Fuji Rock Festival, Japan’s largest annual music occasion, will likely be canceled for the primary time ever due to the Corona Virus pandemic, organizers mentioned, disappointing 1000’s of rock-and-roll followers who flock to the out of doors festivities yearly.
Since its inception in 1997, headliners on the occasion have included The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, The Cure and Kendrick Lamar. Last yr, the occasion, held in the summertime, attracted 130,000 folks over 4 days.
“We had hoped the pandemic would abate in time to maintain this summer time’s competition as scheduled and have been transferring ahead with planning,” the organizers mentioned on their web site. “We apologize for taking so lengthy to inform everybody of this determination.”
This yr’s competition had been scheduled for three days beginning Aug. 21, with American rock band The Strokes among the many acts.
“Fuji Rock” and “Complete Cancellation” have been among the many top-trending subjects on Twitter after organizers made the announcement.
“I noticed the phrases ‘full cancellation’ and thought it was in regards to the Olympics,” lamented Twitter person @taako_chako. “It’s about Fuji Rock? Such a disgrace.”
Japan final month lifted its state of emergency however strict inbound journey restrictions stay in place, with most non-Japanese nationals not allowed in. The nation has been hit by round 18,000 infections and 900 deaths from the Corona Virus pandemic.