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Tomorrowland Winter cancelled citing coronavirus fears

Credit: Tomorrowland Winter

The winter edition of World-renowned electronic music festival Tomorrowland has officially been cancelled due to fears by the French government over the spread of the new coronavirus.

“Today, it is with a heavy heart that we have to inform you that the French Government has decided to cancel this year’s edition (March 14 -21),” organisers posted on Twitter on Thursday morning.

“Since Saturday we were in close contact with the French Government about the impact of the COVID-19 virus (coronavirus) and we finally received their official decision,” Tomorrowland explained.

“The French Government is taking drastic measures regarding the COVID-19 virus in France. Therefore they are enforcing the cancellation of large events, bringing together people from different nationalities on closed festival grounds and event locations,” it added.

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The festival – held in Alpe d’Huez – is reported to be already sold out, with around 25,000 expected to attend. Anyone who already has a ticket will be sent further information on the next steps later today, organisers announced.

Jules Johnston
The Brussels Times