More than 400 festivals have been cancelled or postponed worldwide due to the coronavirus and the entire music industry is feeling the repercussions.
To help people keep track of festival cancellations, Slovenia-based music data company Viberate launched Sick Festivals - a comprehensive and constantly updated list of cancelled events.
The service monitors around 5,000 festivals worldwide and lets you know which ones are cancelled or postponed so that you can plan accordingly. The data is sourced from Viberate’s global database of artists, venues, events, and festivals. Currently, they've identified 236 cancelled and 250 postponed festivals.
One of Sick Festivals’ founders, renowned techno DJ UMEK, said: ‘Just two weeks ago, I played on the Resistance stage at Ultra in Melbourne and Sydney, nothing seemed out of the ordinary. When I landed back home and turned my phone back on, most of my upcoming gigs had already disappeared from my calendar. That was when I realised how serious this outbreak had become in a matter of days. It feels eerily dystopian. Now it’s up to us to do whatever we can to manage the damage.
‘At Viberate, we quickly put together a service that we hope will help people see what’s going on with the festival they had been planning to visit, and shed a light onto the industry professionals’ income loss, which is no laughing matter.’
In addition to listing festivals’ current statuses, Sick Festivals allows fans to express their disappointment at cancellations and postponements with sad face emojis next to the festival’s entry.
Head to the Viberate website to find out how you can stay up to date.