Australia’s Splendour In The Grass Fest Takes Three-Month Pause Due to Coronavirus

As the coronavirus continues to spread, Splendour in the Grass, Australia’s premier mid-winter music festival, is taking the unprecedented step of rescheduling its event to October, a full three months after the previously-confirmed dates.

Organizers of the three-day fest pushed-back the event after the federal government activated a ban on public gatherings of 500 or more people, and set strict rules on foreign nationals entering the country’s borders.

Splendour’s three-month pause was made with health and safety as the “number one priority,” reads a statement from the festival’s co-founders Jessica Ducrou and Paul Piticco, co-CEOs of Secret Sounds.

“After careful consideration and consultation with our artists, crew and stakeholders,” they continue, “in these unpredictable times we have decided, as a precautionary measure, to move Splendour in the Grass 2020 out of the winter months.”

Flume, The Strokes and Tyler, The Creator are booked to headline this year’s 20th edition of Splendour, held at North Byron Parklands.

Also joining this year’s lineup is Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Midnight Oil (The Makarrata Project), Glass Animals, Denzel Curry, Duke Dumont Live, Violent Soho, Mura Masa, King Krule and many more.

Launched in 2001, SITG is always one of the hottest tickets on Australia’s festivals calendar. It ticks many boxes for live music fans. Rare among winter camping fests, Splendour is both a road trip and a dream holiday, held in one of the country’s most scenic spots, Byron Bay. And it’s not uncommon for international performers to test out new songs.

All tickets purchased for the original July 23-25 dates are valid for entry on the new dates, set for Oct. 23-25.

“We understand that many of our patrons have already made plans for July and we trust local accommodation and travel providers will act in the best interests of all to accommodate these changes without penalty,” Ducrou and Piticco add. “Huge thanks for your ongoing support and we’ll see you in October.”

While ticket-holders for Splendour still have something to look forward, the same can’t be said for thousands of other Australian festival-goers.

After Scott Morrison announced strict new measures intended to halt the spread of the novel coronavirus, Byron Bay Bluesfest announced its Easter 2020 show would be a canceled. A string of live music events in the land Down Under have folded or are listed as uncertain.

“The industry is absolutely in meltdown,” warns Evelyn Richardson, CEO of trade body Live Performance Australia. Richardson participated in a roundtable on Tuesday (March 17), led by Paul Fletcher, Federal Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts.

The live industry is still waiting for guidance and a pledge of financial support from the multi-billion-dollar bailout package established by federal government to keep industry and individuals afloat.

There’s no timeline on when the mass gathering ban will be lifted. “We see this closure period, this shutdown, as being probably a six-month period,” Richardson tells Billboard.


‘The Voice’ Recap: The Teams Are Full on Final Night of Blind Auditions

The Blind Auditions concluded on The Voice season 18 on Monday night. Coaches Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton, John Legend and Nick Jonas made their final selections, rounding out their teams of 12. The competition was tight, as there were only a few slots left.

Micah Iverson became the first male member of Team Kelly this season with his performance of “All I Want.” Jonas and Shelton also turned, but Clarkson picked him up easily, especially since Iverson noted Clarkson as an influence.

Brittney Allen probably would have turned more chairs with her creative performance of “Dancing On My Own” if she had gone earlier in the round, but since teams were tight, only Legend turned and she defaulted to Team Legend.

Tracey Preston did not turn any chairs, although Clarkson noted she may have had she gone earlier. Tyrone Perkins, a 68-year-old singer and bodybuilder, also did not turn any chairs.

Singing “Wave On Wave,” Cam Spinks seemed like an instant match for Team Blake with his straightforward country performance. Clarkson and Shelton both turned, but Spinks indeed went with Team Blake.

There were several one-chair turns, including Anders Drerup, who did a reggae version of “Can’t Help Falling In Love.” Jonas turned, so he landed on Team Nick by default.

A standout singer of the evening was Mandi Castillo, who got the only four-chair turn of the night with her Spanish-language performance. She cited her influences as Mariah Carey and Sade, and Legend touted the fact that he has worked with them before. Castillo was a big win for Team Legend.

Team Blake was officially full after Shelton was the only coach to turn for Kailey Abel’s performance of “Forever Young.”

Gigi Hess closed things out for Team Kelly with her performance of “Lovesong” by the Cure. No one else turned for her, and she was the final vocalist to join Clarkson’s team of mostly young female singers.

Jonas filled his team next with Kevin Farris, who gave an impressive performance of “Home” by Johnnyswim, rocking a bluegrass sound. Jonas and Legend both turned, but Jonas wanted it badly enough to take the stage with Farris.

As always, the last coach standing took their time making the final pick. In this case, it was Legend, who was waiting for the right artist to round out his team. Allison Grace didn’t do the trick with her performance of “Don’t Know Why.”

But the following artist Cedrice wowed Legend with her performance of “Fever.” Legend took his time turning, and Clarkson was bummed that she could not. But finally, he pressed his button, and Cedrice joined Team Legend. With that, the teams were full.

The Battle Round begins next week, with Bebe Rexha, Dua Lipa, Ella Mai and the remaining Jonas Brothers joining as team advisors.

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‘Voice’ Singer Mandi Castillo’s ‘Así Fue’ Performance Gets a Four-Chair Turn

The Voice got a much-needed Latin twist on Monday night (March 16), when Mandi Castillo took the stage to perform Juan Gabriel’s “Así Fue” for her blind audition.

Her rich vocals were so moving, that the performance caused all four coaches to turn their chairs in hopes of getting Castillo on their team.

Nick Jonas got misty-eyed when explaining to the Texas native what her performance meant to him. “Not trying to get emotional here, but I started thinking about how important it is to represent,” he explained, and his statement was met by erupting cheers from the audience. “Some of my favorite music in the world is sung in different languages. You are in a lane all on your own.”

When Castillo mentioned that her favorite singers are Mariah Carey and Sade, John Legend quickly established a connection with the hopeful songstress by boasting that he toured with Sade and duetted with Carey on “When Christmas Comes.”

After much convincing (and a heated debate between Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton as to whether or not a violin and fiddle are the same instrument), Castillo ultimately went with her gut and chose Legend as her coach this season.

Watch the full audition below.

Heidi Klum Kisses Husband Tom Kaulitz Through Glass Due to Coronavirus

Heidi Klum recently shared that she was feeling unwell, and to keep her family safe while she waits for her test results, she’s staying apart from her husband, Tokio Hotel’s Tom Kaulitz.

However, the love is still strong! The model took to Instagram on Monday (March 16) to share a video kissing the musician through a glass screen. “Like many of you, I also have been sick all week and, unfortunately, my husband who returned from his tour a couple of days ago is also feeling ill,” she wrote in the caption, before noting that they finally got a coronavirus test and are waiting for the results.

“We don’t want to spread germs and risk others getting sicker… even each other! As much as I want to embrace him and kiss him, it is more important to do the right thing and not spread further,” she continued. “These are strange times… but in these moments, you remember what’s really important- the people you love and keeping them safe. Social distancing is what we all need to do right now to be responsible citizens of the world.”


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Like many of you, I also have been sick all week and, unfortunately, my husband who returned from his tour a couple of days ago is also feeling ill. To be safe, we are staying apart until we get the results of our Coronavirus tests (that we were finally able to get today) back. We don’t want to spread germs and risk others getting sicker… even each other! As much as I want to embrace him and kiss him, it is more important to do the right thing and not spread further. ❤️ These are strange times… but in these moments, you remember what’s really important- the people you love and keeping them safe. Social distancing is what we all need to do right now to be responsible citizens of the world. We are all in this together and it is up to us to protect our loved ones, and our neighbors and our communities. Please listen to the officials and stay at home if you can and physically distance yourself from other people… especially if you are not feeling well. I see all the beautiful things people are doing for each other all over the globe and that gives me hope! Sending all of you love and positivity and healing vibes… together we can get through this but we need to be proactive so that we can all have a bright and healthy future. ✌❤️ #socialdistancing #washyourhands #stayput #bekindtoeachother

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Last week, Klum uploaded a video noting that she was sent home sick from her job at America’s Got Talent, and said she was feeling sick with “a chill, feeling feverish, cough, runny nose. I’m just not feeling good, so that’s why I’ve stayed home, to not infect any other people.” At the time, Klum was unable to find access to a coronavirus test.


Hey, Frustrated Sports Fans: Here Are the 20 Best Awards Show Stats

Sports fans love obsessing over records. From an early age, they collect baseball cards and pore over the sports pages memorizing even the most arcane records. Now, suddenly, their world has gone dark.

I don’t know if awards shows will start back up again before sporting events do, but while we all wait for our respective worlds to get back to normal, here are 20 of the most prized records at awards shows. These are the equivalent, for music obsessives, of such fabled sports records as Cy Young’s 749 complete games and Wayne Gretzky’s 92 goals in a season.

Only artists to win eight Grammys in one night: Michael Jackson (1984) and Santana (2000)

Only music video to win nine MTV Video Music Awards: Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer” (1987)

Only artist to win the Grammy for album of the year with three consecutive studio albums: Stevie Wonder (1974-75 and 1977)

Only artist to sweep the “Big Three” Grammys (album, record and song of the year) twice: Adele (2012 and 2017)

Youngest Grammy winner for album of the year: Billie Eilish (18 in 2020)

Youngest Grammy winner for best new artist: LeAnn Rimes (14 in 1997)

First woman to win the CMA Award for entertainer of the year: Loretta Lynn (1972)

Only artist to win the CMA Award for entertainer of the year seven times: Garth Brooks

Only artist to win the ACM Award for album of the year five times: Miranda Lambert (who did it with five consecutive studio albums!)

Only composer to win three Oscars in one night: Marvin Hamlisch (1974)

Most Oscar nominations by a composer: John Williams (52—47 for scoring, five for songwriting)

First African-American songwriter to win an Oscar for best original song: Isaac Hayes for “Theme from Shaft” (1971)

First person to receive Oscar nominations for acting and songwriting in the same year: Mary J. Blige for Mudbound (2018)

Artist with the most Grammys: the late Hungarian-born conductor Georg Solti (31)

Only artists to win back-to-back Grammys for record of the year: Roberta Flack (1972-73) and U2 (2001-02)

First rock artist to win the Grammy for album of the year: The Beatles (1968)

First country artist to win the Grammy for album of the year: Glen Campbell (1969)

First hip-hop artist to win the Grammy for album of the year: Lauryn Hill (1999)

Only artist to win the Grammy for record of the year three times: Paul Simon (twice with Art Garfunkel, once on his own)

Youngest person to achieve EGOT status: Robert Lopez (who clinched it one week after turning 39 in 2014)


Watch Coldplay’s Chris Martin Serenade Fans From Afar Amid Coronavirus Crisis

John Legend and Coldplay are trying to alleviate the stress of social distancing after the coronavirus has forced many to stay home as a means of staying healthy and virus-free.

Taking to social media, Coldplay’s Chris Martin announced that he would be performing some music for anyone wanting to tune in via an Instagram live stream supported by Global Citizen.

“Hello everyone. I hope you and your family are safe and healthy. If anyone feels like chatting and listening to some music, I’m going to do a livestream on the Coldplay Instagram,” Martin tweeted, along with the hashtag #TogetherAtHome.

Watch his virtual concert below:

Meanwhile, Legend took to Twitter to express his praise for Martin’s idea and decided to follow suit and announced a live stream of his own.

“My friend Chris Martin did a lovely little concert from home today. I’ll be doing one tomorrow at 1pm Pacific time. See you soon. We’ll try to get through this together! #TogetherAtHome,” Legend wrote to his followers, adding that he’ll be taking song requests from anyone joining in.

Eager to continue bringing people together through music, Legend also asked his followers to let him know which other artists he should “pass the torch to.”

Nearly 170,000 people have been affected by the coronavirus, with more than 6,500 dead and new cases confirmed each day. The death toll in the United States climbed to 64 on Monday, while infections passed 3,700.

In recent days, the Department of Public Health has issued guidelines for residents to follow, which include avoiding non-essential travel, public gatherings and places where large groups of people congregate. Event organizers were also told to postpone or cancel non-essential gatherings of 250 or more until at least the end of March.

However during a Monday press conference, President Donald Trump announced new 15-day guidelines including recommendations that all Americans, including the young and healthy, avoid gathering in groups of more than 10 people, engage in working and schooling from home when possible, avoid discretionary travel and avoid eating and drinking in bars, restaurants and public food courts.

This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.