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How Coronavirus Is Impacting The Music & Entertainment Industry

6 March 2020 | 3:21 pm | Neil Griffiths

Here's how COVID-19 has impacted the local music industry.

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29 May

The WA state Government has today announced that large venues will be allowed to bring in up to 300 people from next week. MORE

The Victorian Greens have called on Premier Daniel Andrews and the state Government to "immediately" create a $50 million dollar dedicated fund for live music venues which are at risk of closing due to the COVID pandemic. MORE

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The Australian music industry needs a peak body or representative which can speak on behalf of it to Government in times of need, so says some key industry figures. MORE

Bluesfest director Peter Noble is determined for its 2021 event to go ahead, this week revealing that 60 acts have already been booked. MORE

28 May

In March a number of key figures within the local music scene joined a special edition of The Green Room with Neil Griffiths podcast to discuss how the COVID pandemic will impact the industry.

Now, over ten weeks on, they return to look at the progress, what still needs to be done and how the industry can bounce back. MORE

The NSW State Government has been called on to name a date for when live music can return across the state. MORE

27 May

Organisers of the Groundwater Country Music Festival have announced the 2020 event scheduled for next month will not be going ahead. MORE

Delivered, Live returns for its ninth installment this weekend with yet another stacked line-up. MORE

26 May

Hockey Dad have jumped on the drive-in cinema live gig train, today confirming they'll play a headline hometown show this year. MORE

Melbourne's Athenaeum Theatre is set to reopen for audiences from next month. MORE

25 May

Following its first test drive (sorry) in Sydney last week, Queensland will debut its first drive-in concert next month with an all-Aussie line-up. MORE

Parkway Drive have officially pushed back their Australian headline tour scheduled for next month to 2021. MORE

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann has been slammed for comments he made today regarding arts workers who are not covered by JobKeeper. MORE

22 May 

While we can't head along to any gigs at the moment, the music industry certainly has kept itself busy with some incredible new music released over the past few months. MORE

NSW pubs, cafes and restaurants will be allowed to let in up to 50 patrons from 1 June. MORE

Talent from the US, Canada and the UK will feature on this weekend’s Instagram live music festival Isol-Aid, joined by a slew of local favourites. MORE

21 MAY

The idea of drive-in concerts has caused quite the stir. Mick Radojkovic attended Australia's first to see if it stacks up to pre-pandemic gigs. MORE

20 MAY

Queensland is getting live music back but it's going to be in a very different format. MORE

After an absolutely huge weekend that involved episode seven alongside Recharge 2020 Festival, the team behind live-streamed event Delivered, Live return for an eighth week this Saturday to showcase some of the best local talent around. MORE

The Victorian Government has today announced the introduction of a new role to help assist the music industry throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. MORE

Mushroom Group and the Victorian Government's The State Of Music concert series powers on, with another bunch of local legends locked in for this weekend’s show. MORE

South Australian cinephiles are luck, with COVID restrictions around cinemas in the state easing next month. MORE

The late-night, live-streamed event from the team behind Isol-Aid returns this weekend, with Kaiit, Clypso and more set to bring the party to Iso-Late round two. MORE

The team behind Red Hot Summer have announced a new weekly live-streamed Sunday session, set to kick off later this month with Aussie legend James Reyne. MORE

Early 2021 is starting to look mighty fine, with Bluesfest today announcing a slew of rescheduled tours for the likes of Patti Smith & Her Band, George Benson, The Gipsy Kings and more. MORE

19 MAY

Despite no end in sight to the current restrictions around large gatherings amid the COVID pandemic, Aussie punters will be able to attend large gigs again from this week, thanks to a new drive-in cinema-style concert experience. MORE

Support Act has today announced that its Wellbeing Helpline has expanded beyond just the music and theatre industries to now incorporate all artists and arts workers in Australia. MORE

The Used have today shared their latest video, paying tribute to frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. MORE

18 MAY

Presented by Delivered, Live in partnership with the Victorian Government, the inaugural Recharge 2020 Festival is a socially distanced, livestreaming festival that also celebrates the launch of the Victorian Country Market. MORE

Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore is set to deliver an impassioned speech to the city’s local council tonight, demanding significant and targeted financial support for the arts industry from the Federal Government amid the COVID pandemic. MORE

Live music lovers across the country are itching for the return of tours and festivals, but a new survey reveals that the majority of punters aren’t quite ready to attend events as COVID restrictions begin to ease. MORE

16 MAY

South Australia’s music industry has been thrown a lifeline by the State Government, with $1 million in funding announced to help those affected by the COVID pandemic. MORE

15 MAY

After being named the 2019 Power 50’s most influential figure in Australian music, music juggernaut Michael Gudinski has shared his thoughts as to when and how we’ll see live music return around the COVID pandemic. MORE

It’s set to be a big weekend for Instagram live music festival Isol-Aid, with another talent-packed list of acts from across the globe gracing its ninth weekend. MORE

The first "socially distant" live music gig in the US has been postponed by three days after the venue was issued a cease and desist. MORE

14 May

A stack of beloved Australian acts will come together this weekend for the inaugural live-streamed Recharge 2020 Festival, an event set breathe life back into Victoria’s creative industries and regional farming communities following a rough six months. MORE

Owners of Victoria's Caravan Music Club have announced they will be moving on from their home in Bentleigh East after being forced to shut down. MORE

The performers for this year’s online APRA Music Awards have been revealed, with some of the country’s best acts set to soundtrack the May 25 event, as curated by Kate Miller-HeidkeMORE

US legend Lenny Kravitz has cancelled plans to tour Australia due to the ongoing COVID pandemic. MORE

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian says that social distancing is "more important this weekend" as pubs, cafes and restaurants across the state reopen from Friday. MORE

Isol-Aid is bringing the party to you this weekend, revealing a new live-streamed concert that will feature some of Australia’s most-beloved party-starters. MORE

13 May

The Victorian Government has announced it will provide millions in funding for the state's creative industries and those who have lost work due to the COVID pandemic. MORE

The next instalment of 4ESydneys online program is one week away, with the hip hop conference set to present a “robust, engaging and raw” panel on censorship. MORE

The sale of the building which houses famous Melbourne nightclub Revolver Upstairs raised concerns about the future of the venue, however those concerns can be put to rest. MORE

12 May

Organisers behind beloved annual festival Blues On Broadbeach will bring the community together this weekend for a special online event. MORE

Sydney live venue Café Lounge has announced it will not be reopening once COVID-related lockdowns ease. MORE

Big Day Out founder Ken West said he believes live music can make a return through a "test event" and it looks like a US artist is doing just that. MORE

Rock icon Dave Grohl has written a opinion piece on the importance of live music and the lack of it due to the COVID pandemic. MORE

Organisers behind annual festival Gympie Music Muster have announced the 2020 event has been cancelled due to the COVID pandemic. MORE

11 May

If you’re still buzzing from last weekend’s stellar edition of Delivered, Live, you’ll be pleased to know that the line-up for its seventh instalment has been announced. MORE

The Greens are vying for an economic stimulus package that would inject much-needed funds back into Australia’s arts industry following the devastating effects of the COVID pandemic. MORE

8 May

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced a three-step plan to get Australia back to a "COVID safe economy", including the reopening of pubs and nightclubs. MORE

Iron Maiden have announced they are "working on" rescheduling a number of tours they've been forced to call off this year, including Australia, to 2022. MORE

After delivering a stellar secret guest last weekend with Middle Kids, Instagram live music festival Isol-Aid has dropped the line-up for their eighth event. MORE

7 May

Big Day Out founder Ken West has penned an open letter addressing the state of the arts industry amid the COVID pandemic and what the future might hold for live music, festivals and beyond in Australia. MORE

After making its debut last week, The State Of Music will return this weekend for round two, bringing with it an all-female line-up for Mother's Day. MORE

6 May

The line-up for Fearless At Home has been unveiled, with Aussie pop-punkers Eat Your Heart Out joining some serious international talent on the live-streamed event. MORE

Falls Festival will deliver an all-Australian line-up for its 2020/2021 events. MORE

Sydney Opera House has confirmed it has been approached by the NSW Government to "consult on the long term sustainability" of local multi-purpose venue Carriageworks. MORE

Thousands of arts industry workers have been thrown a financial lifeline after being left out of the Federal Government's JobKeeper scheme. MORE

Some of the country’s biggest acts have been confirmed for the inaugural live-streamed Recharge 2020 Festival this month. MORE

5 May

Famous Sydney multi-purpose venue Carriageworks has confirmed it has gone into voluntary administration. MORE

Australia’s arts industry has taken a huge blow due to the COVID pandemic, and new Government stats prove just how devastating the past couple of months have been for the sector. MORE

Australian blues maestro Ash Grunwald will connect with fans this month via a live-streamed gig from his home studio. MORE

The livestreamed Delivered, Live show will return for its sixth episode this weekend with more of Australia's brightest and burgeoning music talent. MORE

4 May

Four years since calling it quits, The Beards have (sort of) returned to announce they're putting their last ever show on YouTube this weekend "to help alleviate the boredom of lockdown". MORE

For the first time in its long-running history, Sydney Film Festival will go ahead in an online-only format this year. MORE

After being forced to postpone their Australian headline tour due to the COVID pandemic, The Rubens have today announced rescheduled dates. MORE

The Queensland Government is eyeing a June reopening date for pubs across the state amid the COVID pandemic. MORE

2 May

Pubs and clubs in Victoria could reopen as soon as July if proposed operating restrictions are approved by national cabinet.  MORE

1 May

Music legends Iron Maiden have cancelled their Australian tour “due to the current restrictions surrounding live events worldwide”. MORE

The final line-up and airdate for Stan’s Australian Lockdown Comedy Festival have been revealed, with some of Australia best established and emerging comedians set to bring the laughs this May. MORE

Organisers of Instagram live music festival Isol-Aid have announced that a secret act will perform a live set during the event this weekend. MORE

Beloved communal singing venture Pub Choir have been the target of scammers, with organisers revealing a targeted attack around their latest online endeavour. To keep its community connected during the COVID pandemic, Pub Choir launched a series of free online events, and overnight several fake and misleading Facebook event pages and websites were created by scammers in an effort to steal money. MORE

Mushroom Group and industry legend Michael Gudinski have teamed up with the Victorian Government for a brand new weekly isolation music series. The initiative, The State Of Music (to coincide with the state Government's announcement today of Victoria Together) will see exclusive artist performances and interviews from Australia's brightest and biggest names which will be livestreamed every Sunday night from 7.30pm. MORE

Aussie heavyweights Hilltop Hoods have dropped a brand new track to raise money for Support Act's Roadies Fund which was established to support road and support crew who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. MORE

The 2020 live-streamed edition of the Gold Coast Music Awards were a huge success, with thousands tuning in last night and some surprise guests treating viewers. MORE

30 April


Australian live music lovers are itching for festivals to return, according to a new triple j poll. The youth broadcaster asked listeners if they would still attend music festivals before a COVID-19 vaccine is created, with 57% responding that they would. MORE

Ensuring the local music industry has the means to connect and stay informed, Music Victoria is offering free one-year memberships to the Victorian contemporary music industry. The free memberships are in response to the financial issues many are facing amid the COVID pandemic and will be available from this coming Monday, May 4. MORE

Aussie music festival Blues On Broadbeach has announced it will take its 2020 event online. Following the free Gold Coast event's cancellation last month in response to the COVID outbreak, organisers have confirmed punters will still get their music festival fix with Bandwidth, taking place on Facebook Live from 7pm AEST on Friday 15 May. MORE

Aussie hip hop artist Briggs has been announced as the host for the first-ever virtual APRA Awards. Taking place at 7pm on Monday 25 May via HYVIO’s global streaming platform, the Shepparton-born rapper will lead proceedings which will also feature performances curated by Kate Miller-Heidke. MORE


29 April


Changes Expected For AMP After COVID-19: "The Prize Money Will Be Noticeably Affected"
The process of compiling the 2020 Australian Music Prize longlist is already underway, but organisers have revealed financial struggles due to the current COVID-19 pandemic may alter the next instalment of the coveted award significantly. MORE

EXCLUSIVE: Health Department Doesn’t Rule Out Major Festivals In 2020
There’s no date set in stone when it comes to the recommencement of music festivals in Australia due to the COVID pandemic, and the Health Department has said it’s too early to speculate when it comes to events like Splendour In The Grass in October. MORE

Tremoverse Records, in collaboration with Melbourne’s Box Hill Institute, is presenting a new compilation album featuring original songs from isolated music students the world over, with submissions now open.

Northeast Party House Announce New Dates For 'Shelf Life' Album Tour
Northeast Party House were originally due to tour throughout August in celebration of their latest album, Shelf Life, but have now delayed the run due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. MORE


28 April


Live Sets, Karaoke & Takeaway: Aussie Venues Power Through COVID Pandemic
We’re taking a look at some of Australia’s favourite live music venues and what they’re doing to power through the COVID-19 crisis. MORE

St Kilda’s MEMO Music Hall hosts a livestreamed Mother’s Day event at 7.30pm 10 May featuring an all-star line-up of leading ladies of Australian Music Theatre including Rhonda Burchmore (Mamma Mia), Alinta Chidzey (Chicago), Lucy Durack (Wicked) and more.

On 2 May from 6pm AEST, NTS will host Remote Utopias on their website - a 24-hour radio live festival featuring Tame Impala, JPEGMAFIA, Khruangbin and more.

Geelong Arts Centre has announced a five-part live-stream season featuring Australian pop, cabaret and music theatre performers, kicking off 1 May at 8pm with Dolly Diamond.

Major Facebook Live Overhaul To Benefit Online Gigs
With more and more artists turning to live-streaming as a means to connect with fans, serious upgrades have been announced for Facebook Live including artists being able to charge for live-streamed concerts. MORE

Sydney Film Festival To Join Cannes, Sundance For Global Online Event
Some of the world's biggest film festivals, including the Sydney Film Festival, will unite for a 10-day online event in response to the COVID pandemic. MORE

27 April


Kate Ceberano, Olympia & More To Play This Weekend's Delivered, Live Concert
The livestreamed Delivered, Live concert will return this weekend with yet another stacked line-up of Aussie talent. MORE

Gang Of Youths Co-manager, Dew Process Head To Appear On QMusic Masterclasses
Some of Australia's leading music industry figures will take part in QMusic's QMUSIC CONNECT free online masterclasses and workshops starting this week, as QMusic continues going completely digital as part of their COVID-19 Industry Support Plan. MORE

I Lost My Gig Australia, calculating the lost income from all the Australian events cancelled in the wake of COVID-19, issues another update with the tally now at $340M

Victorian Govt To Support Arts Sector With Multimillion Dollar Survival Package
The Victorian Government has thrown its support behind the state's arts sector with the announcement of a multimillion dollar survival package. MORE


24 April


WATCH: Tones & I Debuts Bad Child Live On Fallon... In Isolation
Tones & I has appeared on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon... in isolation, of course, performing her latest track, Bad Child, for the first time ever on a TV broadcast. MORE

RVG, Polish Club, Katy Steele & More Confirmed For Isol-aid Fest This Weekend
The sixth instalment of Instagram live music festival Isol-Aid is set to take place this Saturday and Sunday, with another star-studded local line-up announced. MORE

The National Film and Sound Archive presents a virtual, socially distanced session of its monthly analogue music event Vinyl Lounge making its online debut, spinning records live on Friday 1 May.

FEEL GOOD ALERT: This Parent Has Opened A Literal School Of Rock In Their Kid’s Cubby House
After running High Voltage Rock School over the past 10 years, Smith has launched Cubby House Rock amid the COVID-19 lockdown, transforming his son’s cubby house into an online music school for kids. MORE

Aussie Music Festival Pays All Acts In Full After COVID-forced Cancellation
In some positive news for local artists amidst the COVID pandemic, it has been confirmed that despite its cancellation, all musicians featured on the 2020 Brunswick Music Festival line-up were paid their fees in full. MORE

Tones & I, Amy Shark and Sophie Monk have been announced as special guests featured in the Gold Coast Music Awards virtual presentation, premiering Thursday at 7pm on Facebook.


23 April


John Butler To Soundtrack Live-streamed Play Reading Featuring Rose Byrne
Aussie muso John Butler has been selected to soundtrack an upcoming live-streamed reading an acclaimed play featuring beloved local talent Rose Byrne. MORE

New York funk-soul duo Lion Babe have announced a virtual tour with their Australian leg being streamed live from Oxford Art Factory’s Instagram on 4 May at 7pm AEST.

"We Have Enough To Get Through Six Months": How Aussie Live Venues Are Coping In Pandemic
We checked in with some of Australia’s venues to see how they are coping as they navigate COVID-19 and what it means for their business. MORE

Local acts including Honeysmack, The Oolluu, Christopher Coe and label head Carl Cox will take part in online festival Awesome Soundwave Live on Saturday

Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre have brought their exhibition Pulse Of The Dragon online, with the launch of an innovative new virtual tour that allows viewers to experience the exhibition from the comfort of their own homes.

Bon Iver Reschedule Australian Tour Dates To 2021
Bon Iver have been forced to move their Australian tour dates to 2021 due to the ongoing COVID pandemic. MORE

Yours & Owls To Support Local Acts Via Home Delivery Alcohol Service
Yours & Owls have unveiled a new initiative amid the COVID-19 crisis that’ll help keep punters stocked with alcohol while supporting local artists. MORE

Alongside dropping a new single, Lara Andallo is hosting an Aussie R&B "Girls Night In" on her Instagram tonight

Entries Extended For Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Comp
The music industry has been hit hard by COVID-19 and so organisers behind the annual Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition are giving artists more time to enter this year’s competition AND adding extra prizes. MORE

22 April


Aussies Tones & I and Rufus Du Sol will join the virtual music festival PlayOn, a three day straight event featuring concert footage captured all over the world 

Kevin Parker, Barnsey, Courtney Barnett & More To Perform On Anzac Day TV Concert
Some of Australia and New Zealand's biggest acts will take part in a special televised concert Music From The Home Front this weekend in honour of Anzac Day and COVID-19 frontline workers. MORE

Illy To Kick Off New Live-streamed Music Series
Aussie hip hop favourite Illy will be the first act to take part in Coopers’ new live-streamed gig series, Live, Loud And Local. MORE

British India, Cal Wilson & More Confirmed For Delivered, Live This Weekend
Another stellar line-up has been confirmed for Delivered, Live, with organisers today revealing the musicians and comics set to appear on this weekend’s live-streamed event. MORE

Due to hit our shore next month, Big Thief will instead now be touring in March.

The Office Star Creed Bratton Pushes Aussie Tour Back To 2021
Creed Bratton has been forced to push his run of June dates to early next year due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. MORE

The Replacements' Tommy Stinson has rescheduled his May Australian tour to November

COVID-19 Has Changed The Rubens' Music Video Plans, So Now They Want You In It
The Rubens have put a call-out to their fans to help them create their next music video as their original plans are a no-go, thanks to COVID-19. MORE

21 April


Troye Sivan, Darren Hayes & Betty Who Join Legendary New York Venue's Livestream Concert
Aussie artists Troye Sivan, Darren Hayes and Betty Who have been confirmed to take part in a huge live-streamed concert by iconic New York venue The Stonewall Inn this week. MORE

Ali Barter Is Going On Tour (Around Her House)
Ali Barter has revealed plans for an April tour, but her latest run of dates will see her perform in various places around her house. MORE

Jimmy Barnes' Iso Facebook Performances Are Exactly What We Need Right Now
If you need a pick-me-up, look no further than Jimmy Barnes’ Facebook page as he's been dishing up performances from iso over the past month. MORE


20 April


Chillinit Announces Rescheduled Aussie Tour Dates
Aussie rapper Chillinit has today confirmed rescheduled dates for his headline tour of the country following the COVID outbreak. MORE

"Thank You With All My Heart": Lady Gaga's COVID Crisis Concert Raises Millions
Global COVID crisis concert One World: Together At Home was a huge success across the weekend, with hundreds of thousands of Aussies tuning in to watch live. MORE

Vicious Recordings and Be Rich Records are presenting a series of free, mentorship chat sessions called Locked Down? Learn.

If International Acts Can't Tour Australia, Now Is The Perfect Time To Bring Back Homebake
Some of Australia's biggest promoters say international acts won't tour the country this year due to the COVID pandemic, so now is the best time to bring back a festival that specifically celebrates Aussie music. MORE

"The Arts Industry Has Been Savaged": Senator Launches Scathing Attack On Federal Govt
Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has taken aim at the Federal Government and its lack of support for the arts and entertainment industry during the COVID pandemic. MORE

Victorian Premier Warns Venues & Bars Won't Be Opening "Any Time Soon"
Speaking at a press conference this morning, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews discussed the possibility of relaxing some of the restrictions put in place due to the coronavirus outbreak, but said re-opening venues is still a long way off. MORE

Parkway Drive Frontman Gives Update On June Aussie Tour: "We're Trying To Be Realistic"
Parkway Drive are scheduled to play some of their biggest shows in Australia to date this June but, like most local and international tours, the COVID pandemic has changed those plans drastically and frontman Winston McCall gave an update on where the upcoming arena tour stands. MORE


17 April


Iso Home-schooling Just Got Easier Thanks To Tones & I, G Flip And More
ABC has launched a daily COVID-response show for kids that will feature a slew of Aussie music favourites. MORE

St Kilda’s MEMO Music Hall has announced two more Live Stream concerts featuring The Black Sorrows and Renee Geyer.

Self-Isolated & Stylish: Here’s Who ‘The Music’ Is Repping For #AusmusicTShirtDay
In a bid to support local artists struggling amid the COVID-19 crisis, triple j announced a special edition of the beloved annual event Ausmusic T-shirt Day, raising funds for Support Act and here's what The Music team is wearing for it today. MORE

Voyager's May tour has now been rescheduled to February.

Missy Higgins, Vera Blue, Hermitude & More To Play Isol-Aid Fest This Weekend
Isol-Aid Festival returns for round five this weekend with more huge Aussie names and even some international acts. MORE

Fanny Lumsden has announced her rescheduled dates for her Fallow album tour.

Head On Photo Festival has revealed its interactive digital program

The 2020 Event May Be Cancelled, But We're Still Getting A Week Of Eurovision
Fans will still get their Eurovision fix this year as SBS has today announced that it will screen a week-long festival of Eurovision, culminating in a brand new spectacle that combines the network's Eurovision 2020: Big Night In! and the Netherlands' Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light events. MORE

Due To The COVID Pandemic, Parkway Drive Are Now Working On A New Album
Parkway Drive weren't intending to record new music in 2020 but with plans drastically changing due to the COVID pandemic, the band are back in the studio. MORE

The Buckleys have announced a virtual world tour, all to take place from their lounge room in Byron Bay.


16 April


This Aussie Guitarist Is Hosting Iso Trivia Nights & They’re Blowing Up
For The Creases’ Aimon Clark, not only did COVID-19 venue closures mean he was unable to gig, but his popular Man Vs Bear and Not On Your Rider trivia nights were also put on hold, which sparked Isolation Trivia, a regular “livestreamed for lockdown” format. MORE

"It'll Probably Be A Year, At Least": Major Aus Promoters Doubt We'll See Overseas Acts Back In 2020
Some of Australia's biggest music promoters have weighed in on discussion that fans shouldn't expect international acts to tour the country until next year at the earliest due to the impact of the COVID pandemic. MORE

Chelsa Wolfe has announced rescheduled dates for next year

Final Radio Ratings Released Before Indefinite Hiatus Due To COVID Pandemic
In the weeks following last month’s radio ratings, the Australian broadcasting landscape changed drastically in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis and the latest ratings will be the last for a while due to the global pandemic. MORE

Steel Panther's Australian tour with Sevendust will now take place in February.


15 April


APRA AMCOS Head Hits Back At Govt Decision To Remove Local Screen Quotas
APRA AMCOS has hit back at the Government’s decision to remove Australian content quotas on free-to-air and subscription television in light of the COVID-19 crisis. MORE

Kingswood, Didirri & More Confirmed For Delivered, Live This Weekend
Quickly becoming essential weekend viewing across the country, live music streaming variety show Delivered, Live will return this weekend with another star-studded local line-up. MORE

Delta Goodrem Joins Lady Gaga's Massive COVID Crisis Concert
Aussie artist Delta Goodrem has been confirmed to take part in huge global COVID crisis concert One World: Together At Home this weekend alongside Elton John, Paul McCartney, Billie Eilish, Lizzo and stacks more. MORE

Ian Moss has announced rescheduled dates for his Matchbook 30th Anniversary tour

Rage Responds To Concerns Over Scheduling Changes: "The Decision Was Not Made Lightly"
The team at rage has responded to concerns regarding scheduling changes that were introduced last month due to COVID-19 news coverage. MORE

That Thing You Do! Cast To Reunite For Fundraiser In Honour Of Adam Schlesinger
Members from fictional band The Wonders in the 1996 Tom Hanks-directed film will participate in a livestreamed YouTube commentary of That Thing You Do! this Friday to raise money for MusiCares' COVID-19 Relief Fund in honour of late Fountains Of Wayne songwriter Adam Schlesinger, who wrote songs for the film, who recently passed away from complications related to coronavirus. MORE


14 April


The Team Behind Beyond The Valley Are Throwing A Virtual Day Party This Weekend
The days can be long in self-isolation, which is why Untitled Group, the team behind Beyond The Valley, has rounded up some of the country’s best dance artists including Dom Dolla, Willaris K for a virtual day party this weekend. MORE

Perth MP Pushes For Motion To Include Arts Sector In JobKeeper Scheme
Perth Labor MP Patrick Gorman has thrown his support behind the arts sector amid the COVID-19 crisis, pushing a notice of motion to the House of Representatives for the industry to be included in the JobKeeper program. MORE

Real Estate have launched their global “Quarantour”, an augmented reality experience that brings fans as close to a live concert as possible without having to leave home. You can check out the interactive mobile web app here.

Sale Of Famous Melbourne Venue The Espy On Hold Due To COVID Pandemic
The sale of famous Melbourne live music venue The Espy has been put on hold due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. MORE


12 April


Delivered, Live Concert Returns TONIGHT: Are You Ready?
Delivered, Live has been greenlit for another ten weekly events - the first of which kicks off at 7pm tonight with a fresh line-up and a streamlined format. MORE


10 April


The Chats, Ben Lee, Paul Dempsey & More To Play Isol-Aid Festival This Weekend
Isol-Aid Festival returns for round four this weekend with more big names confirmed to perform. MORE

Need A Self Isolation Dance? Watch Fatboy Slim’s Recent Melbourne Concert In Full Now
Fatboy Slim was scheduled to perform at Coachella, which would have kicked off this weekend had it not been for COVID-19, so the UK producer has instead released a set he recorded in Melbourne this past January. MORE


9 April


What Happens When You're Touring With Cher & Avril Lavigne When COVID-19 Hits?
That Sucks! hosts Dan Cribb and Troy Nababan touch base with US bassist Ashley Reeve and her husband, Aussie drummer Chris Reeve, while they’re self-isolating in Las Vegas. MORE

RocKwiz To Stream Classic 'Really Really Good Friday' Event Tomorrow
Even though Arts Centre Melbourne’s doors have been temporarily closed to the public due to the COVID-19 crisis, you can still get a Good Friday fix of RocKwiz. MORE

'Swift Action Is Needed Now': JobKeeper Arts & Entertainment Sector Amendments Snubbed
There's still a hope for the arts and entertainment industry to access JobKeeper, but it requires the Treasurer's help. MORE

Gold Coast Film Festival Takes Two Flagship Events Online This Year
Following the cancellation of its 12-day annual festival due to the COVID-19 crisis, Gold Coast Film Festival has announced two of its flagship events will be hosted online this year. MORE

Tune In With Vera Blue For Another Round Of Island Records' Live From The Island
The live-streamed series Live From The Island featuring acts from the Island Records roster and tonight it's Vera Blue. MORE

Spring Loaded Festival has moved its Sydney event from May to November

Delivered, Live Concert To Return As Weekly Series After Huge Success Of Debut Event
Following the success of its debut event last Saturday, the Delivered, Live concert is confirmed to be returning on a weekly basis, starting this weekend. MORE

The Chats Reschedule Australian Headline Tour
Due to the ongoing COVID pandemic, The Chats have been forced to reschedule their Australian headline tour. MORE

Stan Is Bringing The Laughs To You With The 'Australian Lockdown Comedy Festival' Series
Coronavirus hit right in the middle of comedy season, putting a pin in the country's biggest stand-up events including the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Sydney Comedy Festival, so in response, Stan have put together an Australian Lockdown Comedy Festival with a cast of some of Australia's best-loved funny-makers. MORE

Tim Minchin & Briggs Take Aim At ScoMo In New Isolation Collab Track
Tim Minchin and Briggs have teamed up (in self isolation) for a new track taking aim at the Prime Minister and the Government's leadership in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak and the recent Australian bushfire crisis. MORE

Federal Govt Steps Up Support For Aus Music Industry With $10 Million Funding For Support Act
The Australian music industry has received some much-needed support from the Federal Government, with the announcement that Support Act, the country's only charity delivering crisis relief services to artists, crew and music workers, has received $10 million in funding in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. MORE


8 April


"They Are Workers": Shadow Minister Delivers Impassioned Speech For Out Of Work Arts Sector
Shadow Minister for the Arts Tony Burke delivered an impassioned speech in Parliament today when calling for the arts and entertainment sector to be included in the Government's wage subsidy in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. MORE

New dates for The Exploited's tour have been announced, which now sees the punks here in Jan and Feb

US Legend John Prine Passes Away After COVID Diagnosis
John Prine is confirmed to have passed away at the age of 73, which was caused by complications related to COVID-19. MORE

The More Live With Deth tour, featuring Megadeth's David Ellefson and Chris Poland performing their own full sets, has been moved to February

COVID Crisis Concert Featuring Billie Eilish & Lady Gaga To Be Streamed Live On Aussie TV
Global COVID crisis concert, One World: Together At Home, which features Billie Eilish, Lady Gaga, Elton John and many more megastars, will be streamed live on Australian TV screens. MORE

Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (CPAC) will soon connect with the public in the digital realm, introducing an ongoing series of free online programming designed to engage artists, educators and the community during COVID-19 forcing people into isolation.

National Indigenous Music Awards To Be Live-streamed This Year
The National Indigenous Music Awards have been confirmed to take place via live-stream this year due to the COVID-19 outbreak. MORE


7 April


The Melbourne International Film Festival has cancelled its 2020 edition owing to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Hey Musos, Are You Live-streaming Gigs? Here's What You Need To Know
We’ve seen a drastic rise in the amount of live-streamed performances in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, and many of the artists taking part are new to the format, that’s why the Australian Music Industry Network has pieced together an all-your-need-to-know guide. MORE

Fontaines D.C's headline shows will now take place in December, including a venue change in Melbourne.

I Lost My Gig Australia, calculating the lost income from all the Australian events cancelled in the wake of COVID-19, issues another update with the tally now at $330M

The National Are Dropping New Content Every Week For 'An Exciting Communal Event'
The National have announced 'An Exciting Communal Event', an ongoing YouTube series in which they will sprinkle "content from their vaults" such as "classic live sets" and previously unseen band footage into our lives every Tuesday. MORE

Charli XCX has announced she will write, record and release a new album in self isolation

Big International Names To Perform On Special Lunchtime Isol-Aid Festival This Week
After three successful all-Aussie versions over the past three weekends, Isol-Aid is shaking things up for its next installment with a special midweek lunchtime version featuring international acts, curated by Gordi. MORE

Illinois rockers Big Thief's new dates start in October

Popular Perth Live Venue Announces Permanent Closure After COVID Forces Shutdown
Popular Perth live venue and pub The Flying Scotsman has announced it will not open its doors again after the COVID-19 outbreak forced its closure. MORE

In line with the latest government advice to prevent the spread of COVID-19, further changes will be made to the performance schedule of Harry Potter And The Cursed Child at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre, with performances from 15 Apr to 31 May postponed and to be rescheduled

Lucy Spraggan has rescheduled her Australian tour for September

Norwegian heavy rockers Kvelertak have announced plans for a special live stream show, "Live From Your Living Room", but because of time differences you'll have to be up at sparrow's fart as it kicks off at 5am AEST on 11 Apr


6 April


REVIEW: Debut Delivered, Live Festival Was A "Sanitised, Entertainment Extravaganza"
Delivered, Live was a live-streamed, socially distant music festival with the ambitious goal of putting on an isolated show that's as good as seeing one in person - and the result was a real trip. MORE

Thelma Plum has announced her rescheduled tour dates, now in November

Melb Arts Centre Unveils New Series Featuring Archie Roach, Courtney Barnett & More
After extending its closure on Friday afternoon due to COVID-19, Arts Centre Melbourne has today unveiled a new digital initiative set to “uplift, comfort, educate and entertain local and global communities”. MORE

Major Aussie Network Announces Budget Cuts For Radio Talent In Response To COVID-19 Outbreak
Australian Radio Network has today announced it has implemented new measures, including budget cuts to on-air talent and staff, in response to the coronavirus crisis. MORE

Marianne Faithfull Hospitalised After Testing Positive To COVID-19
UK singer Marianne Faithfull has been hospitalised in London after being tested positive for coronavirus. MORE


3 April


Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Updates Performance Schedule In Light Of Venue Closures
In light of their regular performance venues announcing extended closures Melbourne Symphony Orchestra has announced that all scheduled events until June 30 will not proceed. MORE

The Birsdsville Big Red Bash has been cancelled

VMDO Brings First Nations Talent To The Front With Latest Live Streamed Series
Organised by Victorian Music Development Office’s Neil Morris (Music Business Manager – First Peoples), the live streaming series Medicine Songs is all about bringing First Nations artists to the front amid the COVID-19 crisis. MORE

Aussie Arts Organisations To Share Over $30 Million In Funding For Next Four Years
The Australia Council has today announced its revised Four Year Funding for Organisations program which will see over 100 arts organisations receive millions in funding which CEO Adrian Collette AM says is critical for creative and cultural sectors affected by the COVID-19 crisis. MORE

John Butler, Meg Mac, Hockey Dad & More To Play ISOL-AID Festival This Weekend
ISOL-AID festival will return for its third installment this weekend and yet again, it will feature a stack of Australia's favourite music acts. MORE

Due to the current and ongoing global health crisis Helmet's touring schedule has been updated and sees their Australian tour now scheduled for November

The Vanns will now conduct their Aus tour in September

Confidence Man have finalised their new tour dates

Melbourne Recital Centre will remain closed until 30 Jun

Karnivool's The Decade Of Sound Awake will now take place in September

Set Times Revealed For Debut Delivered, Live Festival
The inaugural Delivered, Live music festival has just revealed the set times for tomorrow's event and as well as playing times, the artists on the bill have announced their chosen venues and crew members nominated to receive a portion of the revenue. MORE

The McClymonts have announced their rescheduled tour dates

QMusic Launches Free Online Workshops & Masterclasses
QMusic is supporting, connecting and upskilling Queensland’s contemporary music community through a series of free online workshops and masterclasses as part of QMusic’s COVID-19 industry support plan, QMUSIC CONNECT. MORE

Aussie Festival Featuring Bush, LIVE & Stone Temple Pilots Rescheduled For 2021
The Under The Southern Stars festival, featuring LIVE, Bush and Stone Temple Pilots, has been rescheduled to 2021. MORE


2 April


Are These The Stupidest People In The World?
That Sucks! hosts Dan Cribb and Troy Nababan take a look at some of the idiotic scenarios that have resulted from the coronavirus outbreak. MORE

"These Are Real Gigs": Why Delivered, Live Offers Something New During COVID Lockdown
A number of live-streamed shows and music festivals have popped up in recent weeks in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, but new event, Delivered, Live, is unlike anything we’ve seen before... and you’ll still be able to watch it from your lounge. MORE

By The Sea in Perth has announced its rescheduled date in November

Here’s How You Can Support Your Favourite Record Store During The COVID-19 Crisis
While you might not be able to visit your favourite record stores at the moment, there’s still plenty of ways you can engage with them (and support them) amid the COVID-19 crisis. MORE

UB40 Push 40th Anniversary Tour Of Australia To Late 2020
UB40 have been forced to push back their 40th anniversary tour of Australia to late 2020 due to the COVID-19 crisis. MORE

Adelaide Guitar Festival has been cancelled

Fountains Of Wayne Co-founder Adam Schlesinger Passes Away
Adam Schlesinger, co-founder of US power-pop band Fountains Of Wayne, has passed away at the age of 52 from complications related to coronavirus. MORE

Snowy Band will be launching their debut album Audio Commentary tonight, live on Instagram and Facebook from 7.30pm AEST.

Winston Surfshirt have announced the rescheduled dates for their tour that was meant to start in May

NSW COVID Lockdown Expected To Last 90 Days
NSW's coronavirus lockdown restrictions are expected to be lifted in 90 days. MORE

Gold Coast Music Awards Confirmed To Go Ahead Online As Finalists Announced
Set to take place at the end of the month, Gold Coast Music Awards will be presented online this year due to COVID-19. MORE


1 April


Castaway, which was meant to be held in March, has announced a rescheduled date in December

After the live festival was cancelled, the line-up has been announced for Torch Fest Lite has emerged, an Instagram Mental Health Music Festival

The Teskey Brothers Announce 'Stay Home Slow' Online Tour
The Teskey Brothers have announced The Stay Home Slow tour, a series of release dates for videos of their live recordings though April capped by a live-streamed performance in May. MORE

Multicultural Arts Victoria Launch Wellness Program #DistanceBetweenUs
Multicultural Arts Victoria have come up with a new way to connect artists and audiences during the coronavirus shutdowns, allowing companies to pipe live music, spoken word, visual and performance arts to their workforces via Zoom meetings as a way to combat isolation and anxiety. MORE

Dom Dolla's May tour dates have now moved to October

Gaudion has announced some live streamed performances on Instagram in the absence of live gigs

Faith No More Reschedule 2020 Australian Tour
Aussie fans will have to wait a little longer to catch Faith No More live again, with the much-loved US rockers postponing their return Down Under until early 2021 due to COVID-19. MORE


31 March


Brand New Aussie Streaming Festival To Take Place This Weekend
Some of the country’s top artists and comedians set to take part in new streaming festival Delivered, Live this weekend. MORE

Australian Artists & Arts Organisations To Receive $5 Million In Funding
Australia Council has made good on a promise to assist local artists and arts organisations who are struggling due to the COVID-19 crisis. MORE

A Facebook Live Music Festival Is Happening Today
It will feature a stack of Aussie talent like Alice Skye, Casey Barnes, Stevan, WHARVES, Teen Jesus & The Jean Teasers, Pinkish Blu and more will take part in the event launched by Ticketmaster Australia. MORE

Silver Linings: A Handful Of Nice Things That Prove It's Not All Doom & Gloom
The Music takes a look at some unexpected good things that have come out of this pandemic. MORE

2020 Helpmann Awards Cancelled Due To COVID-19 Crisis
Live Performance Australia made the announcement today that the 2020 Helpmann Awards has been cancelled as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, citing the restrictions on live performances venues as the reason behind the cancellation. MORE

"We're All Very, Very Concerned": Josh Pyke Reps Aussie Music Industry On Q&A
Australian songwriter Josh Pyke says the local music industry is "very, very concerned" regarding the Government's support for it in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, appearing on Monday night's episode of Q&A, which largely dealt with the Government's newly-announced wage subsidy. MORE

Australia's Leading Studio Steps Up To Help Struggling Artists
Recording space, Studios 301, has launched a new campaign to help local artists who may be struggling in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. MORE

Triple J Announces Special Edition Of Ausmusic T-Shirt Day To Support Local Acts
In a bid to support local artists struggling in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, triple j has announced a special edition of its annual Ausmusic T-Shirt Day. MORE

Sydney Opera House To Present Performances & Events Online During Lockdown
The Sydney Opera House has today announced a brand new digital initiative which will present performances and events online during the temporary closure of the iconic venue. MORE


30 March


Our Favourite Moments From ISOL-AID Round Two
Instagram Live music festival ISOL-AID keeps going from strength to strength, this past weekend assembling an all-star line-up for its second run through to great success. Here are some of our favourite moments from an epic round two. MORE

New Dates Announced For Fisher's Headline Tour
Fisher’s first ever headline tour on Australian soil, the Fisher Australian Beach Party Tour, will now take place in November and December. MORE

Methyl Ethel Australian Tour Now Slated For October
Originally taking place in April, Methyl Ethel have announced a new run of shows that will start mid-October. MORE

City & Colour Announces Rescheduled Australian Tour Dates
Originally scheduled to tour the country in April, City & Colour has now announced he will head to Australia in October for headline shows around the country. MORE

Add A Splash Of Colour To Your Day With The Music's Online Colouring Book
The Music has started an online colouring book to help you in these self-isolating, social-distancing times, with the plan to add a new image every Monday. MORE

APRA AMCOS & ARIA Team With Screen Industry To Support Local Artists & Content
Australia's music and screen industries have joined forces for a new campaign aimed at supporting local artists, songwriters and production businesses during the coronavirus outbreak. MORE

John Prine Hospitalised In 'Critical' Condition With COVID-19 Symptoms
Americana legend John Prine is in a "critical" condition after being hospitalised with COVID-19 symptoms. MORE

Foxtel Throws Support Behind Australian Artists With Music Channel Shake-up
Foxtel has thrown its support behind Australian music and artists during the coronavirus crisis with a schedule shake-up on its music channels. MORE


28 March


Live Nation, Frontier, Chugg & TEG Rally For Govt Support Amid COVID-19 Crisis
Australia’s largest live entertainment companies Live Nation, Frontier Touring, Chugg Entertainment and TEG have penned an open letter to the Morrison Government urging timely financial support to the industry amid the COVID-19 crisis. MORE


27 March


APRA AMCOS To Pay Live Performance Royalties Early To Help Struggling Artists
APRA AMCOS has announced a number of initiatives to help musicians impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, with the organisation's response including, among other things, a revised live performance royalty payment date. MORE

Aus Artists Join #STAYINALIVE Campaign To Raise COVID-19 Awareness
The Australian music industry launched #STAYINALIVE today, a combined effort from Aus artists to speak directly to their audiences about coronavirus precautions. MORE

Tuckshop Ladies are doing a Facebook Live show seeing as all their forthcoming gigs have been cancelled

Tame Impala Reschedules 2020 Australian Tour
Set to kick off in only a few weeks, Tame Impala’s massive Australian tour has been postponed with organisers stating the April shows “are no longer able to go ahead due to the current COVID-19 crisis and subsequent Government directives”. MORE

‘We Deliver’: Live Entertainment Industry Steps Up To Offer Services Amid COVID-19 Outbreak
Music industry workers and the crew that help make events happen are now offering up their services to help the medical community amid the COVID-19 crisis. MORE

I Lost My Gig Australia, calculating the lost income from all the Australian events cancelled in the wake of COVID-19, issues another update with the tally now at $325M

Julia Jacklin has announced a rescheduled date for her Adelaide show, which was postponed two weeks ago amidst coronavirus concerns.

Marc Rebillet will now tour Australia for the first time in January and February after his shows this month had to be postponed.

Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre May Be Used As A Makeshift Coronavirus ICU
The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, usually reserved for events like Oz Comic-Con and the Melbourne International Film Festival, could be getting repurposed as an emergency coronavirus hospital and morgue by late May. MORE

Jackson Browne Releases New Single Following Coronavirus Diagnosis
Earlier this week, it was revealed that Jackson Browne had tested positive for COVID-19 a couple of weeks ago, and during quarantine decided to treat fans to the new cut. MORE

Proceeds From New Quarantine Song By Ali Barter & Holy Holy's Oscar Dawson Go To Support Act
After triple j set Ali Barter and Holy Holy's Oscar Dawson a challenge to write a song in 24 hours while they were in self isolation, said song is now available to stream/buy, with all proceeds going to Support Act. MORE

Didirri Announces Rescheduled Aussie Tour Dates & Releases Star-Studded Video
Originally scheduled to take place across the country throughout April, Didirri has announced that due to coronavirus restrictions his Australian tour will now take place in the same venues throughout November. MORE

Dream Theater Reschedule Australian Tour For November
After being forced to call off their upcoming Australian tour due to the coronavirus outbreak last week, Dream Theater have today announced rescheduled dates for later in the year. MORE

Cub Sport Drop New Single As Album Release Date Gets Pushed Back
After winning the internet earlier this week with a stunning cover of Untouched, Cub Sport have released their own new single Drive and have had to push back their album release to 24 Jul due to the COVID-19 crisis. MORE


26 March


City Of Melbourne Commits $2m In Grants To Help Artists Affected By COVID-19
City Of Melbourne has announced $2 million in grants for artists and creative organisations who have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. MORE

PODCAST: What Not To Do On Social Media During COVID-19 Self-Isolation
From self-isolation (and separate studios), That Sucks! hosts Dan Cribb and Troy Nababan explore some of the more cringe-worthy efforts on social media from across the world and try to make sense of everything that's happening. MORE

'It Is Absurd': Shadow Minister Slams Morrison Govt's Lack Of Support For The Arts
Following Australia Council's announcement of plans to assist artists and arts organisations who are struggling due to the COVID-19 crisis, Shadow Minister for the Arts Tony Burke has released a scathing statement on the Morrison Government’s inaction on the issue. MORE

Mac Sabbath have announced their May Aus tour is now rescheduled until Dec

WAAX Announce Rescheduled Dates For Their Big Grief Album Tour
Although initially delayed by venue closures and coronavirus precautions, Brissy punks WAAX have announced they are still most definitely be hitting the road later this year. MORE

Courtney Barnett, Middle Kids & More To Play ISOL-AID Insta Live Fest This Weekend
The “socially (media) distanced music festival” ISOL-AID Insta Live Fest is returning after a successful debut this past weekend and now the full second line-up of 74 artist has been released. MORE

There Are A Stack Of Bars And Pubs Doing Takeaway Booze And Food
State Governments have given restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes some wiggle room to keep the revenue they so desperately need right now flowing after the Federal Government forced their closure trying to slow the spread of the coronavirus. MORE

Helen Reddy Biopic Release Delayed Following Cinema Closures
The general theatrical release of Helen Reddy biopic I Am Woman has been delayed "due to the closure of cinemas and in the interests of the health and well-being of our community". MORE

This Year's APRA Music Awards To Be Streamed Online For First Time Ever
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been announced that this year's APRA Music Awards will be streamed online, rather than its usual live format. MORE

Hope D has postponed her upcoming single tour that was set for April, and has rescheduled the shows for October.

Streaming In Self Isolation Round Two: Give These Aussie Albums A Spin
The team here at The Music have pulled together our favourite Australian albums from right now, the past 10 years and of all-time in case you're looking for new tracks to add to your playlists. MORE

Umbrella Festival - a major, multi-week, open-access live music celebration of gigs across music venues in SA - will be rescheduled to start 18 Sep (after previously being slated to being 17 Jul) 

Foxtel have announced that from today until 31 May they've pretty much opened the keys to Foxtel for existing customers and you get access to a whole lot extra for nothing 


25 March


WATCH: Stacks Of Aus Musos Have Teamed Up For A Brilliant ‘Untouched’ Cover
Local legends Cub Sport have teamed up with a stack of musos across the country for an absolutely stellar rendition of The Veronicas' Untouched. MORE

‘We Must Do All We Can’: Aus Council Announces Financial Support To The Arts
The Australia Council has announced plans to assist artists, arts practitioners, arts groups and arts organisations who are struggling due to the COVID-19 crisis. MORE

Big Pineapple Music Festival Confirms Line-up For Rescheduled 2020 Event
Organisers of Sunshine Coast event Big Pineapple Music Festival have announced the line-up for this year’s rescheduled event has remained largely the same. MORE

Hinds have pushed back their intended April album release to 5 Jun

ATTN Aussie Artists: Selling Merch Just Got A Lot Easier
An all-Australian print-on-demand drop shipping website will launch this Friday to help local acts raise funds amid the COVID-19 crisis. MORE

Grey Daze, Chester Bennington’s pre-Linkin Park band, have rescheduled their album's release to 26 Jun due to the COVID-19 crisis, but the album will be live streamed in its entirety via a series of fan-hosted, worldwide listening parties on its original release date of 10 Apr across a variety of online platforms.

Jack River, Polish Club, Alice Skye And More Announced On #EarthHourLive Line-up
World Wide Fund for Nature's Earth Hour is going online this 25 Mar, the global environmental movement changing its usual tack to keep people connected during the COVID-19 crisis. MORE

Makers Of 'RocKwiz' To Livestream Music Events From St Kilda Venue
MEMO Music Hall in St Kilda has partnered with Renegade Films, the makers of RocKwiz, to livestream music events. MORE

Major Radio Network Responds To Calls For More Aussie Music: 'We Are All In This Together'
One of the country’s largest commercial radio broadcasters has responded to calls from the Australian music industry to play more local artists amid the COVID-19 crisis. MORE

Inertia, To Octavia and Alt’s The Autumn tour, which was scheduled to kick off late April and take on Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney, has been cancelled

Hideous Sun Demon have postponed their Australian tour (and teased new music in the process)


24 March


WA Premier Mark McGowan has announced Perth's Optus Stadium, which at this time of year would normally be featuring AFL matches and only last month hosted Queen & Adam Lambert, has transformed into a critical incident centre for Police to coordinate their response to COVID-19

Bandcamp issued an update from the period when 100% of sales would go directly to artists - sales for the period ended up totalling over A$7 million

Moon Dog Brewery brewery and bar in Preston has not only been churning out heaps of beer which you can find at bottle-os, but have launched a contactless drive-thru take away food and beers

Remember how Pub Choir had to move from the pub to the couch because of all the COVID-19 restrictions? You can check out the end result of that endeavour here.

Adelaide Cabaret Festival has been cancelled

The Lounge Room Sessions, a new platform launched by Riverboats Music Festival, has announced its first line-up of performers, which kicks off tomorrow.

"Every Song Counts!" APRA AMCOS Head Backs Calls For More Aussie Music On Radio
APRA AMCOS is calling on radio stations across the country to play more local music as a means of supporting Australian artists amid the COVID-19 crisis. MORE

How Do The Govt Stimulus Measures Work For The Aussie Music Industry?
Tom Harris, Managing Director of music and entertainment business management and accounting services specialist White Sky, outlines how some measures can specifically be applied to the music industry. MORE

DMA'S Push Back New Album Release Date: 'Hope You're Safe'
DMA'S have announced they have been forced to postpone the release of their new album, THE GLOW "due to everything that’s going on in the world". MORE

KOTA The Friend Has Rescheduled The Australian Leg Of The Foto Tour
Brooklyn-born rapper KOTA The Friend has announced that rather than cancelling the Australian and New Zealand legs of his Foto tour, the dates will be moved to December. MORE

Stormzy Announces Rescheduled Aussie Tour Dates
UK heavyweight Stormzy has announced he will head to Australia in late 2020 after being forced to postpone shows due to the coronavirus outbreak. MORE

HAIM Postpone Album Release & Australian Tour Plans
HAIM took to their socials today to announce that due to coronavirus, the release of their new album, which was originally slated for an April release, will now be delayed, as well as a planned but yet to be announced Australian tour. MORE

Bello Winter Music Festival Cancels 2020 Event
Organisers of beloved NSW event Bello Winter Music have cancelled this year’s edition due to the “unprecedented circumstances” surrounding COVID-19. MORE

Billy Bragg announces his rescheduled dates for his Aus tour

Father John Misty has released a live album Off-Key In Hamburg via Bandcamp, while Chad VanGaalen has released a compilation of unreleased B-sides and rarities, and both will have all proceeds from the album donated to MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund


23 March


Vance Joy Is Live Streaming A Gig From His Home Tomorrow Morning
After Coldplay’s Chris Martin, John Legend and more, Aussie singer-songwriter Vance Joy will take part in virtual event series #TogetherAtHome. MORE

Streaming In Self Isolation: Here Are Some Aussie Tracks We Reckon You'll Love
The team here at The Music have pulled together our favourite Australian songs from right now, the past 10 years and of all-time in case you're looking for new tracks to add to your playlists. MORE

Help Support Australia's Venues While They Can't Support Themselves
Here's how you can consider showing a bit of support during the enforced lockdown of pubs and live music venues. MORE

G. Love's solo Aus tour has been cancelled

The Iron Maidens have announced their rescheduled dates for their Aus tour, which will now be in September.

Jeff Martin Announces Rescheduled Dates For National Tour
Jeff Martin has now announced the new dates for his Set In Stone tour. MORE

EXCLUSIVE: ISOL-AID Instagram Live Festival To Go Again This Weekend
Following events this past Saturday and Sunday with sets from the likes of Stella Donnelly, Julia Jacklin and Angie McMahon, Aussie favourites including Jen Cloher, EGOISM, Emily Wurramara and Loose Tooth will perform for fans on the “socially (media) distanced music festival” when ISOL-AID returns this Saturday. MORE

Tim Minchin Announces Rescheduled Australian Tour Dates
Originally set to start this month, the remainder of Tim Minchin's shows will now go ahead in January. MORE

Biennale Of Sydney has issued a media release stating it is closing its public exhibitions from 24 Mar as it moves to a digital experience

Production On Baz Luhrmann's Elvis Biopic Halted After Tom Hanks' Coronavirus Diagnosis
Director Baz Luhrmann has confirmed over the weekend that production on his Elvis Presley biopic has been suspended just weeks after star Tom Hanks confirmed he and Rita Wilson had been tested positive for coronavirus. MORE

Sydney Fringe Festival, New South Wales’ largest independent arts festival, sent out a media release announcing today that the 2020 Festival will go ahead

Caligula's Horse have been forced to postpone their May and June North American tour

Pubs, Clubs & Entertainment Venues To Shut At Midday Today
In case you missed the announcement over the weekend, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced a number of businesses around the country will be forced to shut down today in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus. MORE


20 March


Bandcamp Have Waived Their Purchase Fees So You Should Buy A Tonne Of Aus Merch
As you know, coronavirus cancellations and closures have hamstrung the local music community, but RIGHT NOW until 5pm AEST Saturday Bandcamp are temporarily waiving their usual cut for purchases made through their site. MORE

Blues On Broadbeach Cancels 2020 Event: 'We Look Forward To Seeing You Next Year'
Blues On Broadbeach has been forced to cancel its 2020 event due to the coronavirus outbreak, but vows to return next year to celebrate its 20th anniversary. MORE

The Drop Festival has announced the cancellation of its remaining events

The Tivoli in Brisbane, having already announced it was closing until 1 May, is keeping the music going between now and when it reopens it doors by curating a series of live-streamed gigs called the Shutdown Series

I Lost My Gig Australia, calculating the lost income from all the Australian events cancelled in the wake of COVID-19, issues another update with the tally now at $250M

PM Announces Strictest Rules Yet For Venues During Coronavirus Crisis
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced further restrictions around indoor gatherings amid the COVID-19 crisis. MORE

Aussie Music Body To Provide Cash Advances For Artists Amid COVID-19 Crisis
Australian licensing organisation PPCA will introduce an emergency special policy to provide one off advances for PPCA Registered Artists. MORE

The Australian seasons of Dolly Parton’s musical 9 To 5 will be postponed

'The Govt Will Need To Do More': Opposition Leader Calls For Support For Arts Industry
Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese has urged the Government to provide support for the arts and entertainment industry in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. MORE

Crashdiet and Jizzy Pearl move their May tour to November

In the wake of its cancellation, Melbourne International Comedy Festival has implemented a donation process to allow ticketholders to contribute directly to artists

Music Industry Sends Out An SOS - Here's How You Can Help
Today sees the launch of the #SoundOfSilenceau initiative, calling for people to support music industry workers though the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. MORE

Iron Maiden Postpone Australian Tour: 'These Are Difficult Times For Us All'
Iron Maiden are the latest band to postpone an upcoming Australia tour due to the coronavirus outbreak, scheduled to tour the country in May alongside special guests, Killswitch Engage. MORE

Up In The Airlock is a live in the studio performance series recorded at Airlock Studios and will launch in April with "The Quarantine Sessions", with two sets from WAAX.

The Endless Boogie and Howlin' Rain double bill dates have been rescheduled until October

Choclate Stafish's Adam Thompson postpones his his Bohemian Rhapsody regional tour

Triple J Announces That There 'Won’t Be A New Like A Version For The Foreseeable Future'
Triple j have today announced Like A Version segment will be taking a break "Due to all the craziness that’s going on right now".  MORE


19 March


Stella Donnelly, Julia Jacklin & More Team Up For Epic Instagram Live Music Festival
If your weekend plans have been wiped out due to COVID-19, the Australian music scene has you covered, with some of the country’s best emerging and established acts joining forces for an Instagram-based live music festival. MORE

Support Act Aiming To Reach $20 Million With COVID-19 Emergency Appeal
Local music charity Support Act has set a target of $20 million for its COVID-19 Emergency Appeal which is aiming to raise money for workers in the music industry affected by the coronavirus outbreak. MORE

2020 Paddock Sessions has been cancelled

Montreal outfit Rosier have cancelled their Australian tour

The Show Goes On: Here’s What Artists Are Doing During COVID-19 Self-Isolation
Musicians are a creative bunch and even during the self-isolation surrounding COVID-19 they are finding ways to connect with fans and entertain themselves. Here’s just a glimpse at how some of your favourite artists are operating amid the crisis. MORE

I Lost My Gig Australia, calculating the lost income from all the Australian events cancelled in the wake of COVID-19, passes $200M

So Pop's April And May Events Cancelled
Billed as the ultimate pop concert, some of the biggest pop icons of the '90s and '00s - including The Pussycat Dolls, Jesse McCartney, Smash Mouth and Steps - were to perform in April And May as part of a So Pop national arena tour. MORE

Life Of Agony and Doyle Aus tour postponed until September

Ocean Grove Member Tests Positive For Coronavirus
Melbourne band Ocean Grove have announced that a member has been tested positive for coronavirus. MORE

Australian representative Montaigne has posted to social media about her reaction to the cancellation of Eurovision because of COVID-19

All Palace Cinemas locations are temporarily closed from today

Boogie Festival reschedules to October

Homebodies: Things To Keep You Busy In Lock-Down
If you’ve found yourself suddenly locked up in the house and you’re a little worried that chasing moonbeams isn’t going to cut it, here are few pastimes to keep you busy doing nothing. MORE

Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale's Low Light Festival has been cancelled

The Kite String Tangle postpones his album launch tour

'How Long Can We Survive?' Tour Cancellations Impacting Major Aussie Venue
John "JC" Collins, owner of The Triffid and co-owner of Fortitude Music Hall in Brisbane, has revealed that because no shows are taking place right now, there is currently no revenue coming in at all. MORE

Want To Help Musicians Through The COVID Crisis? The Cat Empire Have An Idea
The Cat Empire have announced the 'Lockdown Get Down' initiative and all it involves is you streaming more music. MORE

COVID-19 Outbreak Forces Cancellation Of 2020 Eurovision Contest
The 2020 Eurovision Song Contest has been cancelled due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in Europe. MORE

Yarra Valley Writers Festival isn't cancelling but changing the way they share the stories in a day of live streamed talks, conversations and performances on 9 May

Teenage Bottlerocket postpone Aus tour


18 March


Glastonbury Festival cancelled 'this will be an enforced fallow year for the Festival.'

Brisbane venue The Zoo is closing their doors "for a bit"

The Sydney and Brisbane iterations of Crowbar are closing this week and next

Iconic venue The Tivoli closes until 1 May at the earliest

Alex The Astronaut cancels her first band tour

Peak Festival in Perisher cancelled

#KeepYourTicket Support Artists Australian Music Scene COVID-19 Crisis
One simple act that will go a long way is to #KeepYourTicket. MORE

Both Sydney Comedy Festival and Perth Comedy Festival have been cancelled

King Gizz Cancel Screenings Of Their Film, Hint At New Music Incoming
As well as being forced to postponing all April/May dates of their upcoming tour of the US and Europe, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have had to cancel two sold-out Astor screenings of their new film, Chunky Shrapnel. MORE

Following Groovin The Moo's cancellation, Bhad Babie and Channel Tres sideshows are cancelled

Alice Springs' Parrtjima – A Festival in Light has been rescheduled to 11-20 Sep

Darwin’s BASSINTHEGRASS Music Festival Confirms New Date For 2020 Event
The Northern Territory's largest music festival, Bassinthegrass, has announced that it will be shifting to a later date in the year. MORE

Aus Radio Stations & Streamers Urged To Play More Local Music Amid COVID-19 Crisis
Pressure is being placed on Australian radio stations and streaming services to support local artists more amid the COVID-19 crisis. MORE

John 5 Reschedules 2020 Australian Tour
Metal legend John 5 has announced he has rescheduled his Australian tour due to the Government's current ban on mass gatherings of over 500 people. MORE

Big Country Festival rescheduled until September

LISTEN: With COVID-19 Shutting Down Australia, What's Next For The Music Industry?
In this special episode of The Green Room podcast, host Neil Griffiths speaks with a number of key figures within the local music industry about the impact COVID-19. MORE

BREAKING: PM Scott Morrison Announces Ban On Indoor Gatherings Of Over 100 People
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced a number of strategies to be implemented across Australia today in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus, including a ban on indoor gatherings of over 100 people. MORE

Private Function cancel upcoming shows

Melbourne jazz venue Bird's Basement closes until further notice

2020 Melbourne International Jazz Festival cancelled

The Barunga Festival postponed until September

Children Collide postpone upcoming shows

Kwame Cancels 'Please, Get Home Safe' National Tour
Kwame has announced that due to the issues surrounding COVID-19, the Western Sydney rapper and producer's Please, Get Home Safe tour will no longer be going ahead. MORE


17 March


New Fundraiser Launched To Support Music Industry Workers In Crisis
Support Act has joined forces with singer-songwriter Angie McMahon, artist manager Charlotte Abroms and sound engineer Jono Steer to launch a fundraiser that will assist music industry workers who need support amid the coronavirus crisis. MORE

'The Live Music World Is Facing Annihilation'; Melbourne Bar Owner's Call For Action
In the face of the devastating effects the revenue loss due to coronavirus presents to the nation's gig economy, Bar Open owner Jon Perring has made a statement addressing the dire straits that some of the most vulnerable people who comprise our industry - the "bartenders, musicians, sound engineers, cleaners" - are now navigating. MORE

Music Industry Conducts Roundtable With Govt On Impact Of Coronavirus
The music industry has today taken part in a virtual roundtable established by the Morrison Government to deal with the impacts of the coronavirus. MORE

Eddy Current Suppression Ring forced to cancel shows

Revamped Perth venue Maggie's postpones its opening

Underground Lovers cancel their Melbourne show

Poolroom. cancels upcoming Melbourne and Brisbane shows

Rock The Turf postponed

In the wake of Bluesfest cancelling, all sideshows presented by Bluesfest Touring will not proceed

Mojo Burning related sideshows for Deville and Fuzz Invaders cancelled, while Kadavar postponed until next year

Jeff Martin Postpones 'Set In Stone' Australian Tour
Due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, The Tea Party’s Jeff Martin has today postponed his upcoming 27-date Australian tour, with plans to reschedule the shows for later this year. MORE

Pub Choir Move To The Couch Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
Beloved communal singing venture Pub Choir have decided the show must go on despite the current pandemic, announcing their plan for Couch Choir. MORE

Queensland Performing Arts Centre closes all its venues until 30 Apr

Dream Theater postpone Aus tour

Violent Soho Delay Album Tour Announce, Drop New Video Instead
Violent Soho have dropped a new vid for their latest track, Pick It Up Again. In a statement released today, the Queensland four-piece announced that the video comes in place of a tour announcement for their fifth album Everything Is A-OK, with the national run put on hold due to the spread of COVID-19. MORE

Lizotte's Newcastle closes until 15 Apr

Groovin The Moo sideshows from Supergrass postponed

Groovin The Moo 2020 Has Been Cancelled
Groovin The Moo organisers confirmed the news this morning, announcing that the April/May events have been cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and Government's advisement against mass gatherings of over 500 people. MORE

2020 Splendour In The Grass Rescheduled To October
In a statement issued today, Splendour In The Grass organisers say the decision to move the festival from July to 23-25 October was made "in response to the Federal government's ban on public gatherings in excess of 500". MORE

4ESydney Hip Hop Conference To Live Stream Key Events
The 4ESydney Hip Hop Conference will be changing parts of it programming in light of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.  MORE

Jungle Love Festival cancelled

2020 Greener Pastures cancelled

The Killers Postpone Ticket Sales For Aussie Tour: 'We Are Taking This Personally'
The Killers have postponed all ticket sales for their shows, including Australia, due to the global coronavirus outbreak. MORE

The National Postpone Australian Tour Scheduled To Start This Weekend
US outfit The National today announced that, due to the coronavirus outbreak, they will return to Australia for the shows in December. MORE

The Voice Australia Filming Postponed Due To Coronavirus
Filming for the latest season of The Voice Australia has been temporarily postponed "in the wake of the coronavirus and new Government protocols". MORE

'How Do We Ensure Artists Survive This Crisis?' Alex Lahey Pens Open Letter To Vic Premier
Alex Lahey has shared an open letter today, calling for the Victorian state government to support artists through the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. MORE

MONA Announces Temporary Closure To Help Stem COVID-19
Tasmania’s Museum Of Old and New Art (MONA) has today confirmed a temporary closure of its venues amid the spread of COVID-19. MORE


16 March


Thelma Plum Announces COVID-19 Diagnosis
Brisbane singer Thelma Plum has taken to Instagram today, sharing in a statement that "I just wanna let everyone know that unfortunately yesterday morning I was informed my test for Covid-19 came back positive". MORE

Sydney's Bad Friday cancelled

National Folk Festival in Canberra cancelled 

Sydney's Festival Of Dangerous Ideas cancelled

Newstead Roots Festival cancelled

Sydney Writers' Festival cancelled

Melbourne Theatre Company cancels performances until 18 Apr

A Day On The Lawn at the Tasmanian Botanical Gardens forced to cancel

Duke Street Block Party postponed

The Exploited cannot complete their Australian tour due to recently implemented 14 day self isolation period

Mojo Burning cancelled

Q Music cancels its industry connections events Hook Up, originally schedule for this week

Castaway concert postponed

Alanis Morisette Postpones Australian Shows After Bluesfest Cancellation
Following the cancellation of Bluesfest 2020 this morning, Alanis Morissette has postponed her trip to Australia. MORE

Sounds Australia Cancels First Ever Livestream Showcase
Livestreamed event 3 For The Stream, organised in the wake of the cancellation of the SXSW industry conference to still showcase Australian artists who were meant to be taking part - including Alex The Astronaut, Alice Skye, Cable Ties, Carla Geneve and Didirri - has itself been been forced not to proceed. MORE

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra cancels or postpones all performances until 13 Apr, including its performance with Ben Folds and Skyfall In Concert

Brisbane's Unleash The Elephant has been forced to cancel

2020 Bluesfest Cancelled: 'We Are Heartbroken'
In a statement issued today, director Peter Noble confirmed the Byron Bay Bluesfest will not be going ahead next month. MORE

Comedy Bushfire Relief Show Tonight Cancelled As Sydney Opera House Shuts Down
A comedy benefit show scheduled at the Sydney Opera House tonight has been cancelled following the announcement that the iconic venue is now closed due to the coronavirus outbreak. MORE

LA & New York Shut Down All Live Venues To Stop Coronavirus Outbreak
New York and Los Angeles have introduced new laws to limit further spreading COVID-19, including the closure of entertainment venues. MORE

The Music Industry Has Lost Millions In Income Due To Multiple Cancellations
A new website that measures the impact of the multiple gig and event cancellations due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak has found that the Australian music industry has lost $25 million in income. MORE


15 March


Vivid Sydney cancelled "on the recommendations of the Australian Government and health authorities"

The Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre will temporally cease operating all events for more than 500 people

Joel Creasey postpones multiple tour dates

Becky Lukas forced to cancel shows


14 March


2020 Record Store Day Postponed: 'We're Not Operating Under Normal Conditions'
The 2020 internationally-celebrated Record Store Day, originally scheduled for 18 Apr, has been postponed until 20 Jun in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. MORE

I Lost My Gig Australia launched, calculating the lost income from all the Australian events cancelled in the wake of COVID-19

Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson Respond To Amy Shark's 'Generous Gesture'
After Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson announced on this week that they had tested positive for coronavirus while on the Gold Coast, Aussie singer Amy Shark contacted the US actors to say they could borrow her house while she's away. MORE

New Order Cancel Second Melbourne Show: 'We Apologise Wholeheartedly'
Following Prime Minister Scott Morrison's announcement yesterday that Government will advise against mass gatherings of over 500 from Monday in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus, UK outfit New Order have announced that while tonight's show at Sidney Myer Music Bowl will go ahead, Sunday's show at The Forum has been called off. MORE


13 March

Queensland's CMC Rocks Festival Postponed
CMC Rocks Festival organisers have released a statement this afternoon following Prime Minister Scott Morrison's announcment that the Government will advise against "non essential organised" mass gatherings of over 500 from Monday. MORE

Ben Folds' shows with West Australian Symphony Orchestra postponed until January; Adelaide Symphony Orchestra performance also not taking place

Perth community radio station RTRFM postpones Neon Picnic and In The Pines

Meatstock Melbourne postponed until August

The Drop Festival in Manly cancelled

Jamie xx, The Avalanches climate change concert in Sydney postponed

Following Download Festival cancellation, attendant sideshows from Deftones, In Flames, Baroness, Carcass, Venom Prison, Testament and New Years Day are cancelled

2020 Anthems festival cancelled - "We believe the right course of action is to not put anyone at unnecessary risk, and also to ensure the festival remains a regular feature on the ACT events calendar.”

Robbie Williams' Melbourne Concert Cancelled
Robbie Williams' Melbourne show, which was scheduled for tomorrow night, has been cancelled following this morning's Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix cancellation. MORE

Miranda Lambert, Marc Rebillet, Kip Moore, Introducing Nashville and Seaforth shows postponed (new dates to be announced)

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival Has Been Cancelled
The news was announced this evening following Prime Minister Scott Morrison's announcement that the Government will advise against "non essential organised" mass gatherings of over 500 from Monday. MORE

Tim Minchin confirms Hobart shows will go ahead; all other shows postponed

Canadians The East Pointers cancel the remainder of their Aus tour

BREAKING: PM Scott Morrison Advises Against Mass Gatherings Of Over 500
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced that the Government will advise against "non essential organised" mass gatherings of over 500 from Monday. MORE

2020 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony, originally set for 2 May in Cleveland, Ohio, has been postponed

Aussie Acts To Perform In First Ever Livestream Event After SXSW Cancellation
In the wake of the SXSW 2020 cancellation, a number of Australian artists will take part in a first ever livestream event. MORE

Tones & I forced to cancel the remainder of her European tour

Rage Against The Machine postpone "first part" of their US tour

Sampa The Great postpones US tour dates

'It Is Vital Government Acts Now': Music Industry Calls For Support Amid COVID-19 Outbreak
Peak music body Live Performance Australia has called on the Federal Government to work on a plan to support the local live music industry in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. MORE

Pub Choir's Brooklyn and San Francisco shows have been cancelled

Will Coronavirus Force Music Lovers To Watch Live Shows Online?
The rapidly escalating spread of coronavirus is wreaking major havoc through countless sectors of society, but without doubt one of the hardest areas hit has been the live music industry. MORE

City & Colour postpone Aus tour

Aussie Festival Featuring Bush, LIVE & Stone Temple Pilots Postponed
The 2020 Under The Southern Stars festival has been postponed to next year "light of the current global health crisis". MORE

BREAKING: Download Festival Has Been Cancelled
Download Festival has been cancelled in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, as organisers today announced the decision on the back of headliners My Chemical Romance pulling out of the shows in Melbourne and Sydney next week. MORE


12 March


Concerns Raised Over Download Festival Australia As My Chemical Romance Cancel Japan Shows
My Chemical Romance have postponed their upcoming Japan shows, causing concern about the future of Download Festival Australia. MORE

Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson Tested Positive For Coronavirus In Australia
Tom Hanks has revealed he and his wife Rita Wilson have tested positive for coronavirus while in Australia. MORE

MUSEXPO Creative Summit postponed

Pixies Postpone Remaining Australian Shows: 'This Was An Extremely Difficult Decision'
US legends Pixies have postponed their remaining dates in Australia "out of caution for current public health concerns". MORE

Tame Impala's San Francisco show this Friday is being "postponed to a later date"

US artist Frankie Cosmos postpones upcoming Australian shows due to "current global events"

Cable Ties postpone US tour

NSW's largest celebration of cultural diversity, Parramasala cancelled

The Music For The Mob event and Seeker Lover Keeper's performance at the Brunswick Music Festival is cancelled 


11 March


'There Is No Material Risk': Live Performance Australia Issues Statement Regarding COVID-19
Live Performance Australia, the peak body for Australia's live performance industry, has issued a statement regarding the outbreak of COVID-19 and its effect on the performance industry in Australia. MORE

Coachella 2020 Officially Rescheduled
Coachella Music & Arts Festival has been officially postponed to October, with organisers confirming it was due to COVID-19 concerns. MORE

Hobart's Dark Mofo Festival Has Been Cancelled
Hobart's annual Dark Mofo festival has been cancelled amid the coronavirus outbreak, with the news was announced via a statement on social media from Mona founder David Walsh this morning. MORE

10 March


Bluesfest To Go Ahead With 2020 Festival 'As Planned'
Bluesfest director Peter Noble has announced the 2020 festival will be "going ahead as planned" next month despite the coronavirus outbreak. MORE

Coachella Prepares To Postpone 2020 Festival
It's looking more and more likely Coachella Music & Arts Festival will have to postpone its forthcoming event due to the growing threat of coronavirus. MORE

Miley Cyrus Cancels Australian Show: 'I Am So Disappointed'
Miley Cyrus has announced that her one-off charity show in Melbourne this week has been cancelled "in response to the current global health crisis". MORE

Aussie Artists React To 2020 SXSW Cancellation
The Music reached out to a number of artists on the line-up about what the cancellation of SXSW meant to them specifically. Here's what they had to say. MORE

9 March


Madonna cancels Paris shows

Russell Brand Cancels Australian Show Due To Contaminated Venue
English comedian Russell Brand has cancelled his show in Perth tonight following venue concerns after a woman with COVID-19 attended a performance over the weekend. MORE


7 March


SXSW 2020 Officially Cancelled: 'We Are Devastated'
The 2020 SXSW festival and conference has officially been cancelled, with as organisers confirmed today that the City of Austin have made the call to cancel the event which was scheduled to kick off next week. MORE

US Festival Featuring Flume Postponed Due To Coronavirus Fears
Miami's Ultra Music Festival has now been officially postponed until March 2021. MORE


6 March


Australian Composer Quarantined After Testing Positive For Coronavirus
An Australian composer set to perform at the Adelaide Festival this weekend has tested positive for coronavirus. MORE

Reuters reports man in his 30's confirmed to have been infected attended a Tool concert last week

Ozzy Osbourne, Beastie Boys and Nine Inch Nail's Trent Reznor cancel 2020 SXSW appearances


5 March


Ultra Miami, featuring Aussie acts including Flume and Fisher, reportedly cancelled due to coronavirus fears

Queen + Adam Lambert arena show in Paris this May postponed "following a government decree in France to cancel all indoor events"

France's Tomorrowland Winter festival, featuring Aussie acts including Timmy Trumpet and Nervo, cancelled

Melbourne's Sweetstock is cancelled

New 'James Bond' Film Release Pushed Back
The release of the new James Bond film has been pushed back until later this year. MORE


4 March


ULTRA Australia Festival To Go Ahead This Weekend Despite International Cancellation
The ULTRA Australia dance festival will go ahead this weekend despite the cancellation of Ultra's Abu Dhabi leg. MORE


3 March


International Band Pull Out Of Download Festival Due To "Coronavirus Outbreak"
Italian band Lacuna Coil have been forced to pull out of the 2020 Download Festival events due to "a coronavirus outbreak" in their home country. MORE

Record labels and companies, including Australian offices, have put international travel bans in place due to the ongoing outbreak of coronavirus,

The Music understands that Sony Music’s background position is that there is no travel to Asia and Northern Italy, and if employees don’t want to travel, they shouldn’t feel compelled to. This includes the Australian office. It is understood that the music giant is continuing to monitor the situation.

Meanwhile, as Billboard reports, Universal Music Group has issued an internal memo to employees, stating, "for the health and well-being of our staff, and in order to be a responsible member of the global community seeking to stop the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we have put in place new policies and procedures, including: Suspended international business travel until further notice; postponed internal employee conferences requiring travel; and continued to comply with the guidance of local governments, the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control".

Other record labels who have implemented travel bans include BMG, Kobalt and Concord, which is currently the only music company to withdraw its involvement in next week's SXSW conference.

Speaking to The Music this week, Sounds Australia confirmed it is still committed to attending SXSW, as have a number of Australian artists, despite growing calls for the 2020 event to be axed.

COVID-19 has played a part in the postponement or cancellation of a number of tours and shows globally, with Italian band Lacuna Coil being forced to pull out this month's Download Festival events in Melbourne and Sydney due to a "coronavirus outbreak".

It was also announced today that Brisbane composer Brett Dean has been quarantined in isolation in Adelaide after testing positive to coronavirus after travelling from Taiwan to Australia earlier this week.

Meanwhile, though festivals in Abu Dhabi and Miami have been called off this week, ULTRA Australia told The Music that events across the country this weekend are going ahead as scheduled.

It is also believed that the release of new James Bond film, No Time To Die, has been pushed back to November due to the Asian box office taking massive hits because of coronavirus.

Keep an eye on theMusic.com.au for updates on the status of tours, shows and festivals over the coming weeks.


2 March


Thousands Sign Petition To Cancel 2020 SXSW Event Due To Coronavirus Threat
Thousands have signed a petition to cancel the 2020 SXSW event due to the growing threat of coronavirus. MORE