It has been a matter of weeks since Glastonbury fell foul to the coronavirus pandemic and now America’s biggest music festival, Coachella, has followed suit with yet another delay. An announcement by Riverside County’s chief public health officer, Dr Cameron Kaiser, confirmed that the iconic festival will not go ahead in April 2021 as previously planned.
In a statement released on Dr Kaiser’s Twitter platform, the news was revealed, stating: “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.”
Adding further details: “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.”
This announcement makes it the third time that the festival, which was originally scheduled to take place over two consecutive weekends, on April 9–11 and 16–18, has been delayed.
As of yet, there have been no further statements from the festival organisers with either new dates or a cancellation.
Despite the sad news and uncertain future for the festival, all hope is not lost for summer music shows as Primavera Sound, the music festival based in Barcelona, recently trialled a gig with no social distancing with very positive results.
The likes of Race Against the Machine, Travis Scott, Frank Ocean, Calvin Harris and Run the Jewels, were due to perform at the festival and it is uncertain what effects the delays will have on the proposed original line up, as we await further news from the festivals official outlets.