SXSW has been canceled. “The City of Austin has canceled the March dates for SXSW and SXSW EDU,” read a statement by the festival. “SXSW will faithfully follow the City’s directions.”
“We are devastated to share this news with you,” the statement continued. “‘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.”
The mayor of Austin, Texas announced that the city had declared a disaster due to coronavirus, which led to the cancellation of the festival. “It’s a really important event to our city in a lot of ways, tied to who we are in this city,” said mayor of Austin Steve Adler in a press conference. “I look forward to the next iteration of SXSW when it comes back for us.”
The festival events were slated to begin on Mar. 13. SXSW stated that it is looking into rescheduling options. “We are exploring options to reschedule the event and are working to provide a virtual SXSW online experience as soon as possible for 2020 participants, starting with SXSW EDU,” continued the event’s statement. “For our registrants, clients, and participants we will be in touch as soon as possible and will publish an FAQ.”
In the wake of the announcement, Relix and Brooklyn Bowl also canceled their Brooklyn Bowl Family Reunion, which was set to include performances by M. Ward, Nahko And Medicine For The People, Nicole Atkins and more.
Read the full statement here.
In related news, Ultra Music Festival was recently postponed indefinitely due to coronavirus concerns.