Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival has moved to different dates due to the coronavirus. Unfortunately, this pandemic has reached Riverside County, the county that annually hosts this world-famous festival. At first, the 2020 Coachella was going to be on the weekends of April 10th-12th and 17th-19th. However, Coachella has moved to October and hopefully by then, the pandemic will subside. Coachella joins the list of prominent music festivals postponed due to the coronavirus.
Prominent cancelled music festivals
On Friday, Mar. 6, 2020, the City of Miami announced that Ultra Music Festival has postponed to next year. On the same day, Miami also announced the cancellation of Calle Ocho. Regarding world-famous music festivals, SXSW (South by Southwest) also canceled its planned festival on that same day. The day before on Mar. 5, 2020, Tomorrowland announced the cancellation of its Tomorrowland Winter festival until next year. Tomorrowland Winter’s location is Alpe d’Huez in France, one of the most-impacted European countries in the Coronavirus situation. On the same day as the Coachella cancellation, Winter Music Conference in Miami had to postpone as well.
What would have happened at Coachella
First, Coachella would have been on the weekends of April 10th-12th and 17th-19th. Afterwards, the headliners at Coachella would have included Rage Against The Machines, Flume, Disclosure, and Calvin Harris. Additionally at this moment, Goldenvoice, the event promoter in charge of Coachella, has yet to comment. The global coronavirus pandemic has influenced many musicians to take precautions by canceling festivals and tours. In fact, fans worldwide have unsurprisingly cancelled their travel and lodging expenses as well. In conclusion, one can only hope that this pandemic will cease and music festivals can continue to happen once more.
Examples of cancelled/postponed festivals
- Ultra Music Festival
- Tomorrowland Winter
- South by Southwest (SXSW)
- Winter Music Conference
- Korea Times Music Festival
- Calle Ocho
- Edinburgh Harp Festival
- Stagecoach Festival
- Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival