LOS ANGELES: The Coachella music festival has been postponed from its usual two-weekend-run in April to October due to growing concerns about coronavirus.
The festival’s producer Goldenvoice made the announcement and also confirmed that Stagecoach, a country music festival, will also be postponed. Coachella, held in Southern California, will now take place on October 9-11 and Oct. 16-18, while Stagecoach will take place from October 23-25.
“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,” Goldenvoice said in a statement.
The company said all passes for original dates will be honored for the rescheduled shows, and customers will be notified by Friday on how to obtain a refund if they cannot attend.
Travis Scott, Frank Ocean, and Rage Against the Machine, were originally announced as headliners of Coachella. Others announced to perform included Calvin Harris, Lana Del Rey, Thom Yorke, 21 Savage, Disclosure, Summer Walker, Lil Uzi Vert and FKA twigs. The organisers didn’t say if the performance lineup would change or stay intact.
Riverside County, which has six coronavirus cases, declared a public health emergency on Sunday. “No doubt it will impact many people, but my top priority is to protect the health of the entire community.” said Riverside County Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser.
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