California Officially Cancels Coachella and Stagecoach Festivals
Dates for next year have been scheduled.
The Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals have officially been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
After initially being postponed from April to October, Public Riverside County, California, where the festival is held, ordered the cancellations of the festivals on Wednesday, “based on concerns of a fall resurgence of COVID-19.”
“Events like Coachella and Stagecoach would fall under Governor Newsom’s Stage 4, which he has previously stated would require treatments or a vaccine to enter,” the public health officer for Riverside County, Dr. Cameron Kaiser, said in a statement Wednesday. “Given the projected circumstances and potential, I would not be comfortable moving forward.”
The decision was made in partnership with Goldenvoice, the operator behind both festivals, the state said.
"A year without Coachella and Stagecoach is hard for us to comprehend, but we have every intention of returning in 2021," Goldenvoice said in a statement shared with Travel + Leisure. The company also confirmed dates for next year; weekend one of Coachella will take place on Apr. 9-11, 2021, and weekend two will follow on Apr. 16-18, 2021. Stagecoach will take place on Apr. 23-25, 2021
Goldenvoice confirmed to T+L that ticketholders can either use their 2020 passes for 2021 or receive a refund. Ticketholders will receive an email on June 15 for further information.
The original Coachella lineup was slated to feature Frank Ocean, Travis Scott, Lana Del Rey, Calvin Harris, and a reunion of Rage Against the Machine. Carrie Underwood was set to perform at Stagecoach.
California is continuing its reopening after months of lockdown. Most of the state is in Phase 2 of its reopening plans, with shopping and restaurants beginning to reopen, with restrictions in place. Californians are still encouraged to limit their time spent outside of their homes.
On Wednesday, California’s Disneyland Resort announced its plans to reopen next month. Pending approval from both state and local governments, Downtown Disney will reopen on July 9 with select parks to reopen over the coming weeks.
Concerts and large events like Coachella are in California’s final Phase 4 of reopening, dates of which have not been set.