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Health Official: Postponed 2020 Coachella and Stagecoach Music Festivals Will Have to Be Canceled

PLSN Staff • News • June 11, 2020

INDIO, CA – Coachella 2020, which had been postponed from two weekends in April to October this year, will have to be canceled due to the persistence of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to Riverside County health officials. AEG/Goldenvoice’s Stagecoach festival, also postponed, will also have to be canceled, according to reports.

The Los Angeles Times reported June 10 that Riverside County public health officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser cited fears that the pandemic will surge again this fall and the unlikelihood that Covid-19 treatments or vaccines would be widely available by October, a precondition for California’s Stage 4 reopening plan.

Later in June, the following was posted on the home page of Coachella.com:

“Under the continuing health guidance of the County of Riverside, Coachella and Stagecoach 2020 will not take place this October as previously rescheduled. This is not the future that any of us hoped to confront, but our main focus remains the well-being of our fans, staff, artists, desert partners and everyone involved in the festival.

“A year without Coachella and Stagecoach is hard for us to comprehend, but we have every intention of returning in 2021. As of now, Coachella weekend one will take place April 9 – 11, 2021 and weekend two will be April 16 – 18, 2021. Stagecoach is set for April 23 – 25, 2021. We look forward to sharing our new lineups and more information. We can’t wait to be together in the desert again when it is safe.

“All 2020 passes will be honored in 2021. Current pass holders will be sent an email by the end of the day on Monday, June 15 with further instructions to request a refund or to roll over to next year.”

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