Miami’s flagship dance music conference and festival joins the list of large scale events being postponed due to public health concerns.

Miami’s Winter Music Conference (WMC) has announced that this year’s event will not be taking place. Following the declaration of a public health emergency from Florida’s Governor and guidance from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, WMC made the announcement on their website and social media on Monday. 

In the statement, the conference organisers announced that the event, due to take place between March 16th and 19th was to be ‘rescheduled’ in the interests of ‘the health, safety and physical well-being of our attendees and employees.’ Current WMC badge holders have been told to wait for ‘direct communication with further updates’ from the WMC organisers.

This news comes days after the announcements from Ultra Music Festival Miami and the interactive, music and film festival SXSW that their events would not be taking place due to increasing concerns around the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Ultra have postponed their event to March 2021. 

Last week Tomorrowland Winter France also announced via their Facebook page that the French government had decided to cancel the festival which was scheduled to take place between March 14th and 21st. However the ski resort Alpe d’Huez Grand Domaine Ski will remain open and many ancillary festival events in local venues and bars are apparently still going ahead. 

With the 2020 festival season about to begin, it seems likely that further large-scale events will be postponed, rescheduled or cancelled. 

The World Health Organisation provides up to date news and information on the Covid-19 situation. 

11th March, 2020

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