Set to take place across two weekends April 10-12 and April 17-19 in Indio, California, the annual festival will now occur Oct. 9-11 and Oct. 16-18. Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency after California confirmed its first coronavirus case March 4, and now local health authorities have advised Coachella to postpone.
Rage Against The Machine, Bishop Briggs, YUNGBLUD, Code Orange, Lil Nas X, Kim Petras, PUP, the Regrettes, 21 Savage, Danny Elfman, Swae Lee, Carly Rae Jepsen, Snail Mail, Emo Nite and more were set to perform at Coachella across the two weekends.
Goldenvoice also operates country festival Stagecoach on the same grounds as Coachella, which has also shifted from April to October. You can read the official announcement regarding both festivals below.
At the direction of the County of Riverside and local health authorities, we must sadly confirm the rescheduling of Coachella and Stagecoach due to COVID-19 concerns. While this decision comes at a time of universal uncertainty, we take the safety and health of our guests, staff and community very seriously. We urge everyone to follow the guidelines and protocols put forth by public health officials.
Coachella will now take place on October 9, 10 and 11 and October 16, 17 and 18, 2020. Stage Coach will take place on October 23, 24 and 25, 2020. All purchases for the April dates will be honored for the rescheduled October dates. Purchasers will be notified by Friday, March 13 on how to obtain a refund if they are unable to attend.
Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you in the desert this fall.
— Coachella (@coachella) March 10, 2020
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