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Goldenvoice (Coachella’s organizer) has postponed both weekends of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival 2020 amid concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19). The festival was scheduled to take place in Indio, California from April 10-12 and April 17-19. It’s now been pushed to the weekends of October 9-11 and 16-18. Information about refunds is being sent to those who purchased tickets this week. Find Coachella’s official announcement statement below.
Coachella has taken place in April every year since 2001. The inaugural festival took place in October 1999. (There was no Coachella in 2000.) Goldenvoice’s 2016 classic rock festival Desert Trip also took place in October. Stagecoach Festival—Goldenvoice’s country festival scheduled for the weekend of April 24—has also been postponed until the weekend of October 23-25.
Goldenvoice’s statement today makes no mention about whether the postponed dates will affect this year’s lineup. The announced headliners for 2020 include Frank Ocean, Rage Against the Machine, and Travis Scott. Lana Del Rey, Lil Uzi Vert, Thom Yorke, Run the Jewels, Danny Elfman, FKA twigs, DaBaby, 21 Savage, Caribou, Lil Nas X, and more are also on the lineup.
Coronavirus concerns have led to the cancellation of multiple large-scale music events so far this year. On March 6, SXSW 2020 was canceled. Last month, BTS and Green Day were among the artists to cancel or postpone dates in Asia. Both Ultra Music Festival in Miami and EDM festival TomorrowLand in France have canceled over concerns for public health amid the coronavirus outbreak. Pearl Jam have postponed their upcoming North American tour.
At publication time, four confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the Coachella Valley region.