- Coachella and Stagecoach have officially been canceled by orders of Riverside County's public health officer.
Coachella and Stagecoach are officially canceled this year by order of Riverside County (CA) public health officer.
Since the start of shutdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone had their eyes on Coachella. While other festivals decided to cancel this year’s festivals, Coachella decided to postpone until October but now that plan is scrapped.
Coachella and Stagecoach take place each year at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA. The festivals have become staples for music lovers and kicks off the festival season. But with the pilgrimage to the desert, means hoards of people stacked up together.
“This Order recognizes that both the Coachella Music and Arts Festival and the Stagecoach Country Music Festival are music concerts and gatherings of an international scope, attracting hundreds of thousand of attendees from many countries, including several disproportionately afflicted by the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic,” said the order (available to read here) from Riverside County health officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser. He added, “If COVID-19 were detected at these festivals, the scope and number of attendees and the nature of the venue would make it infeasible, if not impossible, to track those who may be placed at risk.”
Kaiser confirmed that Riverside County currently has 9,590 confirmed coronavirus cases and 365 deaths.
Rage Against the Machine, Megan Thee Stallion, Run the Jewels, Calvin Harris, Travis Scott, Thom Yorke, 21 Savage, Danny Elfman, Frank Ocean, Lana Del Rey, Lil Nas X, FKA Twigs, and Fatboy Slim were some of the headliners for this year’s festivals. Rumors began swirling last month about Goldenvoice, the festivals’ promoter, asking some acts the possibility of returning next year.
California is in phase 4 of reopening, despite surges in cases. Phase 2 allows gyms, movie theaters, shopping and restaurants to reopen with some restrictions. Concerts are in Phase 4 which has no date of roll out as of yet.