Halsey, Ultra Music Festival Join the List of 2021 Cancellations

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Halsey has officially canceled her long-delayed Manic World Tour, while Ultra Music Festival organizers are reportedly working to finalize their festival’s 2022 dates before formally announcing that the 2021 edition has been put on ice.

Halsey recently revealed in a statement that she’d opted to shelve the remaining Manic World Tour stops. Her concert series’ European leg kicked off on February 6th of last year and halted in mid-March, after 17 shows, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. The North American leg – comprised solely of performances in the United States, save for one gig at Toronto’s Budweiser Stage and a set at the Festival d’été de Québec  – was originally scheduled to initiate in early June of 2020 and conclude at July’s end.

“I need to prioritize your health and safety,” the 26-year-old Halsey said of the cancellation decision. “As much as we wanted to hold out hope that this tour could eventually happen, our priority is now getting your ticket money back to you immediately,” she continued.

The New Jersey-born artist proceeded to state that fans can expect to receive an email with refund information from their point of purchase. If said message doesn’t arrive by Monday, January 25th, ticketholders should “reach out to your point of purchase” – a suggestion echoed by Halsey Customer Service on Twitter.

In closing the formal statement, Halsey told her fans: “I love you and we will adapt and grow and find new ways to connect despite the circumstances.” Additionally, the “Nightmare” artist indicated via a follow-up tweet that she is “gutted” about the world-tour cancellation.

And Ultra, which was tentatively expected to begin on March 26th, 2021, has been shelved for the second year in a row, according to Billboard. Continued COVID-19 concerns prompted the decision, per the same source, but the 22-year-old festival’s organizers are reportedly waiting until they’ve locked in 2022 dates to publicly reveal the development.

At the time of this piece’s publishing, Ultra hadn’t addressed the reported cancellation on its website or social-media profiles.

The unfortunate cancellations, which arrive just days after Glastonbury 2021 was nixed because of the pandemic, may suggest that the full-scale return of concerts and music festivals could take slightly longer than some industry professionals and investors are anticipating. Though the continued rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, several coronavirus studies, and strong demand from fans, appear to play well for the prospect of a 2021 comeback, some happenings’ rescheduled dates are fast approaching.

Most immediately, Coachella 2021’s first day remains set to occur on Friday, April 9th. EDC Las Vegas is booked for the latter portion of May, whereas Bonnaroo is slated to welcome fans between September 2nd and September 5th.