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Japan's Supersonic rock mega-festival postponed to 2021 due to pandemic

A screenshot of the Supersonic rock festival website.

The sprawling Supersonic rock music festival scheduled for September in Tokyo and the western Japan prefecture of Osaka has been postponed to 2021 due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, the festival office announced on Aug. 11.

    The office decided that on top of the difficulty the artists would have coming to Japan amid the coronavirus crisis, it would also be difficult to guarantee the health and safety of performers, staff and fans at the festival.

    Supersonic itself is a rejigged version of the Summer Sonic rock festival usually held every August. However, the name was tweaked and the schedule shifted to September this year to avoid conflicting with the 2020 Tokyo Games, which had been expected to cause difficulties in securing venues and hotel rooms for performers, among other problems. The Olympics and Paralympics, too, have been postponed to 2021.

    The festival committee had been working on measures to reduce the risk of coronavirus infections, including by limiting the number of guests, but ultimately decided to delay instead.


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