What Happens When a Music Festival Is Canceled Due to Coronavirus?

Within the last week, two major American music festivals—the EDM-centric Ultra Music Festival in Miami and the sprawling industry gathering SXSW in Austin—have been canceled due to public health concerns about the COVID-19 virus. Coachella, the Indio, Calif., standard-bearer for festival culture in the U.S., has been postponed from its usual April date until October. And many other live music events have also been affected. Whether or not even more cancellations and postponements occur going forward, the virus has already taken a major toll on the festival industry.