Goldenvoice to postpone Coachella until October, insider sources confirm
Since Ultra Miami’s cancellation amid coronavirus concerns, which spiraled into more major festival closures, fans and industry professionals have been speculating that Coachella was next on the chopping block for 2020. For those who have been closely monitoring the local County of Riverside, where Indio Valley sits, the festival seemed to be in the clear so long as no COVID-19 cases arose. When the first confirmed coronavirus patient was reported on Sunday, rumors began swirling.
This morning, Riverside County declared a Public Health Emergency when three more cases of the coronavirus were reported. Goldenvoice is reportedly working to postpone both weekends of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival 2020. New York Magazine and HuffPost reporter, Yashar Ali, was first to break the news. Now multiple other industry insiders at Billboard and Variety have confirmed that Coachella is now to take place on the weekends of October 9-11 and 16-18.
Goldenvoice’s country festival, Stagecoach, is also being moved from the weekend of April 24 into October, Billboard elaborates. The postponements present obvious conflicts with Live Nation and C3 Presents’ Austin City Limits, which takes place the first two weekends in October. Both Coachella and ACL boast largely the same line-up and draw the same crowd of music fans. The postponement presents interesting conflicts of interest considering AEG Presents and Live Nation are two fierce competitors in the live music entertainment market.
Coachella 2020 headliners include Frank Ocean, Rage Against the Machine, and Travis Scott. Goldenvoice is working to retain as many artists on the already-announced lineup as possible and an official announcement is said to come within 48 hours.
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
I can now CONFIRM #Coachella WILL be postponed until October 9th and 16th due to #coronavirus concerns.
Lineup will attempt to remain the same, but moving a festival this size isn’t easy.
They are currently working with artists and an official announcement is in the works. 🦉
— Festive Owl (@TheFestiveOwl) March 10, 2020
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