As the spread of the deadly coronavirus continues in various sectors of endeavours across the world, entertainment at the global scene is obviously not an exemption.

At the moment, entertainment at the global level has its story to tell as a result of the effect the virus has, on major events, concerts, movie premiers and festivals.

As the world seeks to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, it’s had an effect on entertainment, after sports industries and FIFA especially is mapping out strategies to make sure that the virus does not spread. Some measures that have been carried are: the cancellation and postponement of matches.

While drastic measures are in top gear to contain the virus, reports from reliable sources globally, reveal that the spread is becoming more rampant in Italy; apart from China, UK, and other countries that have been hit by the virus.

According to CNN, there are reports that, concerts, festivals and movie premieres are also being postponed or canceled across the globe.

The following is a list of some of what has been affected so far, according to reports from Deadline:


Cinemark has closed all 345 of its theaters on March 18.

AMC Theatres are closed for at least six to 12 weeks as of March 17.

Cineworld and Odeon have closed all of their UK and Ireland theaters “until further notice.”

Alamo Drafthouse has closed all of its corporate-owned sites and all but one franchised-owned location (in Winchester, WV.

Cineplex Odeon has closed all 165 of its locations until at least April 5.

Landmark Theatres closed all 49 of its theaters in 27 markets as of March 16 at midnight.

Regal Cinemas is shutting down all U.S. locations starting March 17 until further notice.

All cinemas in ChinaFrance, Italy, Czech Republic, Iran, Poland, India, Lebanon, Norway, Denmark, Greece and Kuwait are closed.

Palace Cinemas is shutting its 20 venues on March 19 until further notice.

American Cinematheque has suspended all screenings and public events at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood and the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica.


The 73rd Cannes Film Festival, set for May 12-23, has been postponed. Organizers said, “Several options are considered in order to preserve its running, the main one being a simple postponement, in Cannes, until the end of June-beginning of July, 2020.”

The 46th Seattle International Film Festival, set for May 14-June 7, is canceled.

The Edinburgh International Film Festival, the UK’s oldest festival, has postponed its 74th edition scheduled for June 17-28. It said it hopes it can stage some elements of the event at a later date.

The Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity has been postponed from June 22-26 to October 26-30.

The 2020 Sydney Film Festival, due to run June 3-14, is canceled.

The 50th edition of the Glastonbury music festival, due to run June 24-28, is canceled.

The 18th annual Golden State Film Festival will be online-only, and all of its physical events are canceled.

The 21st annual Newport Beach Film Festival, set for April 23-30, has been postponed.

The fifth annual Doc10 Film Festival, scheduled for April 16-19 in Chicago, has been postponed until summer.

Miami Dade College’s Miami Film Festival ended its seventh edition prematurely March 12 after six days of operations.

The DTLA Film Festival has postponed its 12th edition set for this year.

BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival, set to run March 18-29, has been canceled.

The San Francisco International Film Festival, planned for April 8-21, has been canceled.

The Garden State Film Festival, set for March 25-29 in Asbury Park, NJ, has been changed to online-only.

The Sonoma International Film Festival, due to take place March 25-29 in Sonoma, CA, is canceled.

The Canadian Film Fest, set for March 24-28, is canceled.

The 22nd annual Ebertfest, set April 14-17 in Champaign, IL, is canceled.

The ninth annual Sun Valley Film Festival, set for March 18-22 in Idaho, is canceled.

The 19th annual Tribeca Film Festival, set for April 15-26 in Manhattan, is postponed.

The 11th annual TCM Classic Film Festival, set for April 16-19 in Hollywood, is canceled.

The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, set for April 1-5, is postponed.

The second annual French Riviera Film Festival has been rescheduled to June 8-9 in Santa Monica and Brentwood.

The 20th annual Beverly Hills Film Festival, set to run April 1-5, is postponed until further notice.

The annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and sister event the Stagecoach Country Music Festival, both taking place in the desert of Indio, CA have been postponed. Coachella moved its dates from April 10-12 and April 17-19 to October 9-11 and October 16-18, and Stagecoach moved from April 24-26 to October 23-25

The Prague International Film Festival has moved off its March 19-27 dates to an undetermined slot in 2020

SXSW, the film, music and tech festival that runs March 13-22 in Austin, is canceled

The Geena Davis-cofounded Bentonville Film Festival in Arkansas has moved its 2020 dates from April 29-May 2 to August 5-8

Saudi Arabia’s inaugural Red Sea International Film Festival, originally set to run March 12-21 in Jeddah, is canceled. Organizers said the event will be rescheduled

The 22nd annual Thessaloniki Documentary Festival planned for March 5-15 in Greece is postponed, with organizers eyeing dates in late May or early June

In Switzerland, the International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights, set for March 6-15 in Geneva, and Rencontres 7e Art Lausanne (Think Cinema Lausanne), set for March 4-8, were both canceled.

The Ultra Music Festival in Miami is canceled due to concerns over the coronavirus. The 21-year-old electronic music festival was scheduled from March 20-22.


The 24th Webby Awards, set for May 11, is canceled.

Don Winslow has canceled his book tour for Broken.

The 2020 CFDA Fashion Awards, which had been set for June 8 in Manhattan, is postponed.

The Eurovision Song Contest has canceled its 65th edition, which had been set for May 16 in Rotterdam.

The Kennedy Center has canceled all public performances and events through Sunday, May 10.

The 2020 Billboard Music Awards, set to air live on NBC from Las Vegas April 29, have been postponed.

The BAFTA TV Awards, set for March 26, have been postponed.

The 31st GLAAD Media Awards set for April 16 in Los Angeles is postponed; the New York edition on March 19 already had been canceled.

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has postponed the 41st annual Sports Emmy Awards (April 28) and 71st annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards dinner (April 19). Both will be rescheduled.

The 49th annual Juno Awards, Canada’s music prizes that were to be handed out March 15, is canceled.

WonderCon, which had been set for April 10-12 in Anaheim, is postponed. No new date was announced.

The 2020 Personal Managers Interchange conference and Personal Managers Hall of Fame induction ceremonies have been postponed from May until the fall.

The New York premiere of Kill Chain: The Cyber War on America’s Elections set for March 19 is canceled.

The 2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony that was set for May 2 in Cleveland is postponed. No new date was announced.

The fourth ScreenCraft Writers Summit has been postponed to April 23-26, 2021, in Chicago.

Twitter and YouTube have canceled planned live events for advertisers at the 2020 NewFronts, which are scheduled to run March April 27-May 6, opting for live-streamed presentations. Organizer IAB is recommending streaming for all participants.

The AFI Directing Workshop for Women Class of 2020 Showcase set for March 11 is canceled. The films can be viewed here.

HBO’s annual live benefit Night of Too Many Stars: America Unites for Autism Programs hosted by Jon Stewart and scheduled for April 18 at Madison Square Garden in New York has been postponed to a later date

The David Di Donatello Awards, Italy’s version of the Oscars, has postponed its annual ceremony in Rome from April 3 to May 8.

The 25th annual Los Angeles Festival of Books, originally set for April 18-19 at USC, has been rescheduled to October 3-4.

The annual white-tie Gridiron Club dinner, sponsored by Washington D.C.’s oldest journalism group, canceled its 2020 edition scheduled for March 14.

The Royal Television Society Programme Awards in London on March 17 at Grosvenor House Hotel will be held behind closed doors, with only nominees and RTS representatives allowed to attend.

Quibi has canceled its launch party that was scheduled for April 5 in Culver City, CA, one day before the mobile platform goes live. The app launch remains set for April 6.

A+E Networks canceled its live Upfront event scheduled for March 25 and will hold virtual upfront presentations starting the week of March 23.

Comcast’s FreeWheel has canceled its scheduled March 12 Upfront presentation in New York. Fox News pulled out of its Upfronts presentation scheduled for March 24.

Fox Entertainment has canceled its program development presentations, which had been scheduled in New York, Chicago, Detroit and Los Angeles for the last week of March.

Disney canceled its European press launch for Disney+ in London, which was scheduled for March 5. The event at the Exhibition London event space to “celebrate the European launch of Disney+” was expected to include “exclusive” presentations from key executives and creative heads, along with several special guests.

The London Book Fair, one of the world’s biggest international literary events, has been canceled. The event was scheduled for March 10-12. Around 25,000 publishers, authors and agents from around the world were expected.


The Walt Disney World parks in Orlando have closed through March 31. Its resort hotels will be shut on March 20.

All Six Flags parks, including Magic Mountain north of Los Angeles and Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, CA, are closing until at least March 31.

Universal Studios Hollywood will close March 14 through at least March 28. Universal CityWalk remains open for now.

Disneyland and Disney California Adventure in Anaheim will close March 14 through March 31. Disney Cruises also has halted.

SeaWorld San Diego will be closed from March 16 until at least March 31.

Shanghai Disney Resort closed Shanghai Disneyland, Disneytown including Walt Disney Grand Theatre and Wishing Star Park, on January 25. Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea are closing from February 29-March 15, operator The Oriental Land Co. confirmed

Universal Studios Japan will be closed until at least March 22.

In Los Angeles, the L.A. County Museum of Art, the Broad Museum, the Getty CenterGetty Villa, Natural History Museum, La Brea Tar Pits Museum and the William S. Hart Museumare closing until further notice.

The Battleship Iowa Museum in San Pedro, CA, is closed until at least March 28

In New York, the Museum of Modern ArtMetropolitan Museum of Art‘s three locations, American Museum of Natural History, the Guggenheim, Brooklyn Museum, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Museum of the City of New York, the Jewish Museum and American Folk Art Museum in New York are closed.

Brooklyn Academy of Music and BAM Rose Cinemas have suspended all live and film events until further notice.


The 50th Glastonbury Festival has been canceled. It was set for June 24-28 in Somerset, England.

The Rolling Stones have postponed their North American stadium tour that was set to kick off May 8 in San Diego and run through July 5 in Atlanta. No new dates have been announced.

ZZ Top has postponed its residency at the Venetian in Las Vegas that was set for Match 20-28.

Guns N’ Roses has rescheduled 10 dates set in March and April on its tour of South and Central America. The shows now are set for November 8-December 6.

Elton John has postponed a portion of North American dates (March 26-May 2) on his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour to next year. The May 22-July 8 performances remain as scheduled.

Foo Fighters have delayed the start of their Van Your 2020, rescheduling the first three dates in mid-April for early December. New dates for the other seven announced shows on their jaunt are TBA.

The Who has postpone its tour of the UK and Ireland that was set for March 16-April. New dates are TBA.

Among countless regional and national cancellations and postponements, Live Nation and AEG have teamed with CAA, WME, Paradigm, and UTA to created a global task force, which reportedly has recommended canceling all tours.

Country singer Kenny Chesney has postponed the start of his Chillaxification 2020 Tour, which now will start April 18 in Dallas.

The Comedy Store in West Hollywood has suspended all performances through March 31. The Laugh Factory in Hollywood i eliminating some shows and limited its audience sizes to 200 for others.

Hard rock band Rage Against the Machine has postponed the first leg of its reunion tour, which was set for March 26-May 20. Its July and August dates are not affected.

The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville has postponed all shows from March 13-April 4.

Third Eye Blind has rescheduled its U.S. tour, which now will resume May 31 at the Wiltern in Los Angeles.

Sturgill Simpson has canceled or rescheduled multiple shows on his A Good Look’n Tour, which will resume April 20 in Omaha, NE.

Flogging Molly has postponed its annual run of shows timed to St. Patrick’s Day from March 12-17.

Kiss and David Lee Roth have postponed the last three dates on the current leg of their tour until early October.

Lynyrd Skynyrd has rescheduled its March tours dates.

Maluma has postponed his 11:11 shows in Europe.

New York’s Carnegie Hall has canceled all events through May 10.

Billy Joel‘s shows set for March 19, April 10 and May 2 at Madison Square Garden in New York have been postponed to September 26, October 11 and November 13, respectively.

Santana has canceled the European leg of its Miraculous World Tour, which was set for 13 countries from March 14-April 5

Zac Brown Band has postponed the spring leg of its The Owl Tour, which was set to kick off on March 12. No new dates were announced.

Dan + Shay have rescheduled the spring leg of their The (Arena) Tour for summer for fall, with new dates running from July 30-October 31.

Carol Burnett: Laughter & Reflection, a Q&A session scheduled for March 14 at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, has been postponed until October 10.

Pearl Jam has postponed the scheduled 17-date first leg of its PJ/Gigaton tour, with current tickets to be honored on the new dates to be determined. The rock band was scheduled to kick off its North American dates March 18 in Toronto; its next date as of now is June 23 in Frankfurt, Germany.

BTS canceled April dates in its hometown of Seoul, South Korea, as have other K-pop groups NCT, GOT7 and Winner

Green Day postponed March dates in Asia (Singapore, Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong) for its current Hella Mega Tour

Korea Times Music Festival‘s April 25 date at the Hollywood Bowl is postponed

Buckcherry has postponed its March 20, March 21 and March 27 shows at the The Rose in Pasadena, the Canyon Santa Clarita and The Canyon Montclair, respectively. No new dates were announced.

Aaron Neville‘s concerts set for March 13 at the Rose in Pasadena and March 14 at the Canyon Agoura, have been rescheduled for September 12 at the Canyon Montclair and Spetember 11 at the Canyon, respectively.

Sinbad has postponed his March 13 show at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills.


The UK production of Endgame starring Daniel Radcliffe and Alan Cumming at The Old Vic in London has canceled the remainder of its run, which was to end March 28.

Broadway is going dark, effective March 12. All 31 productions will shut down through April 12, and eight shows set to begin previews over the next month will be postponed.

The Groundlings has said on March 12 it is canceling all shows scheduled through March 31 at its West Hollywood theater.

All public performances at Lincoln Center have been canceled at least through March.. That includes the Lincoln Center Theater’s upcoming Broadway production Flying Over Sunset, the Off Broadway production of Intimate Apparel, Film at Lincoln Center, New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera.

The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., has canceled all public performances from March 13-31.

The Pantages Theatre in Hollywood has suspended its Hamilton performances set for Thursday through March 31.

Elsewhere in the Los Angeles area, performances of The SpongeBob Musical at the Dolby Theatre from Match 24-31 have been cenceled. Center Theatre Group has scrubbed performances of The Book of Mormon, The Antipodes and Block Party at the Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum and Kirk Douglas Theatre. The Music Center has canceled all performances at the Ahmanson Theatre, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Mark Taper Forum and Walt Disney Concert Hall, including the REDCAT theater. LA Opera has canceled Saturday’s performance of Roberto Devereux. Cal State Northridge has canceled all performances at The Soraya from March 12 through April 17. The Pasadena Conservatory of Music has canceled all performances through April 5.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella: The world premiere production of Lloyd Webber’s new musical, originally set to begin performances on August 28 at London’s Gillian Lynne Theatre, has been postponed, and will now preview on October 9, with opening night October 28.