Coachella 2020 Officially Canceled, 2021 Dates Announced (Pending Further COVID-19 Developments)


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A few weeks back, rumors circulated that organizers of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival were considering moving the 2020 festival — which was first rescheduled from April to October as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic — to 2021 entirely.

UPDATE 6/11: Coachella and Goldenvoice have made the news official:

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.

An update came Tuesday night in the form of a report from Billboard regarding AEG making significant layoffs/furloughs as the company looks ahead to 2021 … and that AEG is looking to move Coachella 2020 to 2021 entirely, which would mean no Coachella this year. Options being explored include a smaller-scale Spring 2021 festival or a full-scale October 2021 festival, though nothing’s set in stone, obviously.

The nature of the pandemic is ever-shifting, and at this point it’s anything but a certainty that a full-scale music festival would be able to take place in Spring 2021 no matter what the plans are.

Per Billboard, Goldenvoice — Coachella’s production company — is “still trying to determine whether the two-weekend, 125,000-person-per-day festival will make a limited-capacity return in April 2021 or a larger, higher capacity comeback in October 2021. About 40% of ticket buyers have requested refunds for this year’s festival and AEG [Goldenvoice’s parent company] think they could probably pull off the festival in April at 60% capacity, but are holding off on making a final rescheduling decision until there is more clarity on the pandemic’s overall trajectory.”

On a similar note, organizers behind Chicago’s Lollapalooza festival officially cancelled the 2020 event, looking ahead to 2021 — which, again, isn’t a certainty at this time:

All of this massive-scale music festival maneuvering comes as upwards of 90% of independent music venues fear they may have to permanently close due to the pandemic unless more federal funding comes their way, which was a sobering update from the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) published on Tuesday.


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