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Coldplay, Lil Nas X out for UK Jingle Bell Ball Show After ‘Members of Their Teams’ Test Positive for COVID-19

On Dec. 11 and Dec. 12, Capital FM's Jingle Bell Ball concert took place at The O2 in London. Lil Nas X and Coldplay were expected to perform at the concerts but canceled their performances after 'members of their teams' tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Capital FM’s annual Jingle Bell Ball took place on Dec. 11 and Dec. 12 at The O2 in London. While both Lil Nas X and Coldplay were originally scheduled to perform at the concert, the artists had to cancel their concert appearances due to “members of their teams” testing positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19).

A joined photo of Lil Nas X and Coldplay performing
(L-R) Lil Nas X and Coldplay | John Lamparski/Getty Images; Marco Piraccini/Archivio Marco Piraccini/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images

Lil Nas X and Coldplay did not perform at the 2021 Jingle Bell Ball

At the 2021 Jingle Bell Ball, Coldplay were set to perform on Dec. 11 while Lil Nas X was supposed to perform at the Dec. 12 concert.

On Dec. 11, Capital FM released a statement announcing the artists would not be able to perform at either concert.

The statement reads:

“Sadly we have to announce that Coldplay and Lil Nas X have had to pull out of performing at this weekend’s Jingle Bell Ball with Barclaycard.

Both acts have had members of their teams test positive for COVID-19 and therefore are not able to perform. We’d like to wish the very best and a speedy recovery to Coldplay, Lil Nas X and their teams.

Of course, everyone at Capital is absolutely gutted, but the show must go on…”

Capital FM found replacements for Coldplay and Lil Nas X

In the announcement, Capital FM let fans know that ArrDee and Tom Grennan were added to the concert’s lineup as replacement acts.

“We’d also like to confirm that at this time, Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran will be playing extended sets on their respective nights,” Capital FM wrote in the statement.

On Dec. 11, Bieber headlined the Jingle Bell Ball concert, and Grennan, ArrDee, Jax Jones, Years & Years, Becky Hill, Jesy Nelson, Sigrid, Mimi Webb, Billen Ted, 220 Kid, and Riton also performed.

Sheeran was the headliner for the Dec. 12 show, and Joel Corry, KSI, Griff, Anne-Marie, JLS, Nathan Dawe, Shane Codd, Jonasu, ArrDee, and Grennan performed as well.


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Doja Cat also canceled performances due to the coronavirus

While in-person events have returned and artists are touring again, precautions are still taken due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

On Dec. 12, Doja Cat revealed that she tested positive for the coronavirus and would be unable to perform at any remaining Jingle Ball concerts.

“As most of you probably heard earlier, a few members on my production team tested positive for Covid 19 and I had to cancel a couple of my upcoming performances as a safety precaution. Unfortunately, I’m sad to share that I just tested positive as well and will no longer be able to perform on the rest of the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour,” Doja Cat wrote on Twitter.

Two stops remain for the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour. On Dec. 16, the Power 96.1 Jingle Ball concert will take place in Atlanta. The Y100 Jingle Ball concert will be held in Miami on Dec. 19.