They’re quite late to the cancel party, but Japanese rock band ONE OK ROCK’s Jakarta concert, which was scheduled for May 30-31 at Istora Senayan, has officially been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The concert was originally part of their Eye of the Storm Asia Tour 2020.
The announcement came from the concert’s promoters in a joint statement issued yesterday, in which they mentioned that the decision was taken to comply with President Joko Widodo’s statement from his national address on Sunday — in which he urged citizens to work, study, and pray at home to reduce the number of people out in public areas, as part of an effort to contain further spread of the novel coronavirus.
The statement includes an apology for the postponement and information that ticket holders are not eligible for refunds for either day of the concerts, as they will remain valid for when the shows are rescheduled, though the new dates have yet to be announced. More information regarding the band’s Jakarta show is available on the event’s official website.
ONE OK ROCK also announced the latest update on their social media channels. Aside from Jakarta, the quartet also had to cancel performances in Nagoya, Bangkok, Manila, Singapore, and Hong Kong, among others.
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ONE OK ROCK “Eye of the Storm” Asia Tour (April 25 – June 7) postponement announcement: After much consideration due to the current situation involving the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), we regretfully announce the postponement of the Tour. We sincerely apologize to all fans looking forward to the Tour however as we consider the safety of our fans and all related parties involved to be of the utmost importance and after much discussions with organizers, we have sadly reached this decision. #ONEOKROCK
Formed in Tokyo in 2005, ONE OK ROCK consists of vocalist Takahiro Moriuchi, guitarist Toru Yamashita, bassist Ryota Kohama, and drummer Tomoya Kanki. Their name came from “one o’clock,” which was the time of their practice on weekends as the rehearsal space was cheaper to use at one o’clock in the morning.
The band has been playing various styles of music, ranging from alternative rock, emo, post-hardcore, and pop rock. They have so far released nine studio albums and two EPs, starting from their full-length debut Zeitakubyō in 2007 to their latest, Eye of the Storm, in 2019.
The now-postponed concert would have been the second ONE OK ROCK performance in Jakarta, after their first solo concert back in 2013.
This cancelation came almost two weeks after mass cancelations of concerts and events — including those of American label 88rising’s Head in The Clouds music and arts festival as well as English rock band Foals — that were scheduled to be held in Jakarta this month.
Indonesia, along with the rest of the world, is grappling with rising cases of COVID-19. The archipelagic nation has seen a huge surge in the past week, with 38 new cases confirmed just today, bringing the total number of domestic infections to 172.