Madonna has been forced to cancel the final two dates of her Madame X tour due to the coronavirus outbreak. The Like A Virgin singer was scheduled to perform at the Le Grand Rex in Paris, France on Tuesday 10 March and Wednesday 11 March, but both shows are listed as cancelled on her official website.
Concert promoter Live Nation said on Monday that the cancellation is due to restrictions imposed over the coronavirus outbreak. Over the weekend, France banned gatherings of more than 1,000 people as the death toll and number of coronavirus cases continued to rise.
A statement on Madonna’s website said: ‘Following official notification from the Office of the Police this morning prohibiting all events with an audience attendance of over 1000, Live Nation regrets to announce the final two Madame X performances previously re-scheduled to 10 March and 11 March are forced to be cancelled.’
‘Tickets are refundable at point of purchase. We regret the disappointment to fans.’
Madonna is yet to speak out on the cancellation herself. The queen of pop is now the latest in a growing list of artists who have been forced to cancel or reschedule shows due to health and safety fears. Stormzy has postponed the Asian leg of his Heavy Is The Head tour while Louis Tomlinson and Mabel are among the other musicians whose shows have been affected.
SXSW is the first major festival to cancel their event, with organisers deciding to pull the music and arts festival which had been due to take place in April. In a statement, festival organisers explained: ‘The city of Austin has cancelled the March dates for SXSW and SXSW Edu. SXSW will faithfully follow the city’s directions.
‘We are devastated to share this news with you. “The show must go on” is in our DNA, and this is the first time in 34 years that the March event will not take place. ‘We are now working through the ramifications of this unprecedented situation.
As recently as Wednesday, Austin Public Heath stated that “there’s no evidence that closing SXSW or any other gatherings will make the community safer”. ‘However, this situation evolved rapidly and we honor and respect the City of Austin’s decision. We are committed to doing our part to help protect our staff, attendees and fellow Austinites.’