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Coachella could be postponed until October due to the coronavirus outbreak


As SXSW was cancelled last week the attentions of festivalgoers have now turned to Coachella 2020. Sources suggest promoters are working to postpone the event until October amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Though no official announcement has yet to be made it feels like it is only a matter of time before Covid-19 brings the mega-festival to its knees.

According to Rolling Stone and The Hollywood Reporter sources have said Goldenvoice, the festival’s promoter, is working with officials to move the event to October instead of cancelling it altogether.

Coachella is scheduled to begin on the weekend of April 10th with Travis Scott, Rage Against The Machine and Frank Ocean all set to headline. The promoters are also looking to move their country music festival, Stagecoach to October too.

The ongoing epidemic of coronavirus disease was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei in China. 9 March 2020, over 114,000 cases have been confirmed, of which 7,100 were classified as serious.

With more than 4,000 people having died from the virus, most of which have come in different provinces of China, coronavirus has now spread to 110 other countries—including mainland Europe, South America and North America. Health advisors have warned that the virus spreads easily between people in a similar way to influenza, via respiratory droplets from coughing or sneezing, which is why large events are being cancelled or postponed.

The Hollywood Reporter suggests that Goldenvoice is looking to postpone Coachella to the weekends of October 9th and 16th, and Stagecoach to the following weekend.

Confirmation of the postponement is expected within 48 hours. If the festivals aren’t granted there is a high probability the events will be cancelled altogether.