The 2020 Coachella has been postponed due to the coronavirus.
The festival has been pushed back to the weekends of Oct. 9-11 and Oct. 16-18 from its original dates of April 10-12 and April 17-19, promoter Goldenvoice announced Tuesday. Its country counterpart, Stagecoach, will also be moved to Oct. 23-25.
A statement from Goldenvoice,
“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.
While this decision comes at a time of universal uncertainty, we take the safety and health of our guests, staff and community very seriously. We urge everyone to follow the guidelines and protocols put forth by public health officials.”
All purchases for the April dates will be honored for the rescheduled October dates. Purchasers will be notified by Friday, March 13, on how to obtain a refund if they are unable to attend.”
Rage Against the Machine, Travis Scott and Frank Ocean were set to headline Coachella. It’s unclear which headliners or acts will still perform in October.
About 100,000 people attend each day of the festival, which earned about $114 million in 2017. The only instance in the 21 years since Coachella was founded in 1999, has not occurred was the following year, 200, due to financial problems.
The news follows last week’s cancellation of SXSW in Austin, Texas, which would have started this Friday. Elsewhere, Miami’s Ultra Music Festival was delayed until 2021. France’s Tomorrowland Music Festival was canceled on Thursday, too, and Miley Cyrus, Pearl Jam and Madonna are among the musicians calling off some concert performances.
But not to worry, fashionistas, New York’s Met Gala is said to be proceeding as planned.