The Tomorrowland Winter 2020 edition has been forced into cancellation by the French government due to fears about the spread of coronavirus, which is officially been named as COVID-19.
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The festival has released an official statement online, writing: “The French Government is taking drastic measures regarding the COVID-19 virus in France. Therefore they are enforcing the cancellation of large events, bringing together people from different nationalities on closed festival grounds and event locations.”
Tomorrowland Winter was due to take place across March 14 to 21 in the Alpe d’Huez resort. The ski area will remain open and fully functional for all visitors, but the music festival will not go ahead.
Artists set to play included Charlotte de Witte, Martin Garrix and Solardo.
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Ticket holders will be contacted personally by e-mail today with information on the next steps.
The news follows Miami’s Ultra event which was reported as cancelled yesterday by the Miami Herald.
Big names from the world of music have shared their well-wishes
Tina Turner has shared a special video message with fans in celebration of her 80th birthday – watch below.
The US singing icon, who was born on this day (November 26) 1939, marked reaching the milestone age by posting a clip on her official Twitter account earlier this afternoon.
“Yes, I’m 80,” Turner told her followers. “How did I think I would be at 80? Not like this.
“How is this?” she continued. “Well, I look great, I feel good, I’ve gone through some very serious sicknesses that I’m overcoming. So it’s like having a second chance at life.”
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“It was the most mind-boggling experience ever”
A teenage fan of The Killers was invited onstage to play ‘For Reasons Unknown’ on drums during a US show last weekend. Check out the footage below.
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The Brandon Flowers-fronted band, who recently announced their new album ‘Imploding The Mirage‘, performed at Fort Lauderdale’s Riptide Music Festival on Saturday evening (November 23).
Midway through the set, which included hits such as ‘Spaceman’, ‘Somebody Told Me’, and ‘Read My Mind’, the Las Vegas outfit called on local fan Jayson Verebay to lend a hand in airing the ‘Sam’s Town‘ single.
Having been spotted on the front row by frontman Flowers, the 17-year-old promptly scaled the barrier and made his way to the stage. “Alright, this is Jason from Fort Lauderdale,” the singer told the 35,000-strong crowd. “You ready for this?” he then asked his temporary sticksman.
According to Rolling Stone‘s Tim Chan, who caught footage of the moment, the impressed festival audience began chanting Verebay’s name following his performance. The reporter wrote in his video’s caption that the teen “absolutely SLAYS IT on the drums”.
“As I was coming up there, my heart was pounding and I was actually shaking,” Verebay told Rolling Stone of his appearance following the set. “It was the most mind-boggling experience ever.”
The Killers have called on their fans to play drums on ‘For Reasons Uknown’ on a number of occasions over the last year or so. In July 2018, a diehard follower wowed attendees at Lollapalooza Paris with a rendition of the song. During the band’s headline slot at Latitude earlier that same month, another surprised fan took to the stage.
Read more at https://www.nme.com/news/music/eenage-fan-join-the-killers-to-play-for-reasons-unknown-at-us-festival-2572264#0J9PPjBgzlGCq4CF.99