Two of the nation’s biggest music festivals, Coachella and Stagecoach, have been cancelled due to the outbreak of COVID-19, and the county and state restrictions put into place reducing the size of social gatherings.
Stagecoach was originally scheduled to take place April 24- 26, 2020 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, Stagecoach and was postponed till October 23-25. However, with the growing concern of the coronavirus pandemic, health officials have decided to not allow the events to move forward.
“I am concerned as indications grow that COVID-19 could worsen in the fall,” Riverside County Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser said via a press release. “In addition, events like Coachella and Stagecoach would fall under Governor Newsom’s Stage 4, which he has previously stated would require treatments or a vaccine to enter. Given the projected circumstances and potential, I would not be comfortable moving forward.”
“After consulting with our public health officer and local leaders from the City of Indio and Goldenvoice, and with continued importance on public health,” said Chair V. Manuel Perez, Fourth District Supervisor, “it was decided that postponing the concert series was appropriate and necessary.”
Goldenvoice also released a statement which you can read below.
“Under the continuing health guidance of the County of Riverside, Coachella and Stagecoach 2020 will not take place this October as previously rescheduled. This is not the future that any of us hoped to confront, but our main focus remains the well-being of our fans, staff, artists, desert partners and everyone involved in the festival.
A year without Coachella and Stagecoach is hard for us to comprehend, but we have every intention of returning in 2021. As of now, Coachella weekend one will take place April 9 – 11, 2021 and weekend two will be April 16 – 18, 2021. Stagecoach is set for April 23 – 25, 2021. We look forward to sharing our new lineups and more information. We can’t wait to be together in the desert again when it is safe.
All 2020 passes will be honored in 2021. Current pass holders will be sent an email by the end of the day on Monday, June 15 with further instructions to request a refund or to roll over to next year.”
The popular country music festival is scheduled to include headlining performances from Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood and Eric Church. As well as performances by Brett Young, Dustin Lynch, Morgan Wallen, Dan + Shay, Midland, Alan Jackson, Jon Pardi, Riley Green, Mitchell Tenpenny, Tanya Tucker and many more.
Coachella was set to feature headliners Travis Scott, Frank Ocean and Rage Against the Machine.
Dates for next year have yet to be announced but Billboard reports that officials at promoter Goldenvoice are “determining” if they want to return at a limited capacity in April 2021 or stage a high-capacity return in October 2021. The company hasn’t yet made the official decisions until they get more clarity on the pandemic’s continued growth.