Cancelation Of K-Pop Schedules Due To Coronavirus Outbreaks
Over the past months, K-Pop concerts and shows have been canceled, not only in Asian countries but also across the globe as a result of the fast-spreading coronavirus outbreak that has killed more than 34 thousand people to date and is affecting 199 countries and territories around the world.
Many performances have been called off or postponed in South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau and Bangkok over concern that people could be infected by the virus that first appeared in Wuhan. And recently, other world tours by many idol groups and K-Pop singers originally scheduled in Europe and Latin America also have been postponed.
In this article, Byeol Korea will provide you with the list of canceled K-Pop schedules due to the coronavirus outbreak. Let’s find out more about K-Pop artists postponing their concerts and events in view of the Covid-19 outbreak. So, stay tuned and keep scrolling down this article.
Taeyeon Solo Concert
Popular K-Pop singer Taeyeon announced that she has postponed her solo concerts in Singapore due to the Covid-19 outbreak. The member of popular K-Pop girl group Girls’ Generation first planned to hold a concert at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on February 1st, 2020. However, the fast spread of the virus that has now affected more than 190 countries around the world made the singer reconsider and cancel her solo concert.
ONE Production, the organizer of the Taeyeon Singapore concert, explained that the shows were postponed “due to coronavirus proliferation concerns. The safety of artists, patrons, and staff is our top priority and we will continue to act on advice from the authorities on the coronavirus and take precautionary measures in line with prevention efforts.”
However, there were no further details about when the replacement shows will take place and date. Fans who have already bought tickets will be fully refunded. Fans can see the full details on how they can get their refunds on ticketing agency Apactix’s website (www.apactix.com), which will be made through their original mode of payment.
GOT7 World Tour
Another K-Pop boy band, GOT7, also announced the postponement of their Keep Spinning world tour concert in Bangkok.
On March 27th, 2020, JYP Entertainment announced another notice about the postponement of Got7’s Keep Spinning 2020 World Tour concert in Bangkok, Thailand. The group’s agency had already made first notice about the cancelation of the concert that was scheduled for February 15-16, 2020, at the Rajamangala National Stadium and then postponed to May 9-10, 2020, at the same venue.
However, the May concerts have also been postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus epidemic that has spread to almost every country in the world. And the new replacement dates and places have yet to be scheduled.
We are deeply sorry to announce GOT7 2020 WORLD TOUR ‘KEEP SPINNING’ in SINGAPORE has been postponed.
— ONE Production (@OneProductionSG) January 31, 2020
Previously, GOT7’s upcoming world tour in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Singapore Indoor Stadium was also postponed indefinitely this past February due to the coronavirus outbreak. And those who already bought the tickets would be fully refunded and would be made available in the coming days via the official ticketing site.
NCT Dream Concert The Dream Show
Yet another K-Pop concert has been postponed due to the Wuhan Virus outbreak, and this is a big one: NCT Dream. NCT Dream first announced plans to hold the concerts in Macau on February 7-8, 2020, and Singapore on February 15th, 2020. However, the concerts were postponed until further notice due to the Wuhan Virus outbreak.
According to the organizer, Dreammaker, the replacement dates of the concert will be updated to fans in the future. Full refunds will be made available in the coming days via the official ticketing site.
The organizer has released an official notice about the postponement and explained, “Due to coronavirus proliferation concerns, we are deeply sorry to announce that NCT DREAM’s TOUR THE DREAM SHOW in Singapore on February 15th, 2020, at The Star Theater, The Star Performing Arts Center has been postponed. The safety of artists, patrons, and staff is our top priority and we will continue to act on advice from the authorities on the coronavirus and take precautionary measures in line with prevention efforts. Costumers who have purchased tickets will receive a full refund through the original mode of payment. Full refund details will be made available soon. Once again, we apologize for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your understanding.”
It is really another sad day for K-Pop lovers in Singapore as popular boy band Winner also joins the long list of postponed or canceled performances due to the recent Covid-19 outbreak that hit almost every country around the globe.
Winner first planned to hold a concert on February 8th, 2020, at The Star Theater, The Star Performing Arts Center, Singapore. However, Live Nation Singapore made the announcement about the group’s concert cancelation through the Facebook page, which cited “coronavirus proliferation concerns” as the reason.
Winner’s fans, Innercircle, in Singapore, who have already purchased tickets will get full refunds with details available on www.apactix.com.
On February 14th, 2020, YG Entertainment announced that SECHSKIES’ Seoul concert was postponed in view of the fast-paced spread of the coronavirus that has hit many countries in the world. YG Entertainment explained, “Due to concerns regarding the spread of the COVID-19, SECHSKIES’ Seoul concert from March 6th through 8th, 2020, has been canceled.”
YG Entertainment also added, “We are keeping an eye on the trend of the spread of COVID-19 and placing the safety of fans and artists as our top priority. Though we sought for preventative measures to stop the spread of COVID-19, we made the decision to cancel the concerts in order to relieve the fear over the additional patients infected and to maintain a healthy environment.”
All tickets that have been bought by fans will be refunded without any extra fees. YG Entertainment stated that any additional changes in the concert schedules will be announced through the organizer or ticket purchasing sites.
SEVENTEEN World Tour Concert ODE To You
South Korean group Seventeen also canceled their world tour Ode to You due to the coronavirus outbreak. The group’s agency, Pledis Entertainment, announced the details about the cancelation via its official Twitter account.
Pledis Entertainment explained that “Due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, we have decided to cancel Seventeen’s February and March world tour in consideration of the health and safety of both artists and fans.” Regarding SEVENTEEN’s Ode to You world tour postponements, Pledis Entertainment posted the official notice on Twitter that can be read:
Hello, this is Pledis Entertainment. Due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, we have decided to cancel SEVENTEEN’s world tour in February and March in consideration of the health and safety of the artist and fans. As the health and safety of the artist, audience, and staff is our top priority, we made this decision to prevent any potential harm. Thereby, we regret to inform you that the following dates for SEVENTEEN’s world tour in February and March have been canceled.
- February 22nd, 2020 – Kuala Lumpur
- February 29th, 2020 – Taipei
- March 3rd, 2020 – Madrid
- March 5th, 2020 – Paris
- March 8th, 2020 – London
- March 10th, 2020 – Berlin
Please refer to the concert organizer’s social media accounts for further ticket refund information. We deeply apologize to the fans who have been looking forward to the concerts, and we ask for your generous understanding. Thank you.
The canceled shows were scheduled to take place in several countries, such as Kuala Lumpur, Taipei, Madrid, Paris, London, and Berlin.
In an official statement recently released by Pledis Entertainment, the agency also announced that fans who have bought the tickets for the said shows were advised to “refer to the concert organizer’s social media for further ticket refund information.”
Baek-ho BAEKHO-LIDAY in Taipei
Pledis Entertainment also released an official statement for NU’EST’s Baekho‘s solo schedule 2020 Baekho mini-concert Baekho-liday cancelation.
As the number of patients infected with the ongoing coronavirus is increasing, Pledis Entertainment has decided to postpone their artists’ schedules for both the safety of their idols and fans. Pledis Entertainment released an official statement regarding Baekho‘s solo mini-concert in Taipei and Bangkok cancelation.
Baekho’s upcoming mini-concert BAEKHO-liday, postponements information can be read in the agency statements in the following announcement:
Hello, this is Pledis Entertainment. Due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, we have decided to cancel or delay Baekho’s February concerts overseas in consideration of the health and safety of the artist and fans.
As the health and safety of the artist, audience, and staff is our top priority, we made this decision to prevent any potential harm. Thereby, we regret to inform you that Baekho’s upcoming mini-concert “BAEKHO-liday” in Taipei on February 14th will be canceled, and the mini-concert in Bangkok on February 16th will be postponed.
Please refer to the concert organizer’s social media accounts for further ticket refund information. The postponement regarding Ren’s Macau concert that was announced on January 31st through the organizer will remain in effect until further notice. We deeply apologize to the fans who have been looking forward to the concerts, and we ask for your generous understanding. Thank you.
(G)-IDLE World Tour Concert
(G)-IDLE is the next group to join the seemingly unending list of shows canceled due to the fast-spreading Wuhan Virus.
On February 13th, 2020, Cube Entertainment stated that (G)I-DLE’s Bangkok concert scheduled for April 4th, 2020, as part of their first world tour I-LAND: WHO AM I was officially postponed. The new replacement date for the Bangkok concert will be announced in the future.
Cube Entertainment released an official statement regarding (G)I-DLE’s first world tour in the form of the following announcement:
Hello. This is Cube Entertainment. Our company made a decision to temporarily postpone (G)I-DLE’s first world tour, 2020 (G)I-DLE WORLD TOUR ‘I-LAND: WHO AM I’ as well as the release of their new album project, which were scheduled in the middle of March. After a thorough internal discussion, we, unfortunately, made this decision due to unforeseen circumstances around the globe.
Accordingly, detailed information regarding ticket refunds will be announced later through each promoter as well as the ticket site. To the fans who may have been looking forward to (G)I-DLE’s first world tour and the new album, we ask for your kind understanding. We hope to update you soon. Thank you.
TWICE Fan Signing Event
TWICE has also postponed their Tokyo Dome concerts. With the ongoing coronavirus epidemic, many idol groups have chosen to cancel or postpone their concerts and tours. JYP Entertainment’s girl group TWICE were supposed to continue their TWICE World Tour 2019 Twicelights in Japan on April 15-16, 2020 at the Tokyo Dome after previously having postponed this past March’s concerts. However, the April concerts have also been postponed until further notice as a result of the worsening of the current epidemic that hit almost every country in the world.
Not only their world tour, TWICE’s “&TWICE” fan signing events at Tokyo Dome City Prism Hall that was set to be held on February 1st and 2nd, 2020, has also been canceled due to the coronavirus.
NU’EST Ren 2020 NU’EST REN SPECIAL LIVE SHOW REN’S LIFE in Macau
As the virus, formally known as COVID-19, spreads and continues to affect many countries around the globe, all of the countries’ music industries are increasingly suffering as artists cancel events and international performances. Tours have been canceled throughout Asia, Europe, and North America by multiple popular K-Pop acts.
As his bandmate Baekho canceled his schedules in several countries, NU’EST’s Ren also postponed his solo concert in Macau due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.
NU’EST’s Ren’s solo concert “2020 NU’EST REN SPECIAL LIVE SHOW <REN’S LIFE> FINALE IN MACAU” was first set to be held on February 23rd, 2020. However, the concert has been officially postponed until further notice.
We regret to inform you that “2020 NU'EST REN SPECIAL LIVE SHOW <REN'S LIFE> FINALE IN MACAU” will be 𝙥𝙤𝙨𝙩𝙥𝙤𝙣𝙚𝙙 due to the outbreak of “Novel Coronavirus”.
— SKN LIVE (@sknlivehk) January 31, 2020
The announcement of NU’EST’s Ren’s concert cancelation was released through the SKN Live official Twitter account.
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 Chang-wook 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 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 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 and TVXQ 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!