Metal Booking Agent Warns Touring May Not Resume Until 2021

With tours continuously being postponed and cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, many have wondered when bands will be able to play live again. A number of artists have already rescheduled their dates for later this year, but it is still unknown if it is actually feasible for concerts to return before the end of 2020. Daniel DeFonce of Continental Touring and Unique Leader Records recently took to Twitter to discuss this and he said that there is a possibility that touring won’t resume until early 2021.

DeFonce said the following:

“Too many people are being optimistic about touring in my opinion. This is very hard for me to even say. My life revolves around bands going on tour.”

“My opinion on when touring will start back up? Early 2021. Even if tours happen later this year…”

“If tours happen later this year, the turnouts will be cut in half, capacity of venues will be cut in half or even lower, if they are still in business. People will still be scared to go out even if social distancing is lifted.”

“How many promoters will have funds to back up the loss of any shows? I also see a lot of deals being turned into door deals. How many bands can leave home to play shows for door deals?”

“As each day goes by, it gets scarier and scarier how serious this virus is getting. My girlfriend works at a hospital. I hear about this stuff everyday she comes home from work. About all the changes they’re making, how she may have to hop between different hospitals.”

“Please chime in with your opinions if you’d like…”

“As everyday goes by, I am mentally preparing myself to have to start looking for a new job outside of the music industry. It’s just what I will need to do and I am preparing myself for that.”

As sad as this is, it does seem very likely. In fact, there is a possibility that it may even take longer since it could take up to 18 months or more to get a vaccine for COVID-19. Despite this, DeFonce also added:

“RE: my tweet from the other day about touring…

I have tours that are not announced this year that will be announced soon. We are all in the mindset that they may get rescheduled or they might not. We won’t know until weeks before the start date of those tours….”

“So don’t take my tweets the other day the wrong way. I have had people think I’m saying tours will not happen this year and that’s that. This is not true. We just need to prepare for the worst and not be so optimistic.”

[via Metal Injection]

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