Coachella Delayed Until October Due to Coronavirus (Video)
Its fellow country music festival, Stagecoach, has also been postponed.
The organizers of Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals announced Tuesday that the events have been pushed back until October, due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Organizers confirmed on Twitter that Coachella’s Weekend 1 will now take place from October 9 through 11 and Weekend 2 will be October 16 through 18. The Stagecoach music festival, — a Coachella-like event dedicated to country music — has been delayed until October 23 through 25.
The original lineup was slated to feature Frank Ocean, Travis Scott and a reunion of Rage Against the Machine. Coachella did not release any information about the lineup for the rescheduled event.
The New York Times reported that Goldenvoice, the festival’s promoter, has been working with talent agents to secure the original lineup for the new dates.
All tickets for the original April dates will be honored at the October festivals. Attendees who have already purchased tickets to either festival will be contacted by Friday, March 13 with information on how to obtain a refund if they are unable to attend the rescheduled dates.
California’s Riverside County, where the festivals take place, announced six coronavirus cases on Tuesday, including four in the Coachella Valley. The county ordered the cancellation of the festivals due to public health risk.
“This decision was not taken lightly or without consideration of many factors,” Riverside County Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser said in a statement. “No doubt it will impact many people, but my top priority is to protect the health of the entire community.”
Last week, South by Southwest, a 10-day music, art and technology festival in Austin, Texas, abruptly canceled its 2020 event, just a week before it was scheduled to start.
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