Coronavirus Fears Prompt Promoters To Move The Popular Southern California Music Events
By Kevin Wilkerson, PubClub.com Nightlife Blogger
Coming on the heels of the cancelation of the massive South By Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, and concerns about coronavirus all over the world, organizers of the Coachella and Stagecoach music and entertainment festivals have postponed both of these wildly popular Southern California events.
The new dates are Oct. 9-11 and 16-18 for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and Oct. 23-25 for Stagecoach. The original dates were in April, with Coachella kicking off April 10.
Just two days earlier, the Indian Wells professional tennis tournament – the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells – scheduled for March 8-21 in the same vicinity as Coachella and Stagecoach, was canceled.
“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.
“Coachella will now take place on October 9, 10 and 11 and October 16, 17 and 18, 2020. Stagecoach will take place on October 23, 24 and 25, 2020. All purchases for the April dates will be honored for the rescheduled October dates. Purchasers will be notified by Friday, March 13 on how to obtain a refund if they are unable to attend.
“Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you in the desert this fall.”
More than 250,000 people go for Coachella, which is held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA , just outside of Palm Springs.
The 2020 headliner is Rage Against The Machine with Travis Scott and Frank Ocean scheduled as other top acts. Golden Voice hopes to keep much of the original lineup intact for both events.