According to YourEDM who have confirmed with their sources, the event is being moved ahead six months to give more time to assess the virus.
Fans and residents started a petition to have organizers cancel the event over the growing issue of coronavirus.
The Indio, California festival takes place in Riverside County, which just discovered its first case of the virus, leading to growing support for canceling the event.
Riverside County has also declared a public health emergency which could lead to the local government enforcing a cancelation.
Currently, the petition has just over 16,000 signatures.
Now, the EDM geared site is saying their sources are telling them the event is postponing but not canceling. It’s reportedly going to take place the weekends of October 9 and 16 with the same lineup as previously announced.
Yashar Ali of New York Magazine and HuffPost is also reporting the same information. On top of that, a festival worker is also saying the October postponement is imminent.
Scoop: A source familiar with the arrangements tells me that the Coachella festival will be postponed due to Coronavirus concerns and moved to the weekends of October 9 and 16.
As of now, the same lineup is confirmed to perform.
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) March 10, 2020
Just got some more info, sounds like all of our Coachella work is getting postponed until October. They should be announcing tomorrow, beyond cancellation prolly coming this week too.
— Blake Anderson (@bigredanderson9) March 9, 2020
An official announcement from festival organizers is still not available but will likely be coming through at some point tomorrow.
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UPDATE: MAR. 10, 2020, 9:40 A.M. ET
According to Billboard, official sources for a Coachella promoter GoldenVoice are still attempting to pushback the festival into October. In addition, they’re also attempting to push back the Stagecoach Music Festival. The country-themed fest would also be in October.
While the moves would be incredibly difficult, their not impossible. So long as Coachella can work with the representatives of the main headliners, the music festival stands a fighting chance. The headliners set for this year are Rage Against The Machine, Frank Ocean and Travis Scott.
Official representatives have reportedly said that they’ll know a final decision about the move within 48 hours.
Early Monday (March 9), three more official cases of coronavirus were confirmed in Riverside County which is where the Indio, California festival takes place.
Coachella was originally set to take place next month of the weekends of April 10 and April 19.
UPDATE: MAR. 10, 2020, 10:41 A.M. ET
TMZ has reportedly confirmed that Coachella will not be canceled, and will instead take place on the weekends of Oct. 9 and Oct. 16.
According to their sources, several agents have been contacted regarding the postponement of the festival with the information about the new dates. Once all of the representatives are contacted, Coachella is expected to release an official statement. The Stagecoach Music Festival is also reportedly pushed back into October as well.