Coachella has reportedly been added to the list of festival postponements in the wake of growing coronavirus concerns.
Update March 10: Goldenvoice has released an official statement postponing Coachella and Stagecoach until October. Details can be found over inside this post.
Earlier: One of the biggest topics that have been on the minds of many festival-goers over the past two weeks has been the growing concerns over the coronavirus. Last week saw Ultra Miami, SXSW, Tomorrowland Winter, and Ultra Abu Dhabi cancel their plans and this week has already seen Winter Music Conference and Get Lost Miami postponed as well. Now, Coachella has seemingly been added to the list.
The news surrounding the postponements of Coachella has a twist, though, as unlike other festivals that have claimed postponement and are pushing it to 2021, Goldenvoice is still intent on 2020 happening. The Festive Owl, other industry sources, and our own independent ones have stated that the festivals will be moved to the fall, with Coachella now to take place on the weekends of October 9 and 16.
The postponement comes after a whirlwind of news arriving out of Riverside County last week where local officials held a press conference stating that the festival would continue. On Sunday, the region’s first reported case of coronavirus was confirmed with the patient being placed in isolation just 30 minutes away from Empire Polo Grounds. Riverside County declared a public health emergency later that day and today, three more cases were reported in Coachella Valley.
According to Festive Owl’s sources, Goldenvoice will be making an official announcement regarding the postponement. Additionally, the organizers will supposedly be working to retain as many artists on the lineup that was set to feature Rage Against The Machine, Travis Scott, Frank Ocean, Lane 8, Calvin Harris, Duck Sauce, and more.
As of publishing, there has been no official statement from Goldenvoice regarding the postponement of Coachella or Stagecoach. We’ll update this post accordingly once one is made.
Stay tuned for more information about other cancellations from around the world as we continue to follow the impact coronavirus has on the festival season this year.