Coachella 2020 has officially been cancelled. However, the brand new dates for the festival’s 2021 edition have now been revealed
The idyllic Californian festival was originally set to take place this year on April 10–12 as well as 17–19 with Rage Against the Machine, Travis Scott and Frank Ocean due to appear as headliners but following the pandemic it was then moved to October 9–11 and 16–18 before it was cancelled altogether.
Following reports yesterday that the 2020 edition of Coachella had been called off directly by health officials, festival organisers Goldenvoice has now officially announced that Coachella 2020 is a non-starter. The festival will now run from April 16th-18th next year as well as April 23rd-25th.
“Under the continuing health guidance of the County of Riverside, Coachella and Stagecoach 2020 will not take place this October as previously rescheduled,” the organisers said in a statement. “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.”
Riverside County’s public health officer, Dr Cameron Kaiser signed an order on Wednesday that cancelled Coachella as well as its smaller sister festival, Stagecoach, amid fears of the damage that would do due to the current pandemic.
“Events like Coachella and Stagecoach would fall under [California] Governor [Gavin] 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,” Kaiser said.
“These decisions are not taken lightly with the knowledge that many people will be impacted. My first priority is the health of the community.”