The Korea Times Music Festival (KTMF) announced that they would be postponing their Los Angeles concert due to the coronavirus. The concert was scheduled to take place at the Hollywood Bowl on April 25 but the increase in coronavirus infections has led to a change in plans, reports Billboard. People who already bought tickets can either get a refund or hold onto their tickets for a future rescheduled concert.
“It is with deepest regret that we announce the postponement of the 18th KTMF scheduled on April 25, 2020, due to the current travel restrictions in Asia,” KTMF said in a statement. “Concert goers can opt for a refund or keep the existing tickets. Tickets will remain valid and transferable to the rescheduled concert date … We truly apologize for the inconvenience to those who have been looking forward to this event and ask for your kind understanding.”
The annual music festival had Kpop acts such as MOMOLAND, No Brain, and former Wanna One member Ha Sungwoon scheduled to perform. But the coronavirus struck South Korea hard where it has become the second most infected country behind China.
The biggest Kpop act in the world, BTS also just announced they have canceled their Seoul concerts for their Map of the Soul 7 tour. Four dates scheduled in April at the Olympic Stadium in Seoul have been canceled due to the uncertainty of the coronavirus in the future. It was estimated that over 200,000 concertgoers were to attend.
“However, the current global coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has made it impossible at this time to predict the scale of the outbreak during the dates of the concert in April, alongside increasing uncertainty about the cross-border movement of concert staff and equipment,” BTS’s record label Big Hit Entertainment said in a statement. “… We have thus determined that with approximately one month left before the Seoul concert is set to begin, it is unavoidable that the concert must be canceled without further delay.”
Other Kpop acts are also canceling or postponing their tours. The 2020 Korea Music Award and the 2020 FACT Music Awards have already been canceled.