize that we are still in the fight and I have to do my part, ”Brooks said in a statement.
The singer / songwriter has pulled out of the sold-out Farm Aid concert, where he was scheduled to perform alongside Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews on September 25.
“My soul tells me that it would be wrong to risk someone dying because they wanted to hear music,” he wrote in a post on the Neil Young Archives website. “All of you who can’t go to a concert because you still don’t feel safe, I’m with you. I don’t want you to see me play and think it’s safe now.”
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New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, which was scheduled to take place October 8-10 and October 15-17, has been canceled in response to the overwhelming increase in COVID cases in Louisiana. The festival, which had already been postponed from spring, will offer ticket holders refunds and renewals for next year’s event, which is slated for May.
“In the meantime, we urge everyone to follow the guidelines and protocols proposed by public health officials, so that we can all soon experience the joy that is Jazz Fest,” the announcement said.
Houston Breeding and Rodeo Show
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has canceled all of its 2021 events and entertainment options, including rodeo competitions, having already been delayed until May to deal with the current coronavirus crisis.
President and CEO Chris Boleman announced on Feb. 3, “While we were optimistic that moving our rodeo to May would provide a better opportunity to host our annual community event that rodeo fans love and expect. , unfortunately, it has become evident that the current health situation has not improved to the extent necessary to accommodate our event. “
Gulf Coast Jam
The Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam music festival, which successfully welcomed country music fans to Panama City Beach, Florida in June, postponed its Labor Day event from June 3-5, 2022.
In the statement announcing the delay, organizers cited Bay County as the increase in Florida cases this summer and promised ticket holders reversals and refunds.
Coachella and diligence
In January, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and the Stagecoach Country Music Festival, which were scheduled to take place in April, were canceled.
The announcement marked the third time that the Coachella festival has been canceled due to the pandemic. “We look forward to the return of events,” wrote Dr Cameron Kaiser, Riverside County Public Health Officer.
The Rothbury, Mich., Outdoor music festival was canceled for the second year in a row in April and postponed until 2022.
“We need to balance our optimism with realism – and we need to respect the process that is in place, the efforts being made and the sacrifices we have all made over the past year to protect each other,” says the announcement.
The release of the 2009 blockbuster sequel has been postponed from December 2021 to December 2022. All aspects of production have been delayed by COVID, according to a letter released by director James Cameron.
“As many of you know, due to COVID-19, we have been forced into an unexpected long delay to start the live shoot that we are currently doing in New Zealand,” he wrote. “What most of you probably don’t know is that the pandemic still prevents us from resuming most of our virtual production work on stages in Los Angeles.”
“The Batman,” a new version of the Dark Knight starring Robert Pattinson, has been postponed from October 1, 2021 to March 4, 2022, following a series of delays after the cast tested positive for COVID.
‘Clifford the big red dog’
The live-action adaptation for families was slated for release on September 17, but has been postponed to an as yet undetermined date.
“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”
In a domino effect of Marvel’s delays, the premiere of the “Doctor Strange” sequel has been pushed back from November 2021 to March 25, 2022. Its release was originally scheduled for May 2021.
“Dune,” the star-studded film adaptation of the sci-fi classic, was originally scheduled for release in December 2020, but has been delayed until October 1, 2021, and then pushed back to October 22, 2021.
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The horror reboot’s release has been pushed back from October 2020 to October 2021, also delaying its already planned sequel “Halloween Ends” by a full year until October 2022.
‘Jurassic World: Dominion’
“Jurassic World: Dominion”, the sixth installment in the blockbuster franchise, has been postponed from June 11, 2021 to June 10, 2022.
“The King’s Man”
The sequel to the “Kingsman” series has been continuously delayed from the original release date of February 2020 until September 2020, and then again until December 22, 2021.
‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’
The release of “Minions: Rise of Gru” has been delayed for a full two years between its original release date of July 3, 2020 and July 1, 2022.
“Mission: Impossible 7”
“Mission: Impossible 7” was delayed from November 19, 2021 to May 27, 2022, which prompted “Mission: Impossible 8” to release from November 4, 2022 to July 7, 2023.
“No time to die”
The 25th James Bond film was originally slated for release in April 2020, but has been delayed a third time until October 8, 2021.
“Shazam! The fury of the gods’
The “Shazam!” The sequel will now air on June 2, 2023, one year after its original release date of June 3, 2022.
“Thor: love and thunder”
In a series of delays in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the fourth film “Thor” has been moved from its original release on November 5, 2021 to February 11, 2022, and then back again to May 6, 2022.
“Top Gun: Maverick”
The sequel to Tom Cruise’s 1986 classic has been twice pushed back by the pandemic and is now scheduled for November 19, 2021.
“Venom: let there be carnage”
The sequel to “Venom” will now be released on October 15th instead of September 24th. This is the third delay in the release, which was originally scheduled for October 2, 2020.