Reopening of clubs in China March 2020

Guide to Safe Partying When Nightclubs Reopen

Summary: Top Ten New Rules for Safe Post-Lockdown Nightclub Partying

  1. Sick? Stay home.
  2. Safety first: invest in a quality mask.
  3. Really though, any mask will do.
  4. Patience, long lines ahead.
  5. Hand sanitizer, or wash hands.
  6. Six feet of social distancing.
  7. Mask off? Only to drink or breathe.
  8. No yelling or singing!
  9. VIP tables? Sure, why not?
  10. Lots of air flow, not lots of people.

“Wrote it down and read it out, hoping it would save me… Now I’m standing back from it, I finally see the pattern. I got new rules, I count ’em.”   “New Rules” – Dua Lipa (2017)

OIL Nightclub in Shenzen reopened from lockdown on 27-Mar.
Three months after locking down, nightclubs in China began reopening on 27 March. (Photo courtesy Resident Advisor)

When will it be safe for nightclubs to reopen?

We’re quite a ways into this unprecedented global pandemic, and the positive news is that many of the world’s big cities have now made significant strides in controlling the spread of COVID-19 and turning the tide in humanity’s battle against the deadly virus. As we steamroll towards another summer – the unofficial start of which is always Memorial Day Weekend here in the U.S. – cities are gradually beginning to relax their lockdown requirements and reopen businesses. The temporary ban of large gatherings – including dayclubs and nightclubs in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York Miami, and lesser nightlife hubs – in the early stages of the outbreak was of the necessary measures to ensure public safety and improve our timetable to return to normalcy. The curve has since been flattened, and now the public is cautiously seeking to reduce social distancing and quarantine mandates and resume reasonable in-person gatherings and interactions.

And we totally get it: you’re probably suffering from a strong case of “lockdown fatigue” at this advanced point in this global quarantine, and by now you are just itching to go out. In general, as of the publishing of this article -mid-May – it’s STILL not quite safe to go out and gather in large spaces – let alone party with strangers – at the moment… but rest assured, it will be safe enough very soon. Every city in the world has a different timetable to reopen; some places around the world – e.g. China, Japan, and South Korea – have already reopened, by virtue of having been locked down months sooner than the U.S. and acting more quickly and comprehensively to check and control the spread of the coronavirus.

King Nightclub in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo courtesy JUNG YEON-JE/AFP via Getty Images.)

Don’t you worry though: after weeks of exercising utmost caution and patience, the good ol’ U.S. of A is now on the verge of reopening its economy on a much wider scale. The exact timeline of openings will vary by state and county, but in general we will see the following phased approach to opening certain business types across communities in the U.S:

  • Phase 1: Dine-in restaurants, barber shops, beauty salons, and other semi-essential businesses.
  • Phase 2: Offices, factories, and other workplaces.
  • Phase 3: Schools, churches, and vocational facilities
  • Phase 4: Small-gathering entertainment establishments – e.g. bars, arcades, bowling alleys, shopping malls
  • Phase 5: Large-gathering entertainment establishments – e.g. movie theaters, nightclubs, festivals

How can I party safely once the nightclubs in my city reopen?

Sure, you’ve partied out with your friends many times in the past, and the basic ins and outs of clubbing had already become second nature to you many moons ago. But life as we know it has drastically changed in the wake of this global pandemic, and nothing will ever be the same. So then, a new set of party rules MUST be added to our first set – at least in the meantime until we find a vaccine, a cure, or other means to eradicate the spread of COVID-19.

Because we care deeply for our industry and its customers and want to see both back and thriving as soon as possible, Discotech has put together a list of ten critical rules for safe partying once local governments reopen nightclubs, bars, lounges, concert halls, and other music-focused entertainment venues. Have the lockdown gates just been lifted in your city? Ready, set, go!

1. Do NOT go out if you are showing visible symptoms of sickness.

This is the MOST IMPORTANT, simplest and, easiest-to-follow rule on our list. And not just if you might have COVID-19, but if you have ANY of the above illnesses or symptoms shown in the above chart. To do so is incredibly selfish and goes against everything that that the clubbing and party community has stood for since the dawn of man. Don’t put other people’s well-being at risk just so you can have a carefree, shallow, good time.

2. SAFETY FIRST. Purchase and wear high-quality masks.

If you’re symptom-free and feeling 100% healthy and have already decided to take the personal risk of engaging in close quarters with equally healthy fun-loving strangers, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE purchase and wear a high-grade mask (KN95, N95, FFP2, or similar). Los Angeles, CA-based The Fabric Outlet, the trusted supplier from whom Discotech purchases its masks supply to ensure a safe office environment, is one of numerous certified and highly-rated online vendors of heavy-duty face coverings at reasonable bulk-discount prices.

3. If you can’t get a professional-grade mask, disposables or makeshift masks will suffice.

Can’t get your hands on a high-quality mask in time for the party? No worries, you still can do your part to reduce exposure and risk by donning a disposable face mask, available for purchase online or at your local drugstore. Or if you’re feeling friskier, then perhaps you might want to go with a more stylish, colorful homemade face covering fashioned from a bandana you’ve recycled from a past music festival:

More expensive high-grade reusable masks remain much more effective and thus strongly recommended when gathering in crowds. However, disposable and cloth masks “do significantly reduce the exhaled aerosols from infectious, but asymptomatic, individuals” says Raed Dweik, MD, Chairman of Cleveland Clinic’s Respiratory Institute. As nightclubs reopen, face coverings of any and all kinds play a pivotal role in helping block the spread of the virus, especially from asymptomatic carriers. The more people in a given space wearing masks, the less viral particles are making it into the space around them, greatly decreasing interpersonal transmission.  

4. Prepare for longer, slower lines to get into nightclubs.

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Many establishments are taking temperatures as a precaution against COVID-19. (Photo courtesy Jeff Gritchen, OC Register/SCNG)

Clubs that reopen will be taking every reasonable health safety precaution possible, including masks and gloves for service staff and frequent cleaning and disinfecting of furniture, surfaces, handrails, dance floors, and restrooms. And at some venues, management will decide to go a couple steps further, requiring entering guests to undergo mandatory temperature checks, and/or scan a QR code on their phones that indicates their health status and facilitates contact tracing should a visitor be diagnosed with coronavirus in the future. These new process steps will likely make the waits to get into nightclubs longer than they were before, so a friendly reminder to get to your favorite spot at least 15-30 minutes earlier than you did pre-pandemic and STAY CALM, PATIENT, AND POSITIVE while in line waiting for the fun to happen.

5. Bring a small bottle of hand sanitizer and use it – or wash your hands – every time you touch a foreign surface.

In these pandemic times, hand sanitizers have morphed from a merely “convenient” into an ESSENTIAL way of promoting public health and preserving one’s own personal health. Often used on the go, hand sanitizers contain ethyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, or both to kill bacteria and viruses that settle your hands. Alcohols have long been known to kill germs by denaturing the protective outer proteins of microbes and dissolving their membranes.  Of course, we would more strongly recommend cleaning your hands with soap and water – a 20-second wash is actually much more effective than using any hand sanitizer. That being said, we’ve seen the inside of MANY a nightclub bathroom and we wouldn’t wish multiple visits to them over the course of one night on our worst enemy – those things were bad enough even before coronavirus.

6. Employ best social distancing (6 feet or more) practices.

The coronavirus strain SARS-CoV-2 that causes the COVID-19 disease can be transmitted through contaminated surfaces, but it also easily spreads through coughing and sneezing and can even remain active in airborne droplets for up to 3 hours. The 6 feet of distance recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is designed to put up a roadblock to the aerosolized droplet methods of transmission. Why 6 feet? Temple University epidemiologist Krys Johnson explains: “Six feet is the average distance that respiratory droplets from a sneeze or cough travel before they settle and are no longer likely to be inhaled by other people. I have seen estimates for social distancing of up to 10 feet if someone sneezes quite hard, [or] does not cover their sneeze [or] cough. This allows those particles a little more distance to settle so that you are not breathing them in. As long as someone’s not outwardly ill, though, you should be safe maintaining a 6-foot distance.”

7. Keep your mask on the entire night, with VERY limited exceptions.

Yes it can get hot, sweaty, and uncomfortable in the club, but we can’t reiterate enough that wearing masks – and keeping them on as much as possible – protects EVERY member of the party community from viral exposure. While you’re inside the club, here are the ONLY acceptable reasons to remove your mask:

  • To sip – nay, chug! – your beer, shot, or cocktail.
  • To catch your breath after vigorous dancing.
  • To smile at someone attractive…. from six feet away.

That’s really it. Especially considering that every. single. time. that you reach for your mask to pull it off or adjust it, you’re putting yourself at needless additional risk by touching your face. Just….. no. Don’t do it if you don’t need to, ¿por favor amigo?

8. Limit your loud talking or singing along to the music.

You’re already risking life and limb to save your sanity and get out and party, so there’s no need to take on additional danger. Simply put: yelling or singing has been shown to accelerate transmission of the droplets. So, dance your butt off like there’s no tomorrow, and pump your fists like a second relapse lockdown is coming next weekend. (Editor’s Note: it probably is, LOL.) But hey, NO SINGING ALONG – IDGAF if it’s your song, dude!!!! – and no yelling above the music to tell your homies something trivial. Just enjoy your night responsibly and be a team player.

9. Consider spending the extra money to get a VIP table / section.

It’s pretty clear that the safest spot to be inside any nightclub during these trying times is not on the dance floor, at the bar, or chillin’ in any of the GA areas, but rather in the one part of the club that doubles as the most spacious, most comfortable, and most effective “social distancing” method to from which to enjoy the revelry. If you just paid top dollar to cop a professional-grade mask and a pre-party coronavirus test, then why not go the extra mile in the name of safety to book a VIP table, enjoy the party to the fullest, and give peace of mind to your crew? After all that you’ve gone through over the past few months, you’re most certainly worth it. Hey, we’re not saying it’s a matter of life and death, but… (Too soon???)

10. Choose wisely: outdoor and open-air venues are the safest.

You’ve read this far, so we MUST assume that you’ve checked off all the above boxes and are still seriously considering going out. Again, no judgment… and you, ma’am (or sir) truly are a die-hard clubhead. But before you go forth into the wild night, this simple-to-understand article detailing the science of viral spread and mitigation is a MUST-READ. TL;DR:

  1. Successful Infection = Exposure to Virus x Time
  2. Nightclubs are probably going to be THE RISKIEST social gathering medium in the months to come
  3. Regardless, adjustments to personal behavior among crowds can greatly reduce community health risks

If after skimming that post, you ab-so-tive-ly pos-o-lute-ly still need to scratch that clubbing itch, then hey we’ve done everything in our power to coach you up to this point. But here’s one last super-important tip from that post: outdoor club venues will keep you safer from viral exposure than indoor club venues, by a long shot. The multidirectional (fancy word for “random”) flows of air disperse potential airborne particles more effectively, better keeping viral loads concentrations below infection-causing levels. Slightly more risky are indoor venues with partial open-air exposure, and after that well-ventilated indoor venues with large open spaces (e.g. warehouses). And you guessed it: small, poorly ventilated venues with packed crowds and few aisles and walkways yield the highest exposure risk. So in this post-pandemic world, now you should add venue architecture to things like location, music, and crowd as important criteria in choosing your clubbing experience.


Everything we’ve just covered above figures to be common sense, but the world has been so turned upside-down by coronavirus that we all could use a friendly and well-meaning nudge back in the right direction. Plus, it’s been SO LONG for all of us since our last proper party that we’re chomping at the bit to get back… yet we need to do so in a cautious, prudent manner that allows the party to burn brighter and rage longer into the summer. We got “New Rules” – and following them will ensure your own safety and the safety of your nearby (but not too near!) fellow clubheads as you return to bobbing heads and pumping fists in unison for the remainder of 2020 and beyond.

Planning a post-quarantine “return to normalcy” night out with friends soon? Discotech is your ultimate solution for lining up your big plans. We’ve already built our reputation helping THOUSANDS of satisfied clients around the world with their standard small group party needs.

  • We’ve been featured on BBC Travel and we are also highly reviewed on Yelp! and in both the App Store and Google Play.
  • We have 6+ years experience in the worldwide nightlife game, and we’ve also successfully serviced dozens of corporate entities and large groups of 50 or more clients.
  • We work with 1500+ venues, events, and festivals in 100+ domestic and international city markets, and we know from our experience that party planning is NOT for the unprepared, lazy, nor the faint of heart.

Failure to plan ahead – even if it’s just days or hours ahead – is one of the biggest mistakes that we see countless groups make on a weekly basis, and it inevitably results in financial and logistical headaches – and embarrassing moments at the velvet ropes of entry – that could easily have been avoided. Not only can we help you lock down all your plans in advance and custom tailor a party plan for your group size and budget, but we will also provide a real-time assistance via our help line and hosts on the ground to make sure your experience goes smoothly – everyone gets in quickly, all your bottles arrive, you aren’t over charged, etc. When it comes to partying peace of mind, Discotech is your one-stop shop!

Chainsmokers at Encore Beach Club Las Vegas DJ Booth

When Will Las Vegas Nightclubs / Pool Parties Reopen?

Casinos will look very different when they can finally reopen. The Nevada Gaming Control Board issued its guidelines for casinos to resume gaming operations once Gov. Steve Sisolak lifts his order for all nonessential businesses to close.

As of today, the official guidelines state that nightclubs and dayclub pool parties at a casino must remain closed, although pools can reopen with seating arranged with social distancing in mind. From the Nevada Gaming Control Board guidelines:

Nightclubs and Dayclubs. Nightclubs and dayclubs within a licensee’s property mustbe closed until further notice

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Restaurants and bars in casinos also will need to rearrange seating with social distancing protocols.

In most cases, the board recommends following safety guidelines “issued by federal, state, and local governing authorities with respect to the operation of hotels, restaurants, retail establishments, and pools.”

Casinos can only open at 50 percent capacity and will need to limit the number of people allowed inside. The board also recommends frequent hand washing by staff, cleaning and social distancing at table games and slot machines, hand sanitizer available to visitors, and training on COVID-19 safety and disinfection protocols in English and Spanish for staff.

The board notes its guidelines represent minimum requirements that should be followed, and casinos can develop their own requirements. Wynn Las Vegas and the Venetian and Palazzo already released plans for cleaning, protections, and social distancing.

Sisolak revealed a phased-in plan for reopening the state for business last Thursday, but extended the state’s stay-at-home order through May 15. Casinos may be allowed to reopen in phase three or four, depending on whether COVID-19 cases continue to drop, hospitals can handle new cases, and additional testing capacity in the state. Nevada is technically in phase zero of reopening, according to Sisolak.

After opening, it will be fun as usual. You’ll need information on the guestlist of pool parties as well. You can visit Vegas Pool Party Guest List to gain information.

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Tomorrowland 2020 Cancelled

Following today’s announcement from the Belgian National Security Council that banned large gatherings until August 31, Tomorrowland’s 2020 fate has been sealed.

The beloved Belgian festival, prevalently considered to be one of the most popular music festivals in the world, was slated to take place over the last two weekends of July. The fest will now be postponed to summer 2021.

Dear World,

The People of Tomorrow has been a large, lively, and warm global community for more than 15 years. We share the same passion: listening to great music, discovering magnificent places, making new friends from all over the world, enjoying life to the fullest, and looking after each other as one big family. It makes us unique. It makes us who we are in everyday life. And it ensures that we can overcome the greatest challenges together.

Tomorrowland 2020 had all the ingredients to become one of the most outstanding editions: unseen creative ideas, brand-new indoor and outdoor concepts, an amazing lineup, and – as always – the most beautiful international crowd in the world.

Unfortunately, due to the worldwide coronavirus outbreak, these are exceptional times for all of us. In recent weeks, we have had a lot of consultation with the local and national government in Belgium and with a panel of international experts about the two festival weekends we are all so passionate about. It’s our mission to unite souls from all over the world, but it’s also our top priority to look after the well-being, health, and safety of the People of Tomorrow, our partners and suppliers, our neighbors, the artists, and our team.

With a lot of pain in our hearts, we have to inform you that Tomorrowland cannot take place in 2020. We understand and support the governmental order that has just been issued. The 16th edition of Tomorrowland will take place in the summer of 2021 (July 16–18 and July 23–25).

This situation is extremely hard on us all. As a community, we are sad, disappointed, and angry – but also hopeful, because we know that we are much stronger than this setback. What we started together in 2005 became a strong global symbol. We will triumph together and will continue to unite.

But first we have to ensure that the event industry overcomes this. Tomorrowland – just like all other major events – is only possible thanks to a network of hundreds of suppliers and thousands of collaborators, working for over a year toward our beloved festival. A lot of talented artists, creative companies, and hardworking and passionate people – including our own team – are now in the eye of the storm and are going through difficult times. We will need to be resilient, support each other, and be flexible to ensure there will still be an event industry at all.

Anyone who was planning to experience Tomorrowland in July 2020 will now have dozens of questions. That makes perfect sense, and we fully understand.

Every Main Buyer will be contacted by email and within the Tomorrowland Account with more specific information in the following days.

Despite the enormous disappointment, we would like to call on everyone again to follow their local government’s guidelines closely. Stay at home, wash your hands, and keep your distance from one another. Do it for yourself, your loved ones, and the exceptional medical staff all over the world who are working around the clock.

Take good care of each other and stay safe.

Live Today, Love Tomorrow, Unite Forever.


Belgium’s Dour Festival, which was set to feature A$AP Rocky, James Blake, Stormzy, The Black Madonna, and many more, was also officially postponed. More should follow suit in the coming days. 

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Burning Man 2020 Officially Cancelled

Burning Man’s 2020 event has been cancelled. In a statement from organizers, they say “In the interest of the health & wellbeing of our community, we have decided not to build Black Rock City this year.”

The escalation of COVID-19 has forced effectively every event organizer to re-evaluate. Burning Man, which typically takes place in early September, was not insulated from the fallout.

Two weeks ago the festival decided to postpone their 2020 ticket sale. At the time however, they stated they were exploring all possibilities that would enable them to weather the storm.

It seems Burning Man could not save the show this year, forcing them to make the difficult decision to cancel for the first time in the event’s history. The festival, which first began in 1986, expressed optimism stating “Burning Man, however, is alive & well, and we look forward to seeing you in the Multiverse.”

The latter part of the statement refers to organizers’ intent to turn Burning Man 2020 into a virtual event instead. Burning Man CEO Marian Goodell announced the Burning Man virtual event will be made available to ticket purchasers. Meanwhile, the company is additionally working on processing refunds to fans who request them at this time.

Wet Republic Temporarily Closed due to Coronavirus

The Southern Nevada Health District is investigating a suspected case novel coronavirus in an employee at Wet Republic Ultra Pool, the dayclub at the MGM Grand. The staff member self-quarantined and is recovering at home. The dayclub temporarily closes as a preventive measure.

Hakkasan Group, the parent company of Wet Republic, says the health department notified it on March 12 that it was investigating a suspected case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) involving an individual who is an employee of Wet Republic.

“The safety and well-being of guests and employees remains our top priority, and we are temporarily pausing operations at Wet Republic until further notice,” Hakkasan Group says in a email to Eater Vegas.

“Our team is coordinating with the Southern Nevada Health District and MGM Resorts to implement health and safety protocols — including ongoing professional deep cleaning and sanitation processes at the location. We are also working with health officials as they identify and notify those who may have had prolonged close contact with the individual and are directing employees to adhere to all self-quarantine requests.”

Winter Music Conference (Miami Music Week) Events Cancelled

Miami’s annual dance music conference, WMC (Winter Music Conference), has decided to officially cancel their event, according to organizers.

“Due to the Florida Governor’s declaration of a public health emergency and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention’s Interim Guidance for COVID-19, the 35th edition of Winter Music Conference, originally scheduled for March 16 – 19, 2020, will be rescheduled,” organizers said in a statement today (March 9) on the WMC website.

“After spending the past ten months preparing for the event with our team, panelists and event partners, we are profoundly disappointed, however, there is nothing more important than the health, safety and physical well-being of our attendees and employees,” the statement added.

The cancelation of the event, which was set to take place next week, had been expected by many, especially after Ultra Music Conference, which is held (nearly) concurrently in Miami, was canceled last week. And while Winter Music Conference is a much smaller conference than other music related confabs, such as the just-canceled SXSW, event organizers likely wanted to err on the side of caution in light of the current uncertainties as to how the COVID-19 virus spreads.

And while both Ultra and WMC are now both officially off this month, all is not totally lost for those dance music fans still headed to Florida, as Miami Music Week will still take place in South Beach and surrounding areas, according to the Miami New Times, which reports that “the only party that has announced a cancelation is Damian Lazarus’ ‘Get Lost’ event.”

Roughly 170,000 people were set to attend Ultra Music Festival 2020, which was scheduled for March 20 to 22 at Bayfront Park in Miami.

Other Miami Music Week cancellations:

Get Lost. Damian Lazarus’ 24-hour Miami Music Week event has been postponed. The party was set to take place Saturday, March 21, in Hialeah; however, that city and the county have banned all large gatherings.

Kimpton Epic Hotel. On Friday, March 13, the South Beach hotel announced its extensive Miami Music Week programming — including the All Gone Pete Tong Pool Party — has been canceled per local, federal, and international guidelines as well as “an abundance of caution.”  According to a statement, any pre-purchased tickets or packages will be refunded.

LIV Nightclub. LIV, David Grutman’s nightclub at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach, announced that it has temporarily paused all operations out of an abundance of caution and that any prepurchased tickets will be refunded.

American Airlines Arena. According to Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s order, all large events at the American Airlines Arena are to be suspended. The arena announced on Thursday, March 12, the following concerts are postponed: Aventura (March 12), Cher (March 24), and Ricardo Montaner (March 29). Tickets will be honored on the rescheduled dates.

Club Space. Club Space coowner Coloma Kaboomsky shared a letter on Facebook late Thursday, March 12, announcing that all of the downtown Miami venue’s events have been postponed to a later date. On Friday, the announcement was shared widely on all of the club’s various event pages. Space will reportedly host a series of live streams from its DJ booths online in addition to organizing a canned drive “to help the less fortunate members of our community.”

Ultra Music Festival. On Friday, March 6, organizers announced the city had pulled the permit for the festival owing to concerns over the coronavirus. Scheduled to talk place Friday, March 20, through Sunday, March 22, the festival announced it would not issue refunds but allow people who had purchased tickets to use them at a later date.

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Liv & Story Miami Temporarily Closed due to COVID-19

Two major Miami Beach nightclubs will temporarily close their doors amid coronavirus concerns.

Club owner Dave Grutman announced on Instagram Thursday that LIV and Story will not be open.

“Following the guidelines of local, national and international authorities, Story and LIV Nightclub will be temporarily pausing operations,” the release read.

The closure comes as Miami Music Week is expected to bring crowds to South Florida.

Earlier, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez announced the cancellation of several high capacity events in the county, including the Youth Fair, Miami Open, MIA 5K Run and major events at the AmericanAirlines Arena.

XS & Encore Beach Club Temporarily Closed for the Weekend

Wynn Las Vegas decided to close its buffets, nightclubs, and theaters temporarily for the weekend to impede the spread of COVID-19, also known as novel coronavirus, at its properties in Las Vegas and Boston.

That means The Buffet at WynnXS Nightclub, and Encore Beach Club temporarily close for the weekend.

“Every scientific and health authority I’ve spoken to has focused on the need for social distancing, which is to say, creating sufficient space between each of us to impede the spread of the coronavirus. This isn’t simply a good idea; it is essential, and not forever, but certainly for now,” Matt Maddux, the CEO of Wynn Resorts, writes online.

Wynn already added paid sick days for employees who need to be quarantined, and says it will “continue to pay our full-time employees that work in these spaces.”

The resort also notes that it will screen guests with “non-invasive thermal cameras at all our entrances” to monitor the temperature of visitors.

“Any person registering a temperature of 100.4F or higher will be discreetly informed by a trained member of the security team and not be permitted to remain inside the resort,” USA Today reports.

Wynn also plans to “create appropriate distancing between guests” between restaurant tables and gaming devices.

Ultra Miami 2020 Officially Cancelled

Ultra Music Festival in Miami has officially been cancelled.

After meeting with Miami city officials earlier today amid the coronavirus outbreak, the festival has made the decision to cancel its 2020 flagship event. This will be the first time since the festival’s inception in 1999 that it will not go on as planned.

According to the Miami Herald, “City officials have yet to announce details of the change because attorneys are ironing out the legal issues tied to the decision, including the length of the delay, sources said.”

Last year the festival was forced to Virginia Key after Miami officials voted against renewing Ultra’s contract at Bayfront Park. Ultra was voted back this year, to the delight of tens of thousands of fans. The lineup included many of the festival’s heaviest hitters, with the exception of Tiësto who wasn’t on the lineup for the first time since 2006. Subtronics, Kayzo, Fisher, Charlotte de Witte, The Chainsmokers, Marshmello, Martin Garrix, and more were all scheduled to perform.

Ultra Music Festival will not issue refunds to 2020 Miami edition ticket holders in light of its year-long postponement. The 21st-annual three-day event was originally scheduled for March 20—22, but was held off in light of rising Coronavirus cases in Florida and around the world. The next festival is scheduled for March 26—28, 2021.

In an email to ticket holders and first published by The Miami Herald, sent Tuesday morning (March 10) at 12:59 am ET, Ultra promised that all 2020 tickets would be honored at either the 2021 or 2022 Ultra Music Festival Miami events, though ticket holders have only 30 days to choose which year they’d like to attend. The event is also working on a “digital online Ultra experience as soon as possible.”

Alongside the future festival admission, Ultra is offering a “Benefits” package that includes an “Extra Ultra Hour” main stage DJ set before gates open exclusive only to 2020 ticket holders who attend in 2021, one free ticket to any non-Miami Ultra Worldwide or Resistance events in 2021 or 2022, a discount code for 50% off official merchandise order of $250 or more, and other incentives.

The decision not to refund ticket holders is concurrent with Ultra’s official refund policy, which states that in all cases, including governmental acts and acts of God, the “Organizer may, in its sole and absolute discretion elect to either, (a) issue Purchaser a full or partial refund, (b) postpone the Event for a future date and/or (c) offer Purchaser a comparable ‘make good.'”