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Tomorrowland 2020 Canceled Due To Coronavirus
Following weeks of rumors that major European electronic music summer festival Tomorrowland would be canceled, the Belgian event has officially postponed their 2020 event until 2021. Up until this morning, it was one of the last major 2020 festivals still scheduled as planned, with countless events like Coachella, Ultra, EDC, Glastonbury and even Burning Man being postponed until the fall or 2021.
In an update posted to their website this morning, Tomorrowland organizers revealed that the 16th edition will now be taking place in July 2021. The news coincides with the Belgium government extending the country's Coronavirus lockdown today, until at least May 3 in an effort to limit its spread.
"With a lot of pain in our hearts, we have to inform you that Tomorrowland cannot take place in 2020. We understand and support the governmental order that has just been issued. The 16th edition of Tomorrowland will take place in the summer of 2021 (July 16–18 and July 23–25)," the lengthy letter explains.
The letter does not reveal specifics on refunds, but it ensures all ticket buyers will receive an email with more info this week. It also asks everyone to stay safe at home and follow their local government's guidelines and to stay united even while we're apart. "What we started together in 2005 became a strong global symbol. We will triumph together and will continue to unite."
"Unfortunately, due to the worldwide coronavirus outbreak, these are exceptional times for all of us. In recent weeks, we have had a lot of consultation with the local and national government in Belgium and with a panel of international experts about the two festival weekends we are all so passionate about. It's our mission to unite souls from all over the world, but it's also our top priority to look after the well-being, health, and safety of the People of Tomorrow, our partners and suppliers, our neighbors, the artists, and our team."
The huge 2020 lineup, announced on Jan. 24, boasted big names across EDM, house, techno and beyond, including David Guetta, Marshmello, Krewella, JAUZ, Armin van Buuren, Eric Prydz, Maceo Plex, Adam Beyer, Amelie Lens, Ben Klock, Carl Cox and Helena Hauff. The Tomorrowland website notes they will be reaching out to all slated artists about their availability to play in 2021 and will update the line-up page on a regular basis to reflect that.
Yesterday, April 14, Tomorrowland hosted the third edition of their "United Through Music" dance music livestream, featuring fest favorites Alesso, Martin Solveig and more. You can tune into the streams, as well as past fest sets on their YouTube page.