Artists’ Fan Meeting Events
Not only K-Pop idols and singers have canceled and postponed their upcoming world tours and concerts in many countries around the globe, but South Korean actors and actresses also joined the lines of the postponement events due to coronavirus proliferation.
Ji Chan-wook’s Asia Fan Meeting
On January 31st, 2020, Ji Chang-wook posted an Instagram Story to announce his February 15th, 2020, “Waiting For You” fan meeting cancelation due to the recent coronavirus outbreak.
In his Instagram Story, Ji Chan-wool wrote, “My Seoul fan Meeting scheduled for February 15th, 2020, has been temporarily postponed. I really wanted to meet my fans up close, but I postponed the performance because my first priority is the health of the fans and staff.”
He also added, “For those of you who were expecting the fan meeting, we will come back with a better preparation when it is safe to meet you again. Be careful with your health and see you again.”
Jeon So-min’s Fan Signing Event
Actress Jun So-min also postponed her fan signing event, which was originally scheduled for February 1st, 2020. She announced the cancelation on her personal Instagram account, and she wrote, “I am very sorry. I was also looking forward to meeting with everyone, but in order to protect everyone’s health, the fan signing meeting has been postponed. Let’s definitely meet healthily next time.”
The publisher Bookrum, who was in charge of the fan signing, also made a statement through Instagram, stating that it was in fact due to the coronavirus outbreak that they decided to postpone the fan signing meeting. “We will let you know as soon as a new date has been set.”
Nam Joo-hyuk’s Japan Fan Meeting
Another star who has postponed his fan meeting in Japan is Nam Joo-hyuk. A notice was shared on his official Japanese website that his event that was scheduled on February 8th, 2020, the fan meeting, has been postponed and explained that the decision was made to put everyone’s health first.
Other Canceled Schedules
More K-Pop shows and concerts around the world have been canceled or postponed until further notice due to the outbreak of the new coronavirus from Wuhan, China.
BTS’ Map of The Soul Tour
Global boy band BTS also announced the postponement of their Map of the Soul world tour scheduled for April 2020 to prioritize the health of artists, fans and staff. Big Hit Entertainment said the decision was unavoidable, quoting the city government’s strengthened restrictions on public events, as well as the gravity of the situation.
Previously, Big Hit Entertainment had announced the cancelation of the BTS world tour Map of the Soul in Seoul. The tour was set to be held for four days in Seoul on April 11-12 and 18-19, 2020. On March 27th, 2020, Big Hit Entertainment officially announced the postponement of BTS’ Map of the Soul tour in North America via Weverse.
Originally, BTS was scheduled to greet fans on the North American leg of their Map of the Soul 2020 tour from April 25th through June 6th, 2020. However, with the coronavirus pandemic currently heavily impacting North America, the tour has been indefinitely postponed until further notice. And for fans who have already bought the tickets, they will be fully refunded.
Red Velvet’s and TVXQ’s Concert
Red Velvet and TVXQ also joined the long list of postponed concerts due to the current pandemic outbreak. On February 27th, 2020, SM Entertainment notified fans of Red Velvet, and TVXQ that these artists’ upcoming scheduled events in Japan have been postponed or canceled, in light of the rapid spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in South Korea and other countries around the world.
Red Velvet, who were scheduled to perform in Japan from March 7-8, 2020, for the Yokohama stops of their ‘La Rouge’ concert tour, decided to postpone the shows until a later date.
Veteran idol group TVXQ also decided to postpone its 15th-anniversary hi-touch events in Japan, which were expected to take place from March 15-22, 2020, in various regions in Japan.
South Korean singer and actor Kim Jae-joong’s concert scheduled to be held at Malawati Indoor Stadium in Kuala Lumpur on March 14th, 2020, has been postponed due to the current Covid-19 situation. Organizer IME Malaysia said the concert will be postponed to a later date which will be announced in the near future. Fans will be able to get a full refund for the tickets. All tickets purchased have to be refunded and will not be applicable for the postponed show. Refund details will be announced by IME Malaysia on its social media platforms soon.
On March 26th, 2020, ‘KCON 2020 New York’ officially announced the convention’s cancelation for this year, as the United States surpasses over 100,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19), marking the nation with the highest number of virus cases to date. New York City, where ‘KCON 2020 New York’ was set to take place this June 12-14, 2020, is considered the epicenter of the coronavirus epidemic in the United States, with nearly 40,000 confirmed cases in the state alone.
We’re sad to announce #KCON20NY has been cancelled due to COVID-19. The safety of all those involved in KCON is our highest priority and we thank you for your continued support.
— KCONUSA (@kconusa) March 26, 2020
Meanwhile, earlier this year, CJ E&M also announced the indefinite postponement of ‘KCON 2020 Japan’ until further notice.
That was all the information about the list of canceled K-Pop schedules due to the coronavirus outbreak. It is a difficult time for all of us where we have to be very careful and responsible for our actions. So, what do you think about the impact the spread of this virus has on the entertainment industry? Please, do not forget to kindly share your thoughts and drop a line in the comment section below!