There are some tough conversations going on behind the scenes at the moment about when the live music scene might get back to any semblance of normality. If you’re still hoping for this autumn, Taylor Swift’s announcement that she’s cancelling all remaining concerts for 2020 isn’t good news.
“Health organizations and governments around the world have strongly discouraged large public gatherings for an undetermined period of time,” noted the statement accompanying the cancellation. Swift’s US and Brazil shows will be rescheduled for 2021, with dates to be announced later this year. Fans will be able to get refunds from 1 May via Ticketmaster. That plays in to another story that’s been rumbling in the US: the status of refunds for shows that have been theoretically postponed rather than cancelled. Ticketmaster has been taking some flak on this score, but Billboard reported that it’s “finalizing a plan to begin offering refunds” – also from 1 May – for gigs that have been rescheduled, not just for those that have been cancelled.
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