Both BTS and Green Day are calling off scheduled concerts in Asia, as concern grows around the coronavirus outbreak. Each group was set for several dates in March and April, but as the number of confirmed cases continues to grow, plans were cancelled in the interest of health.
“We have unfortunately made the difficult decision to postpone our upcoming shows in Asia due to the health and travel concerns with coronavirus,” Green Day announced on social media Friday morning. The band’s HELLA MEGA tour with Fall Out Boy and Weezer was scheduled for several stops across Asia in March. “We know it sucks, as we were looking forward to seeing you all, but hold on to your tickets we’ll be announcing the new dates very soon.”
Additionally, BTS has been forced to call off shows for their Map Of The Soul Tour on April 11, 12, 18 and 19 at Seoul’s Jamsil Olympic Stadium. Tickets are being automatically refunded, as the K-pop group looks to potentially add more dates in the US.
“While we hope that the situation will improve, we must take into consideration the health and safety of hundreds of thousands of guests as well as our artists and the dire impact a last-minute cancellation may have on guests from overseas, production companies and staff,” the statement from BTS’ management explains. “We have thus determined that with approximately one month left before the Seoul concert is set to begin, it is unavoidable that the concert must be cancelled without further delay.”
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Over 200,000 fans were expected at these 4 shows. The dates in Seoul were going to be the kick off to the group’s 2020 World Tour, which will now begin on April 25 in California. Fans are hopeful that the schedule change could mean more dates added elsewhere.
Other artists including New Order and Stormzy have also had to cancel shows during this time with more sure to come.