Yet another music festival has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with LaLaLa Festival 2020 being the latest to join the cancel party.
LaLaLa was slated to be held on April 18-19 at Orchid Forest Cikole in Lembang, West Java — with local and international performers signed on to perform including American indie pop band LANY, Japanese DJ Shinichi Osawa AKA Mondo Grosso, and Canadian rock band Simple Plan.
The festival organizers announced the cancelation yesterday via Instagram and their official website, citing that the decision was taken “due to the extremely critical condition that the COVID-19 virus has afflicted across the nation.”
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Due to the growing concern and fatality of COVID-19 in the nation, we have decided to cancel this year’s LaLaLa Festival. We are very sorry to everyone who has been expecting the event as we are also very saddened by this decision. Our team has been preparing a hassle-free and smooth refund process for all ticket holders during the last week, hence we apologize for the delay in our announcement. We hope everyone to stay healthy and for this worrying time to pass soon. Please kindly check your email or visit our official website for detailed refund information.
“Following discussions with our venue partner as well as health and government authorities, the health and safety of our visitors, crew, talents and everybody involved, is our utmost priority,” the statement reads.
The statement includes an apology and information that ticket holders are entitled for refunds, with further details sent via email or by filling out the form shared by the organizers. If you’ve got tickets, you can apply for a refund until April 7 at 5pm.
For ticket holders who don’t want to go on with the hassle of the refund process, their tickets will remain valid for next year’s festival.
The now-canceled festivities would have been the fourth edition of LaLaLa Festival after its inauguration in 2016. However, the festival has become almost synonymous with chaos, mainly factored by its outdoors location in the mountainous region of Lembang, the festival’s reputation of unreadiness with an influx of visitors, as well as bad signal and traffic during the rainy season.
LaLaLa Festival’s cancelation follows President Joko Widodo’s suggestion 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.
This cancelation came after American label 88rising’s Head in The Clouds music and arts festival, English rock band Foals , and Japanese rock band ONE OK ROCK all postponed their events in the capital.
Indonesia saw a significant increase in COVID-19 case numbers this afternoon, with the death toll from the viral disease rising to 19.
Achmad Yurianto, Indonesia’s spokesman for COVID-19-related matters, said at a press conference in Jakarta that 55 people have tested positive for the coronavirus since yesterday, bringing the total caseload in the country to 227.