Coachella & Stagecoach Festivals Officially Cancelled

Festival goers at Coachella in 2019. Photo by Christopher Polk/REX/Shutterstock (10200069fu)

It’s official, Coachella and Stagecoach festivals won’t be happening this year. Coachella, initially planned for April, was rescheduled for October 9 and 16 at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, California, and Rage Against the Machine, Frank Ocean, and Travis Scott were set to headline. Stagecoach was scheduled for the following weekend.

“I am concerned as indications grow that COVID-19 could worsen in the fall,” said Riverside Country public health officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser said. “In addition, events like Coachella and Stagecoach would fall under [California] 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.”

Sources told Variety that Coachella promoter Goldenvoice is still considering holding the event in April or October 2021, with a smaller audience, is possible.

While many things across the country and in the world are starting to reopen, major sporting events and concerts will most likely be the last public gatherings to return.