Coronavirus Live Update: Glastonbury Cancelled, We Are FSTVL rescheduled
The latest news on how Coronavirus (COVID-19) is affecting clubland.
19/03/2020: Glastonbury has announced the cancellation of this year’s festival following the government’s COVID-19 measures. This year was due to be Glastonbury’s 50th anniversary, but it will now take a fallow year due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Yesterday evening, UK prime minister Boris Johnson has advised the public to avoid pubs, clubs and venues in his latest coronavirus press conference. The UK PM said: “Now is the time for everyone to stop non-essential contact with others, and to stop all non-essential travel. We need people to start working from home where they can and you should avoid pubs, clubs and other venues”.
Several clubs, promoters and spaces announced event cancellations and closures today.
fabric in a statement wrote, “While we’re saddened by the whole situation, we believe that this is the right thing to do at this moment in time… Like many other industries, the entire electronic music ecosystem is facing a hugely challenging period as a result of this crisis. We want to send our thoughts out to every artist, agent and promoter facing event cancellations, and thank everyone we work with for their ongoing support and cooperation.”
Tottenham club The Cause’s asked clubbers to take the ecosystem into consideration. “The industry is taking a big hit at the moment, please be gentle and thoughtful over this. Postponement, rather than refunds are the only logical option for many promoters in order to survive this. Your £15 ticket refund will likely not affect you, but in mass, numbers refunds will kill our scene.”
Also on the closure list includes Kings Cross venue Egg London, Ministry Of Sound, Tola, Soho record shop Phonica. Cultural centres The Institute Of Contemporary Arts (ICA) and BFI Southbank shared cancellation notices today, too.