Coachella Has Officially Been Postponed

The festival is being moved to October due to “public health concerns.”

Coachella Has Officially Been Postponed

By

Aaron Chan

3/10/2020 8:50 PM

They’ve done it. Goldenvoice, the company in charge of putting on Coachella after mass speculation yesterday has moved Coachella’s two weekends to October in light of concerns surrounding corona virus.

Originally slated to take place April 10-12 and April 17-19, Coachella has been moved to October 9-11 and October 16-18, with its corresponding Stagecoach country festival happening October 23-25.

This comes after three cases of the disease have arisen in the Indio Valley. Dr. Cameron Kaiser, the public health officer of Riverside which encompasses the festival site ordered the cancellation of the festivals.

Unlike SXSW or Ultra, Coachella will be offering refunds to those who purchased passes with more information being released this Friday.

Postponing the festival will seemingly curb the financial detriment associated with a full on cancellation and layoff of staff that SXSW has had to face in the aftermath of their cancellation last Friday.

Goldenvoice has remained mum on whether the entire lineup will be able to rebook for the fall, though allegedly spent yesterday contacting press agents to see if this was possible. For example Rage Against the Machine headlining Day 1 will already have embarked on the European leg of their tour around this time.

Coronavirus is already posing a significant disruption to the live music business with many prominent bands cancelling and postponing tours and many festivals going into limbo due to fear of an outbreak. The cancellation of SXSW despite no cases of coronavirus appearing within the area has had massive implications on the local economy with many layoffs occurring within the organization and no refunds as the festival was not insured for widespread disease.

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