LiveNation is canceling, rescheduling and postponing Tampa Bay concerts left and right

Here’s what’s happening at Jannus Live, Amalie Arena, Yuengling Center, The Ritz and MidFlorida amp.

click to enlarge Janet Jackson, whose concert at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida has been postponed. - JANETJACKSON/FACEBOOK
Janet Jackson, whose concert at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida has been postponed.

It’s been a solid two months since Live Nation paused all concerts as the coronavirus started putting a halt on life as we know it, and this week’s been a huge bummer for the concert promotions giant’s Tampa Bay concert calendar.

  • As of Wednesday, the list of shows at Live Nation-controlled MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre has 11 canceled concerts plus five postponed and three rescheduled.
  • At Amalie Arena and Yuengling Center—venues operated by Vinik Sports Group—just two events are canceled, seven are postponed and four rescheduled.
  • The Ritz Ybor has just one canceled show, six postponed and three rescheduled.
  • At Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, two shows are rescheduled while four are postponed.

The latest schedule changes (click venue links above to see the lists) come in the same week that Billboard reported furloughs of approximately 2,100 of 10,500 Live Nation employees across multiple divisions. The company is also stockpiling debt by raising $1.2 billion in a note sale that gives Live Nation about $3 billion to weather a ravaged summer calendar.

I personally wouldn’t be surprised to see some of the postponed shows outright canceled, in phases, so that Live Nation doesn’t have to refund a gigantic wave of ticket money in one load.

Have a look at the company’s refund policy below, and then get caught up on it’s latest streaming offers via

  • For rescheduled shows, tickets will automatically be valid for the new date, unless the ticket holder opts for a refund within 30 days of the new show date being announced. If 60 days have passed since a show was postponed and no rescheduled dates have been announced, the 30-day window for refunds will open at that time.
  • For cancelled shows, ticket holders will automatically receive a refund within 30 days of the event being cancelled.
  • For cancelled shows at Live Nation venues, ticket holders will also have the option to receive their refund as a 150% credit to use towards buying future tickets. So if they spent $200 on tickets, they will receive $300 in credit. When they choose this option, Live Nation will donate tickets to healthcare workers to share the gift of live with those working on the front line through our Hero Nation program. We will donate one ticket for every ticket originally purchased.

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Read his intro letter and 2021 disclosure. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The Daily Beast. Products...
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