Coachella, Stagecoach festivals postponed for a third time due to coronavirus – Orange County Register
The double editions of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and the Stagecoach Country Music Festival have been officially postponed for the third time due to the novel coronavirus, and no new dates have been announced.
Dr. Riverside County’s Health Officer Cameron Kaiser signed a public health ordinance on Friday, January 29, forcing the cancellation of music festivals for the Empire Polo Club in Indio for the April 2021 dates.
“The first thing to note is that this event cannot take place in the state framework anyway,” Kaiser said in a telephone interview on Friday afternoon.
Riverside County, like much of the state, remains in the purple tier, which is the most restrictive, and large gatherings are not allowed.
“We are through the worst COVID-19 surge ever during the pandemic,” he said.
Coachella and Stagecoach were originally supposed to take place over three weekends in April 2020. Due to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus, the events were originally postponed to October 2020.
However, since the number of positive cases is still too high to safely gather the crowds, the festival organizer Goldenvoice has postponed the dates for April 9-11 and April 16-18, 2021 for Coachella, followed by Stagecoach on April 23rd. 25th
New dates were not announced and Goldenvoice hadn’t posted a comment as of late Friday afternoon.
The Coachella website did not mention the cancellation of the April dates, but did release information about the clothing line released on Friday afternoon in late 2020. The Stagecoach website refund policy has been published on the website from 2020.
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Regarding what if major events like the music festivals could take place and what requirements could be placed on attendees, Kaiser said the county wants to be in line with the state to “ensure we have a consistent approach have carried out. ”
The formerly bustling live music festival industry has been decimated by COVID-19.
Many festivals in the USA, such as BottleRock Napa and Bonnaroo in Tennessee, have already postponed their dates for 2021 to September. And England’s Glastonbury, a pillar of the international festival community, has completely canceled its plans for 2021.
There is speculation that Coachella has not taken place in April 2021 for months. Rolling Stone reported in October 2020 that an unnamed source at AEG and Goldenvoice said the companies were ready to reschedule the festivals to fall 2021, and they were working to secure all of the artists, even though some had dropped the bill.
The original Coachella 2020 cast was to headline Rage Against the Machine, Frank Ocean and Travis Scott, as well as Thom Yorke, Run the Jewels, FKA-Zweig, Disclosure, Lana Del Rey, DaBaby, Danny Elfman, Calvin Harris, Lil Nas X and More.
At a meeting of the Riverside County Board of Supervisors earlier this month, Supervisor V. Manuel Perez said he was in talks with Goldenvoice for help with a mass vaccination site. Kaiser said it was something the county was considering but it was for the time being to talk about it.
“Our main focus in vaccination is currently on getting as much as possible into as many arms as possible,” said Kaiser.
Kaiser urged the public to “do the right things with face-covering and social distancing so that enough of us get the shot, then Coachella, like everything else, can come back quicker.”