Berlin’s annual synth showcase, Superbooth, has been cancelled due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
A message on the Superbooth site reads:
“Due to the current health situation and the worldwide development of the Coronavirus
there will be no SuperBooth event in 2020.
All ticketholder can give their already purchased tickets back for a full refund”.
Last year marked the event’s fourth outing, attracting 7,500 visitors and cementing it as one of the most important events in the music technology calendar. Like in previous years, this year’s event was set to involve workshops, performances and over 200 exhibitors.
Superbooth is headed by Andreas Schneider, the man behind the landmark Berlin modular synth store SchneidersLaden. Organisers put out a statement on the novel coronavirus on February 28 urging calm. In it, they stated: “If we have the impression that we should act in any way, we will do so.” On the date of publishing, there had been 53 reported cases in Germany and none in Berlin. Yesterday, the number of cases reported nationally stood at 2,369.
What other music tech events have been cancelled or postponed?
Unfortunately, with the rapid spread of COVID-19 in recent days and weeks, it seemed only a matter of time until the highly anticipated synth show would be canned for this year. Scheduled to begin on April 23, Superbooth overlapped with Ableton Loop, which has also been postponed to next April.
As we recently reported, Berlin has placed a ban on all events with more than 1,000 attendees.
Superbooth’s [cancellation/postponement] follows a streak of music tech events that have either been postponed or cancelled, including SXSW in Texas, Musikmesse in Frankfurt and Synthplex in LA. Avid has pulled out of all upcoming events, instead opting to host a digital product unveiling and announced potentially putting on its own regional shows.
It’s also unlikely that many music festivals will take place in the coming months, especially after Coachella and Ultra, two major music festivals, have been postponed.
Meanwhile, Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis yesterday announced the UK festival’s 50th-anniversary line-up. The five-day festival is planned for 24 – 28 June and regularly attracts 200,000 attendees. Eavis added she had “fingers firmly crossed” the event could go ahead.