KEY POINTS

  • Coachella, the highl anticipated music festival, has been pushed back to October due to the coronavirus outbreak
  • The promoter of the event announced that they are taking this decision to keep everyone safe
  • Travis Scott is one of the artists who was going to headline the festival in April

Coachella, the highly influential music festival, has become the latest event to get postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak. The festival is known for its unique style and has turned out to become one of the massive musical events in the recent times.     

In a statement obtained by the Hollywood Reporter, the show’s promoter, Golden Voice, announced that the much-awaited festival is postponed until October to prevent the spread of the deadly virus. Local authorities told the organizers to postpone the event because they were not letting anyone organize a large public gathering due to the outbreak.

The statement further revealed that the organizers are worried about the health and safety of their guests, staff, and community, prompting them to re-schedule the festival. They also urged the people to follow all the protocols set by the authorities and also announced new dates for the event.

“At the direction of the County of Riverside and local health authorities, we must sadly confirm the rescheduling of Coachella and Stagecoach due to COVID-19 concerns. We urge everyone to follow the guidelines and protocols put forth by public health officials,” the statement read.

Coachella has now been pushed back to the second week and third week of October while Stagecoach will take place in the last week of the same month.

“Coachella will now take place on October 9, 10, and 11 and October 16,17, and 18, 2020. Stagecoach will take place on October 23, 24, and 25, 2020,” the statement read.

Everyone who purchased the tickets for the event that was originally planned for April will get the notification for the new dates and those who won’t be able to attend the festival can opt for a refund.  

Artists and bands like Travis Scott, Frank Ocean, and Run Against The Machine were going to headline the festival this year. However, it is yet to be known if they will available to perform on the new dates.

The decision of postponing the event came after the Riverside county’s Goveror General declared a state of emergency due to the disease. Six positive cases for coronavirus have been identified in the county.

The life-threatening disease is forcing every big organization and artist to either cancel or postpone their respective events. Yesterday, Madonna decided to cancel the last two shows of the ongoing Madame X tour in Paris because of the restrictions imposed by the government of France due to the spread of coronavirus.

Other major events like SXSW, Chinese Grand Prix, and the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup 2022 have also been postponed.

California's Coachella festival has been sold out for months and generates big business -- but faces cancellation or postponement over coronavirus fears California's Coachella festival has been sold out for months and generates big business -- but faces cancellation or postponement over coronavirus fears Photo: AFP / VALERIE MACON