According to a report in Billboard that looked into the challenges that AEG (the parent company of Coachella promoter Goldenvoice) is facing due to the pandemic, the 125,000-person-per-day festival could make a limited-capacity return in April 2021. Billboard also says that a larger, higher capacity comeback that’s more in line with what fans are accustomed to, could return in Oct. 2021.
The festival was originally supposed to take place the second and third weekend of April prior to the pandemic. It was then moved to the second and third weekends of October.
On Wednesday, the festival was canceled after Riverside County (where the event takes place) public health officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser said that both Coachella and Stagecoach will not happen this year due to the pandemic.
“I am concerned as indications grow that COVID-19 could worsen in the fall,” Kaiser said on Wednesday. “In addition, events like Coachella and Stagecoach would fall under Governor 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.
SPIN has reached out to Goldenvoice for comment on Coachella’s status.
UPDATE 6/11: Goldenvoice has issued a statement on the cancelation, including the dates for next year’s event, which you can see below.
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