Julian Casablancas, lead singer of The Strokes, performs onstage after Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) spoke during a campaign event at the Whittemore Center Arena on February 10, 2020 in Durham, New Hampshire. (AFP/Joe Raedle)
The Fuji Rock Festival, a major Japanese summer music event that has been held annually for more than two decades, has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, its organizer said Friday.
The three-day outdoor festival that was set to feature high-profile foreign and Japanese acts, including Tame Impala, The Strokes and Denki Groove, was to take place at Naeba Ski Resort in Niigata Prefecture from Aug. 21.
The festival, which first started at the foot of Mt. Fuji in 1997, last year attracted about 130,000 people.
Reuters reported that “Fuji Rock” and “Complete Cancellation” were among the top-trending topics on Twitter after organisers made the announcement.
“I saw the words ‘complete cancellation’ and thought it was about the Olympics,” lamented Twitter user @taako_chako. “It’s about Fuji Rock? Such a shame.”
Japan last month lifted its state of emergency but strict in-bound travel restrictions remain in place, with most non-Japanese nationals not allowed in.
Japan has been hit by around 18,000 infections and 900 deaths from the coronavirus pandemic.
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