[UPDATE 1/30/21]: Health officials in Riverside County, CA where both Coachella and Stagecoach festivals take place have confirmed the two major music events will no longer happen as scheduled in April 2020.
The latest cancellation of Coachella, which was set to return on April 9th-11th and April 16th-18th, and Stagecoach (April 23rd-25th) was confirmed on Friday afternoon by Dr. Cameron Kaiser, a public health officer for Riverside County, who shared via his Twitter, “Due to the pandemic, Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser today (Jan. 29) signed a public health order canceling Coachella Valley Music and Arts, Stagecoach Country Music festivals planned for April 2021. We look forward to when the events may return.”
No rescheduled 2021 dates for either event have been confirmed by the festivals’ producers AEG/Goldenvoice, Billboard also confirmed. Earlier reports shared back in October 2020 revealed Goldenvoice was already planning to reschedule its spring events again to sometime in fall 2021.
Friday’s announcement marks the third time Coachella has had to scrap its planned dates since first postponing in March 2020. While some major music festivals in North America like New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival have already rescheduled their spring 2021 events to the fall months, it’s not clear at the moment whether Coachella and Stagecoach will try to do the same for the second year in a row.
Earlier this month it was reported that Goldenvoice is reportedly in talks with Riverside County health officials to help set up a mass vaccination site at its 500-acre El Dorado Polo Club in Indio where the two festivals take place each spring.
[10/7/20]: Executives at Goldenvoice and AEG Presents are reportedly planning to reschedule the dates for Coachella (and likely Stagecoach) again, to sometime in the fall of 2021, Rolling Stone reports.
According to the report, unnamed sources who have been in direct communication with Coachella organizers have told the media outlet they have been asked by those organizers to prepare for another reschedule to the fall 2021 months, although no specific dates were included.
“Frankly, they were supposed to announce [the change] over Labor Day,” the industry source told Rolling Stone. “They hadn’t. And they were supposed to announce at the end of September — they hadn’t.”
The report shared on Wednesday comes after organizers for arguably the largest and most successful pop and country music festivals in North America have already been forced to reschedule their events not once, but twice since the emergence of COVID-19 in the early months of 2020. Goldenvoice first rescheduled the two spring 2020 festivals–which both take place on the same location in Indio, CA–to October 2020, but by mid-summer organizers were ultimately forced to push both events back even further to spring 2020. As of Wednesday, Coachella is still scheduled to take place on April 9th-11th, 2021 (weekend one), and April 16th-18th, 2021 (weekend two), with Stagecoach set for April 23rd–25th, 2021.
Another credible source, Mark Scott (city manager of Indio) tells Rolling Stone that his office is working on a “Budget option” for a possible third date postponement, but didn’t confirm any specific plans or dates.
“We know Goldenvoice is driven by a desire to deliver a quality experience,” Scott said, “So safety is a huge part of what they do … It would not surprise me if they had to defer again.”
The potential third postponement would match the pandemic timeline of a similar high-profile music festival, Bonnaroo. Like Coachella, it was among the first spring 2020 festivals to push dates to the fall. Organizers later announced new June 2020 dates, only to once again push the festival back, this time to September 2021.
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[H/T Rolling Stone]