Coachella Festival 2020, which was originally postponed from its usual April dates to October due to the ongoing pandemic, now looks set to be cancelled.
The Californian festival announced back in March that it would be moved back from its usual April dates to October but now it is now being reported that the 2020 event has been called off by its parent company AEG who have in addition laid off and furloughed staff.
According to Billboard, AEG (the Anschutz Entertainment Group) has laid off 15 per cent of its staff, as well as furloughing 100 employees and has cut pay by up to 50 per cent. In an email to staff, which has been obtained by Billboard, CEO Dan Beckerman said the move will affect staff across the world.
“It is an agonising decision, but sadly, a necessary one,” Beckerman said. “The world is slowly re-opening, and our industry will re-open later and more slowly than most.”
Event organisers Goldenvoice are reportedly deciding between running a smaller Coachella event in 2021 in the hopes restrictions have eased by then and then throwing a full-scale festival in October next year.
“It is clear now that live events with fans will not resume for many months and likely not until sometime in 2021,” Beckerman said.
The festival was set to feature names such as Rage Against The Machine, Travis Scott, Frank Ocean, Calvin Harris, Flume, Lana Del Rey, Disclosure and Thom Yorke as well as a host of other names who will have to wait until next year now to perform on Coachella’s idyllic stage.