Just because the state of emergency has been lifted throughout the entire country of Japan, that doesn’t mean that the dangers surrounding COVID-19 are gone. Earlier today, the companies involved with hosting Animelo Summer Live 2020 -COLORS- have announced that they have made the tough decision to postpone the event for the safety of their guests, performers, and staff. The committee made the following announcement:
In light of the guidelines for the event that were announced recently with the lifting of the state of emergency, and in light of the unpredictable situation of the new coronavirus infection in Japan, we have decided to postpone the “ANIMELO Summer Live 2020 -COLORS-“, which was scheduled to be held from Friday, August 28 to Sunday, August 30, 2020, as a result of our top priority on the health and safety of our guests, performers, and related parties.
As Japan’s largest anime song festival event, this year’s event was to feature a total of 60 groups and 147 performers, and preparations for this event have been underway since last year in order to deliver the best of the Summer. Under the circumstances of the spread of infection by COVID-19, we have worked with the artists, staff, and other related parties for several months to consider countermeasures and responses, including whether the event can be held in a safe manner.
However, we have come to the conclusion that it would be extremely difficult to completely protect the health and safety of all fans, artists, and staff for this event, which was slated to attract more than 80,000 people in total, and we have made the painful decision to postpone the event, even with unannounced acts.
Please understand that due to the ever-changing situation and the nature of a festival with many people involved, there have been many adjustments and discussions, and the final conclusion has been to delay the event.
The committee responsible for holding the event went on to say that they will announce the results of the niconico pre-order as scheduled on May 29th (Friday) at 12:00 pm, but all ticket reservations and sales that were planned after that time will be canceled.
As these times are just as wavering as any, as I’ve said previously in articles related to the delays and cancelations of events, I’m happy to see that companies are taking responsibility to protect not only their guests and staff but especially the fans. No one wants to see anyone get hurt or even possibly lose their life over an event.
They have yet to announce a follow-up date for the event, but you can be sure that it will be just as massive of an event as it was initially planned to be.