iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Cancels Final Night of Holiday Concert Tour
The final stop of iHeartRadio’s Y100 Jingle Ball Tour Presented by Capital One holiday themed concert scheduled to take place today, December 19, at FLA Live Arena (formerly BB&T Center) in Sunrise, Florida, will not go on as planned.
It was a series of unfortunate COVID-19 related events that ultimately forced organizers of the annual multi-city concert spectacular to cancel the show. With the COVID-19 Delta variant wreaking havoc this winter, coupled with new Omicron variant cases making their way across the U.S. landscape, several Jingle Ball headline performers along with crew members have tested positive for COVID-19.
The concert series that started 26 years ago was originally scheduled to feature Doja Cat, Megan Thee Stallion, Black Eyed Peas, AJR, Saweetie, Tate McRae, Monsta X, Bazzi, Anitta and Dixie D’Amelio on the final night of the 10 city tour. The highly successful and well-attended event has expanded into a massive annual tour that is hosted by local iHeartRadio stations across major U.S. metropolises that had included successful tour stops beginning in Dallas/Ft. Worth (November 30), Los Angeles (December 3), Minneapolis/St. Paul (December 6), and Philadelphia (December 13). Doja Cat had to cancel performances in New York (December 10) and Boston (December 12) because a member of her crew had tested positive for COVID-19. Shows in Chicago (December 7) and Washington D.C. (December 14) went on as planned. COVID-19 had different plans for the final two stops on the tour where Doja Cat, Megan Thee Stallion and the Jonas Brothers had decided to pull out of the tour last week due to COVID-19 infections. Doja Cat had tested positive while Megan the Stallion posted on social media that she didn’t test positive, but that she wasn’t feeling well. However, a member of Megan the Stallion’s crew had tested positive just days earlier. The positive infections caused indie-pop rockers AJR to drop out of the final tour stops and organizers were able to add Grammy Award winning reggae artist Sean Paul as a replacement. With rappers Doja Cat and Megan the Stallion the headline acts on the bill not being able to perform, along with the increase of Covid-19 infections was certainly enough for festival organizers to make the difficult decision to cancel the final night of the tour.
“Due to the increased transmission of the new Covid-19 variant and to further minimize any potential risks, as a precautionary measure and for the safety of our staff, talent and guests, we have made the decision to cancel tonight’s iHeartRadio YIOO Jingle Ball,” festival organizers announced.
Ticket holders for tonight’s Y100 Jingle Ball show will receive refunds at the point of purchase in 48 hours, promoters announced.