The Jakarta Post
Khalid during his performance at Rock Werchter Festival, Werchter, Belgium on July 5-8, 2018. (shutterstock.com/Ben Houdijk/File)
Concerns over COVID-19 have impacted tourism and the wider Indonesian economy including the entertainment industry as several concerts have been canceled or rescheduled.
Below is a list of concerts in Indonesia that have been affected by the outbreak and it will be updated with the latest news.
Khalid was among the first performers to postpone his concerts in Asian countries, including Indonesia, where he was scheduled to perform on March 28 at Istora Senayan in Central Jakarta.
Promoters AEG Presents Asia and One Step Forward ID have not announced the rescheduled date for Khalid’s concert in Indonesia.
South Korean singer-actor Kim Jae-joong’s was scheduled to hold a concert at Tennis Indoor Senayan in Central Jakarta on May 2, but the event has been rescheduled again to Aug. 16 at 3 p.m. at the same venue.
Promoter iME Indonesia announced on social media that the postponement was due to the government's latest policies regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. "It's for the security and safety of Jaefans [Kim's fans], Kim, staff and all parties who are involved in this concert," read the post, adding that further details about tickets and other updates would be shared soon.
Head in the Clouds
One of the most-awaited pop culture events, Head in the Clouds Jakarta, has also been impacted by the outbreak. The festival was set to take place on March 7 at JIEXpo Kemayoran in Jakarta and is postponed until further notice.
Prior to the postponement, South Korean singer Chungha canceled her performance in the festival as one of her staff members tested positive for the coronavirus.
The festival's lineup included Rich Brian, Joji, NIKI, Stephanie Poetri, Phum Viphurit, Dipha Barus, RAN and Reality Club.
Metal festival Hammersonic, with a lineup that included big names such as Black Flag and Slipknot, was also among the most-anticipated events in Indonesia. It was initially set to be held from March 27 to 28 at Carnaval Ancol in North Jakarta.
On March 5, Hammersonic promoter announced that the festival would be rescheduled to Jan. 15-17, 2021 due to COVID-19 concerns.
In 2019, Japanese kawaii (cute) metal band Babymetal announced that it would perform in Indonesia as part of Metal Galaxy World Tour in Asia. It was scheduled to perform on March 29 at Basket Hall Senayan, Jakarta.
The tour also would take them to other Asian countries, namely Thailand, Malaysia and Taiwan.
On March 4, the band announced that it had postponed all the concert dates in Asia, including in Indonesia, because of the “current health and travel concerns caused by COVID-19”.
“We’re currently working on potential arrangements in connection with this postponement, including refunding the tickets,” wrote the band on Instagram.
Details of the refund process for the Jakarta concert and rescheduled date are not yet available. Fans are advised to keep updated with promoter Beatnation.Asia on Facebook.
American indie folk band Whitney has also postponed its concert date in Indonesia, which was scheduled to take place on March 29 at Soehanna Concert Hall in South Jakarta. The concert was part of its Forever Turned Around Tour 2020.
On March 4, promoter Plainsong Live announced on Instagram that the band had to postpone its upcoming concerts in Asia, including in Indonesia, due to “rising threat of the coronavirus outbreak”.
The promoter added that it would provide information about the rescheduled dates and refund process soon.
English rock band Foals has postponed its upcoming concert, originally scheduled on March 10 at the Basketball Hall at the Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) Sports Complex in Senayan, Jakarta. The band’s decision follows an announcement by the Jakarta administration that it would suspend the “issuance of mass gathering permits” in line with the nation’s COVID-19 containment efforts.
“We are gutted to postpone,” the band said on its website.
The promoter has yet to provide any details on ticket refunds or a rescheduled date for the concert.
Hip hop, soul and R&B festival FLAVS has also been rescheduled to Aug. 8-9 at Istora Senayan in Central Jakarta due to "global health concerns."
On Instagram on March 5, the organizers stated that “all national and international performers have been informed about this postponement.”
The festival, initially scheduled for April 4-5, was planning to feature performances by United States rappers Lil Pump, Tyga, Azealia Banks and Harry Mack, Indonesian rapper Saykoji and Indonesian R&B/neo soul singer Teza Sumendra, among others.
Java Open Air
Metal festival Java Open Air was postponed on March 13. Originally scheduled for March 25 and 27 in Yogyakarta and Surabaya, East Java, the festival's lineup included Swedish band In Flames and Indonesian acts Burgerkill, Fraud, Rising the Fall and Blingsatan.
Promoter Niceplay announced on Instagram, "With growing concerns about the pandemic throughout the world, including in our beloved country, and to ensure the health and safety of all of us, we deeply regret that we need to postpone the festival.”
A new date for the festival has not been confirmed as the promoter is still in discussions with the involved parties.
Purchased tickets will remain until new events are scheduled. Festival attendees are advised to send emails to email@example.com for inquiries.
ONE OK ROCK
Japanese rock band ONE OK ROCK has postponed its concerts in Indonesia, originally scheduled for May 30 and 31 at Istora Senayan, Jakarta.
Promoters AEG Presents Asia, PK Entertainment and Sound Rhythm announced on Instagram on March 17 that purchased tickets would remain valid for the rescheduled dates and "no refunds will be made".
They also informed about the possibility of moving the concert to a new venue or cancellation if the adjustment plan failed due to "conflicting venue schedules".
More details will be updated soon on the concert's website, and concertgoers can contact ticket booking platforms for inquiries, namely Traveloka (for the May 30 concert) at +6280-415-00308 or firstname.lastname@example.org and Loket.com (for the May 31 concert) at +6221-2128-2127 or email@example.com.
ONE OK ROCK has also postponed tour dates in 10 other places, including Singapore and Thailand.
Boys Like Girls
The American rock band's performance, which was supposed to take place in Jakarta on April 9, has also been postponed.
"Boys Like Girls Live in Jakarta has been postponed to Sept. 21. The best decisions are sometimes the most difficult to make. Stay safe and keep healthy everyone," announced promoter Soundlive on its social media account on March 18.
"Sad to say, unfortunately due to the COVID-19 spread, we have to postpone our Asia/Australia tour dates. We wanted to play so badly for you, but also we want to keep everyone safe and healthy. Good news is we have new dates for these shows. We will see you in September," said the band on their Twitter post.
sad to say, unfortunately due to the COVID-19 spread, we have to postpone our asia/australia tour dates. we wanted to play so badly for you, but also we want to keep everyone safe and healthy. good news is we have new dates for these shows. we will see you in september. pic.twitter.com/9oRj49Ct0q— Boys Like Girls (@BoysLikeGirls) March 18, 2020
The show will still be held at the initial venue, which is Kuningan City Ballroom P7 in South Jakarta. Fans will be able to use their current tickets to watch the show or request a refund through official ticketing service partners.
The annual LaLaLa Festival has been canceled, as announced on Instagram on March 17.
The music festival was originally scheduled to take place on April 18 and 19 at Orchid Forest Cikole, Lembang, West Java, with a lineup that included Simple Plan, Aurora, Tori Kelly, DJ Mondo Grosso, Kunto Aji and Danilla.
“Following discussions with our venue partner as well as health and government authorities, the health and safety of our visitors, crew, talents and everybody involved is our utmost priority,” the caption read.
Ticket holders will get refunds and are advised to check their email or visit the festival’s website for refund information.
The promoter said tickets would remain valid for the LaLaLa Festival in 2021.
Rex Orange County
The Jakarta concert of American singer-songwriter Rex Orange County, originally scheduled for May 9 at Istora Senayan, has been postponed.
Promoters AEG Presents and Ismaya Live announced the news on Instagram on April 17.
Rex Orange County's concerts in Seoul, Singapore, Bangkok, Manila and Tokyo have also been postponed.
The promoters said that new dates for the shows would be announced on rexorangecounty.com, with purchased tickets to remain valid for the new shows.
American singer-songwriter Ari Staprans "Lauv" Leff has postponed his concert, which was supposed to take place at Istora Senayan, Jakarta, on June 27, due to the "current international public health crisis".
On June 11, promoters AEG Presents Asia, PK Entertainment and Sound Rhythm announced that the concert would be rescheduled to Sept. 14, 2021.
Due to the situation regarding the current international public health crisis, we regret to announce that the LAUV concert in Jakarta which was originally scheduled for 27 June, 2020 at Istora Senayan has unfortunately been postponed to 14 September, 2021. Your tickets will remain valid and are automatically updated for the new schedule.** . We deeply apologize for any inconvenience this postponement may have caused but our highest priority remains the safety of Lauv’s fans, his team and everyone who has been working on these concerts. We would like to thank everyone for their understanding and we look forward to seeing you on 14 September, 2021. Warmest Regards, AEG Presents Asia PK Entertainment Sound Rhythm . **If you would like to request a refund, please submit your request through the link in @pkentertainment.id’s Instagram bio before 15 July, 2020.
Purchased tickets will remain valid for the rescheduled date, and those who wish to refund can submit their requests via Google form until July 15.
Lauv's concerts in other Asian cities were cancelled entirely, including those in Mumbai in India, Shanghai and Beijing in China and Taipei in Taiwan.
"My team and I tried incredibly hard to reschedule all the shows, but in the end, this was the best and safest option for everyone," wrote Lauv. "Cancelling shows is the last thing I want, but it's always with your safety in mind and I hope to see everyone very soon." (wir/wng)
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