According to a release posted by Goldenvoice (Coachella’s promoter), Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and the Stagecoach Country Music Festival are cancelled.
This is the second consecutive year of cancellation for the popular music festival. Goldenvoice posted a message from the Riverside County health officer stating that the “worldwide pandemic of Covid-19” is the main cause of cancelling such a social gathering. The order cites the international appeal of Coachella and the huge crowds that flock to them, even from different countries.
Why is Coachella Cancelled?
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and the Stagecoach Country Music Festival are held every year at the Empire Polo Club in Indio which stretches 78-acres wide in the state of California. Back in the spring of 2020, the events were postponed to October 2020 as COVID-19 was just beginning to spread. An interesting detail is that some of the press release posted on Friday was copied word to word from the 2020 post.
The post states, “This order is issued based on concerns of a fall resurgence of Covid-19.” The resurgence was a budding concern in spring 2020 and now the concern is the spreading of the different variants of the pandemic.
When will it be rescheduled?
When the 2020 dates were postponed, Goldenvoice had said that all the tickets bought would be honoured and validated. The 2021 order states that the” Coachella and Stagecoach on the scheduled dates are cancelled” but does not mention when the dates would be scheduled again. Last year’s post was clearer when it came to rescheduling and tickets. The Riverside County’s Public Health director tweeted, “We look forward to when the events may return.” Last year’s announcement was more certain.”
Danger to Riverside County?
Regardless, the decision to cancel the events was a good one as having social gatherings, especially with people from many different countries is really dangerous and could easily spread the disease to many people. Also, Riverside county is one of the counties that has been hit the hardest in California. When the events were postponed in 2020, the county had reported 365 deaths and 9590 total cases. On Friday, 29th January 2021 the Riverside County has a record of 1805 new cases and 33 new deaths, just in the one day.
The 2020 events that were cancelled had amazing headliners scheduled like Calvin Harris, Frank Ocean, Megan Thee Stallion, Rage Against the Machine, 21 Savage, FKA Twigs, among others.