After days of rumors and speculation, Goldenvoice has confirmed that Coachella and Stagecoach will be postponed until October due to public safety concerns surrounding COVID-19, or Coronavirus.
“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,” the festivals’ organizers said in a statement. “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.”
Coachella was scheduled to take place over two consecutive weekends: April 10-12 and April 17-19. Stagecoach would’ve followed the next weekend. Both festivals are held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California.
The announcement is just the latest in a string of events being canceled or postponed. Just last week, South by Southwest in Austin, Texas was canceled.
Coachella will now be held in October, also across two weekends, on October 9-11 and 16-18. Stagecoach will then be held on the weekend of October 23-25. All performers confirmed to play both festivals are still expected to perform, including the much anticipated reunion of Rage Against the Machine.
By Michael Jacobo
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