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The notoriously star-studded festival customarily takes place every April, drawing around 100,000 for two weekends in the Southern Californian town of Indio Valley. At least, it did pre-quarantine times. When everything began to hit the fan this past March, Coachella organizers still hopeful for a 2020 rendition, which was set to happen this month. Just a few months later, the organizers were pressured to cancel this year’s event altogether and try again for April of next year with limited capacity. Now, there are talks about the festival postponing yet again, potentially to October 2021.
Reportedly, an industry insider stated to Rolling Stone that the Polo Empire Club-hosted mega-festival is “100% moving.” “Frankly, they were supposed to announce [the new dates] over Labor Day,” the source said. “They hadn’t. And they were supposed to announce at the end of September — they hadn’t.”
By “they,” one can assume they’re referring to Coachella’s organizers, Goldenvoice and parent company AEG, who will likely have to postpone their other marquee festivals like Governor’s Ball, Shaky Knees, and Austin City Limits. The news comes as a colossal disappointment for festival-goers worldwide, especially considering the implications it serves for other festivals and the touring artists stuck with navigating these same uncertainties in their schedule—thanks to COVID-19.
The inside source added that the situation has been “really challenging” for the artists, alluding that fans should prepare to come to terms with a potential change-up in the lineup. The website currently does not list an official lineup, however, the 2020 prospective roster for Coachella headlined Rage Against the Machine, Travis Scott, and Frank Ocean. Notable undercard acts in the EDM realm included Calvin Harris, GRiZ, Flume, SLANDER, Hayden James, Madeon, and many more.
H/T: Rolling Stone.