The live event industry is getting slammed yet again and organizers are being forced to cancel or postpone for the 3rd year running

Unfortunately, 2022 is not off to the encouraging start we hoped for. Festivals and concerts are being postponed or canceled left and right around the world because of the lingering threat of COVID.

US

  • The Grammys, which would have taken place in the newly renamed Crypto.com Arena in downtown LA at the end of this month, have been postponed indefinitely.
  • Sundance Film Festival will go virtual again this year.
  • Even Florida is throwing in the towel; Jazz Fest Pompano Beach, scheduled for the end of January, was postponed until mid-April due to a large number of employee illnesses.

Costa Rica

  • After a revision to the event hours because of changing government restrictions, The BPM Festival was postponed until 2023, because of…changing government restrictions. The event was supposed to begin on Wednesday, January 12th. Just 2 days before the opening acts were set to take the stage, the Costa Rican government changed restrictions again, banning mass gatherings from January 11th - 23rd.
  • Horyzon Festival, slated to kick off today, has been canceled.

Mexico

  • The very first installment of the Departure Festival was supposed to begin in Playa Del Carmen last Friday and run through the weekend. The change in restrictions, due to a recent uptick in COVID, forced Pollen, the event’s organizer, to put a kibosh on the event. Technically, the restrictions weren’t implemented until January 10th, which would have allowed most of the festival to take place, but considering the organizers have another festival set to begin on January 20th, they opted for the safety first approach.

Australia

  • Restrictions have been reimposed in several states which has led to international tours, such as Rod Stewart’s The Hits tour, to be canceled.
  • UNIFY Forever has been postponed from its original dates of January 21st - 22nd until March 10th - 13th.
  • Singing and dancing has been banned in New South Wales resulting in the cancellation of Grapevine Gathering mere days before the festival was supposed to take place. The organizers have conservatively selected a new date of April 9th in hopes of avoiding a repeat.

But it’s not all doom and gloom this week…

  • Coachella is expected to take place across two consecutive weekends in April (the 15th - 17th and 22nd - 24th). An all-star lineup was announced on January 12th including headliners Ye, Billie Eilish and Harry Styles. Tickets for weekend one have already sold out.
  • Bonnaroo, which you may remember was canceled due to weather in 2021, will be going forward in Tennessee with its regularly scheduled summer dates on June 16th - 19th. The lineup was announced on January 6th and tickets went on sale yesterday.
  • Tomorrowland has announced that pre-registration will open on February 2nd and unlike in previous years, the festival will take place over three weekends instead of just two.
  • And for all you 80’s babies… Hanson has just announced an international tour that will begin on June 8th and consist of 81 shows across 5 continents. MMMBop.