How Coronavirus Is Wreaking Havoc on Music – Rolling Stone

May 6th, 2020


Music, Film, TV and Political News CoverageFrom displacing major concerts like Coachella to retooling business models, here’s how COVID-19 has totally upended the music industry. Source:


First it was just a few displaced shows in Asia and Europe — then came the toppling of global music-tech conference SXSW, desert bacchanal Coachella, and tour dates for everyone from Pearl Jam to the Rolling Stones to Post Malone to Billie Eilish. North America’s largest concert promoters AEG and Live Nation suspended all their shows; major arenas and underground clubs alike were forced to their doors. By mid-March, the coronavirus pandemic had effectively put the multibillion-dollar concert industry on indefinite pause and brought cataclysmic knock-on effects into the rest of the music business as well.


As the crisis continues to spill over into the operations of record labels, venues, streaming services, booking agencies, tech startups, and other companies in the various corners of the music industry, we’re committed to in-depth reporting and analysis from every angle. Below is a running list of Rolling Stone‘s coverage of COVID-19’s impact on music. Keep an eye on this page — we’ll update it with each new major story we publish. For a weekly digest of our exclusive original reporting, subscribe to the Rolling Stone Pro newsletter as well.