Live Nation and AEG are postponing all large-scale tours internationally until April in the wake of the coronavirus. In a unified effort to address the crisis, Live Nation, AEG, Creative Artists Agency (CAA), William Morris Endeavor (WME), Paradigm, and United Talent Agency (UTA) have all banded together to devise safe practices to stop the spread of disease.

“The world’s leading forces in live entertainment have come together to form a global task force to drive strategic support and unified direction ensuring precautionary efforts and ongoing protocol are in the best interest of artists, fans, staff, and the global community,” the coalition shared a joint statement.

“At this time, we collectively recommend large scale events through the end of March be postponed. We continue to support that small-scale events follow guidance set by their local government officials. We feel fortunate to have the flexibility to reschedule concerts, festivals, and live events as needed, and look forward to connecting fans with all their favourite artists and live entertainment soon.”

As Billboard report, Live Nation informed employees that the suspension of touring activities would be executed effective immediately — other than a few shows scheduled for Thursday and Friday— and the would last through the end of the month as the organizations figure out their next move.

The live music industry is in the midst of a crisis. The spread of the coronavirus was recently declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, which has led to the cancellation of a multitude of live music events and other large social gatherings.

Earlier today Download Festival Australia announced the cancellation of the 2020 instalment of the festival amid growing COVID-19 fears, just eight days out from its scheduled kick-off. The cancel of Download follows the postponement of Coachella festival in California and the cancellation of South by Southwest. 

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