Coachella and Stagecoach 2020 Music Festivals Officially Cancelled

Riverside County public health officials signed an order canceling both music festivals.

After being amongst the first major events to postpone festival dates in the wake of COVID-19, both Coachella and Stagecoach have been forced to cancel their re-scheduled dates by city health officials.

Riverside County Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser signed an order Wednesday canceling both music festivals, citing concerns over a possible surge of coronavirus cases in the fall.

“I am concerned as indications grow that COVID-19 could worsen in the fall,” Kaiser said. “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.”

Goldenvoice, the Los Angeles-based company that produces the music festivals, has yet to release an official statement, although county health officials revealed they’d spoken with them.

“After consulting with our public health officer and local leaders from the City of Indio and Goldenvoice, and with continued importance on public health, it was decided that postponing the concert series was appropriate and necessary,” said V. Manuel Perez, Fourth District supervisor,  in a statement.

It is anticipated that Goldenvoice will be announcing plans for a series of virtual events that will be hosted in place of the annual festivals, while working towards potentially scaled-back festivals next year.

UPDATE: June 10, 2020, 3:30 PM PST

Goldenvoice issued the following statement.
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.

 

 

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