Buzz: Coachella 2020 Might Be Moved Entirely to 2021 Due to COVID-19


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Were it not for the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival would have taken place over two sun-soaked weekends in April.

The pandemic, just as it’s done to all corners of the music business, forced Goldenvoice to reschedule Coachella 2020 to October … but, per a new report that came out on Wednesday from Bloomberg, it looks as if the festival — one of the largest and most successful in the world — may be shelved entirely for this year.

Per the Bloomberg report, organizers are asking many of the acts signed on for 2020 to play 2021 instead, which has fueled speculation that there will be no Fall 2020 event:

Goldenvoice has already postponed Coachella to October from April in response to the coronavirus pandemic. But that decision was made when less was known about the health risks. With many government officials imposing social distancing and other restrictions on businesses as they reopen, the odds of pulling off an event that attracts as many as 200,000 people grow dimmer by the day.

Goldenvoice, which has said little about Coachella’s future since announcing the postponement in March, didn’t respond to a request for comment. Chief Executive Officer Paul Tollett and his team need to firm up plans with artists and settle financial issues like insurance, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans are still in flux. Local health officials also have to weigh in.

Coachella 2020 featured headlining acts Frank Ocean, Rage Against the Machine and Travis Scott, in addition to boasting a layered under card of supporting acts. Should the entire festival just be moved to 2021, of course, it will be interesting to see how many of the acts will appear at the new dates, should organizers go down that road.
The changing nature of the pandemic, which has basically made the concept of a “live concert” in the traditional setting seem like a far-fetched dream, artists canceling and postponing tours, legendary venues shelving their entire upcoming season of performances, makes the thought of Coachella skipping a year realistic.
And yet, despite everything else going on, it’s still a bit of a shock. When organizers rescheduled Coachella to October from the original dates in April, it seemed surreal — but the pandemic is still not under control enough to entertain the idea of large public gatherings like Coachella, which attracts more than 100,000 people each year.


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