In the wake of the World Health Organization (WHO) declaring the coronavirus outbreak a worldwide pandemic today, Goldenvoice has issued a statement concerning the rumored postponement of their two April festivals in Palm Springs. Coachella is officially moving to the dual weekends of October 9-11 and 16-18, with Stagecoach set for the following weekend, October 23-25.
On Monday, Riverside County officials declared a Public Health Emergency when four cases of the coronavirus were reported. There are now more than 1,000 cases in the United States, according to the WSJ, which is eight times more than just one week ago. At least 32 people have died of COVID-19 nationwide with the NYT reporting more than 4,300 globally at the time of writing.
Ticket holders to both Goldenvoice-produced events will be eligible to attend the rescheduled dates in October. Refunds will be issued to all those unable to attend, reads the statement. All purchasers will be contacted via email by Friday, March 13, regarding the next steps.
Goldenvoice is reportedly looking into how to retain as many artists on Coachella’s original 2020 line-up as possible, including headliners Rage Against The Machine, Travis Scott, and Frank Ocean, and hundreds of more artists.
Last week saw four major festival cancellations around the globe, including Ultra Abu Dhabi, Ultra Miami, SXSW, and Tomorrowland Winter. This week, Winter Music Conference and Get Lost Miami postponed to 2021 as well. With now over 120,000 cases of COVID-19 reported in more than 115 countries, the world hasn’t seen pandemic levels like these since 2009 when a new strain of the H1N1 virus, swine flu, killed hundreds of thousands globally.
— Coachella (@coachella) March 10, 2020