Fuji Rock Festival 2020 is cancelled due to coronavirus

Announced as a ‘postponement’ until August 2021, Japan's most popular music festival won’t be held this year

Youka Nagase
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Youka Nagase
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Fuji Rock is one of Japan’s biggest summer music festivals. Taking place annually at Naeba in Niigata prefecture, the three-day outdoor extravaganza attracts some of the world's biggest names in music as well as thousands of music lovers from all over the world. In 2019, Fuji Rock had over 130,000 attendees, many of whom camped out on the festival grounds. 

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This year, Fuji Rock was planning an incredible lineup of international and domestic superstars, including Tame Impala, The Strokes, FKA twigs and Disclosure. However, due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic,  the festival, which was scheduled for August 21-23, has announced that it is cancelled. 

Although the official announcement says the festival is ‘postponed’ until August 2021, there is no word yet on which bands from this year’s lineup will appear at the festival next year. This is the first time Fuji Rock has been cancelled or postponed since it began in 1997.

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Although previous years’ festivals have continued even in harsh weather conditions, the organisers decided that holding Fuji Rock now would pose too much of a risk to the health and safety of musicians, staff and festival-goers.

Fuji Rock will issue refunds for purchased tickets on request – details will be announced later. Otherwise, since the festival is officially 'postponed', you can hold on to your tickets and use them for next year’s festival.

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