As the Covid-19 pandemic progresses in France and several European countries have decided to close their performance venues, several artists are forced to postpone or cancel their shows.
Like an air of déjà vu. As the Covid-19 pandemic progresses in France and contamination linked to the Omicron variant is on the rise across Europe, more and more artists are being forced to postpone or cancel their concerts.
In France, theaters are still open and the curfew has not been reinstated. But some European countries such as Denmark and Belgium have already imposed the closure of theaters and cinemas. The Netherlands are for their part re-defined at least until January 14. Restrictions which push some artists to review all the dates of their European tour, for a question of organization, but also for safety.
A Parisian date postponed eight months later
This is particularly the case of the American singer Clairo, who was due to perform on January 13 at the Trianon in Paris – a date that has been postponed to September 2022 at the Bataclan. Just after his Parisian concert, the artist was also to perform in Brussels and then in Amsterdam for two nights in a row, before continuing with several dates in England and Scotland.
“I really hate doing this, but we have decided to postpone the tour of Europe and UK which was scheduled for January. While we can’t wait to get back on the road, everyone’s safety is much more important and j ‘hope you get that, « Clairo posted on Instagram.
« For the safety of our fans »
Same decision on the side of the British group Jungle, which was expected on January 27, 2022 at the Zénith in Paris – a concert postponed to a date that has not yet been communicated. On the various ticket purchasing sites, it is specified that this follows « the restrictions put in place in Europe related to COVID-19 ».
« This is not the news that we wanted to share with you, but due to the new restrictions put in place due to the Omicron variant, we have decided to postpone our European concerts in France, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands. Low, see you later in 2022, « the group said on social media. « The safety of our fans is the most important thing for us at the moment. »
The Bronx, an American hardcore punk group from Los Angeles, was to perform on January 25 at Point Ephémère. On Instagram, the American formation announced, « with regret », that all of its concerts scheduled for January in Europe would be postponed, « due to various ongoing restrictions beyond our control ». The new dates have not yet been rescheduled.
« I am devastated to let you down »
Mélanie C, member of the Spice Girls who was to perform solo during a European tour, for her part decided to cancel everything. « Sporty Spice » was to start its series of concerts in early 2022 in Portugal, for 16 shows in total, including two in Paris.
« Due to the current situation related to Covid-19 in Europe, it is with great regret that I must announce the cancellation of the European dates planned as part of my next tour, » said the British star, who resides in United States. « I am devastated to let you down. »
Mel C was expected on January 25, 2022 at the Transbordeur in Lyon and on February 10 at the Alhambra in Paris.
On the side of the Zénith de Strasbourg, it’s the spectacle Queen Symphonic, which covers the greatest hits of the rock group in symphonic concert, which has been postponed. « The concert initially scheduled for November 27, 2020, already postponed to January 19, 2022, is finally postponed to Thursday January 19, 2023 at 8 p.m. », announced its organizers, advancing a decision « difficult to make but unfortunately necessary ».
« The logistical and technical constraints linked to the production of such an event (50 musicians on stage, English artists whose coming to France could be compromised …) oblige us to organize this show in perfect sanitary conditions, which we do not Unfortunately, we cannot yet guarantee for the period of January and February 2022 « , they specified.
« If we are making this decision now, it is because the scale of this production obliges us to anticipate our maneuvers several months in advance. Know that our main motivation is always to present the most beautiful spectacle to as many people as possible » .
At the Accor Arena in Paris, if no postponement has yet been announced at the start of the year, the show by Nigerian rapper Burna Boy, which was due to perform there on December 17, has been postponed to March 21, 2022. What to complicate even more, the very busy agenda of the year 2022.