Organizers of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival announced on Tuesday that the annual event would be postponed until October because of the concerns and fears surrounding the novel coronavirus. Another famous festival, the Stagecoach Festival of country music that takes place at the same venue as Coachella does, was postponed for the same reason as well. Both festivals are extremely popular and attract thousands of attendees every year, including celebrities and other famous people.
The decision was announced by the organizers of both events, the Goldenvoice company, on the official websites of the festivals, as well as on their Twitter and Instagram accounts.
The statement reads, “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.”
At the request of local health authorities, the events’ organizers had to postpone them until later in October.
According to the latest information, there are more than six hundred confirmed cases of people getting sick with COVID-2019 in the USA, the disease caused by coronavirus, and more than 20 people have already died.
Initially, Coachella was scheduled to be held on April 10-12 and April 17-19 in Indio, California. The new dates for the festival are October 9-11 and October 16-18 this year.
Stagecoach was set to be held on April 24-26 at the same location as Coachella, but now those willing to attend it will be able to do this on October 23-25.
The headliners for the 2020 Coachella Festival included Frank Ocean, Travis Scott, Rage Against the Machine, Thom Yorke, FKA Twigs, Brockhampton, and a lot more singers and musicians. However, in light of current events, it is unknown whether the same artists will be able to attend the event on rescheduled dates. This may utterly upset those who bought tickets in advance, hoping to see the performance of a particular artist.
The organizers of both festivals mentioned that all purchased tickets would be honored for the new dates. Moreover, those who won’t be able to attend the events in the fall will be notified on how to get a refund until March 13.