Nine Inch Nails, Ozzy And More Cancel SXSW Appearances Due To Coronavirus
All three acts were set to participate in the film section of the festival in Austin, Texas, with NIN leading a keynote speech on their amazing Watchmen score, Ozzy promoting his documentary, Biography: The Nine Lives Of Ozzy Osbourne, and Beastie Boys discussing the Spike Jonze-directed Beastie Boys Story.
Now, though, they join the likes of Netflix, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon Studios and TikTok, who have all also dropped out of the event – which is still scheduled to run from March 13-22 – due to the ongoing travel and health concerns related to coronavirus.
“As a precaution, WarnerMedia has decided it best not to move forward with activations at SXSW,” say WarnerMedia, the company who ultimately own Nine Inch Nails’ and Beastie Boys’ respective projects. “We look forward to seeing everyone in Austin next year.”
Though the choice was out of Nine Inch Nails’ hands, the band tweeted that “it was the right decision”.
“We will see you soon,” they added. “Be safe and smart.”
We’re sorry we won’t be giving our Watchmen keynote at SXSW this year (because we had some surprises in store!) Ho… https://t.co/LLizNOB5sx— nine inch nails (@nineinchnails) Thu Mar 05 19:14:50 +0000 2020
Earlier in the week, Dr. Mark Escott, interim medical director and health authority for Austin Public Health, told Austin American-Statesman: “Right now, there is no evidence that closing South By Southwest or other activities is going to make this community safer. And if there’s any evidence that our community will be safer by closing down public events, we’ll do that.”
Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor is also looking ahead to “hopefully be playing music live for you in 2021”.
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