California’s iconic Coachella Music and Arts Festival looks set to postpone once again this year, and the event will not go ahead until 2022.
This update arrives from Variety, who have received knowledge from two separate industry sources who have informed the publication that the festival will not be going ahead as planned in 2021. The sources also speculate that it’s likely that the event’s organisers also postpone the country music-themed sister-festival Stagecoach.
Currently, the update is merely speculation and, as of yet, the postponement has still not been confirmed by the festival’s promoter, Goldenvoice, or its parent company AEG. Both companies declined to comment when asked by Variety.
The sources state that AEG and Goldenvoice’s decision to reschedule the event is down to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which has left uncertainty over whether it’s possible to hold a large-scale festival this year. This response is different from other major festivals across the US, including Governors Ball and Outside Lands, who have been promoting their events and plan to go ahead this year.
“There’s a big difference between having two weekends of Coachella in California and throwing a country festival in Florida,” one of the sources told Variety.
This latest delay will be the fourth time that Coachella has been postponed over the last twelve months. In 2020, the festival was first pushed back from April to October due to the pandemic. In June, it was announced that the event will not be taking place in 2020 and will return in April 2021. The rumour mill came back into action once more and stated that the event was again pushed back until October.
In January, Riverside County’s chief public health officer, Dr Cameron Kaiser, confirmed that the iconic festival would not go ahead in April 2021 as previously planned.
Kaiser posted on social media: “Due to the pandemic, Public Health Officer Dr Cameron Kaiser today (Jan. 29) signed a public health order cancelling Coachella Valley Music and Arts, Stagecoach Country Music festivals planned for April 2021. We look forward to when the events may return.
“This order is intended to reduce the likelihood of exposure to COVID-19, thereby slowing the spread of COVID-19 in communities worldwide. If COVID-19 were detected at these festivals, the scope and number of attendees and the nature of the venue would make it infeasable, if not impossible, to track those who may be placed at risk.”