It’s official. The coronavirus scared off Coachella 2020, and the festival has been postponed to October. The multi-weekend festival that was supposed to take place the weekends of April 10 and 17 has been delayed to the weekends of Oct. 9 and 16.
More than 250,000 fans were expected to flood the Coachella Valley in Riverside County, CA. next month. However, the county’s public health officer, Dr. Cameron Kaiser, has declared the gathering a ‘health risk’.
As of now, there are six confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Riverside County.
He said in a statement this morning, “This decision was not taken lightly or without consideration of many factors, no doubt it will impact many people, but my top priority is to protect the health of the entire community.”
The festival’s promoter, Goldenvoice, also commented: “While this decision comes at a time of universal uncertainty, we take the safety and health of our guests, staff, and community very seriously.”
However, festival representatives have yet to make any statements regarding the lineup. Most anticipated to perform are Frank Ocean, Travis Scott and the reunion of Rage Against the Machine.
But, with a six-month postponement, it’s hard to say if the original lineup can be preserved.
In addition, Goldenvoice announced, “All purchases for the April dates will be honored for the rescheduled October dates.” Adding, “Purchasers will be notified by Friday, March 13, on how to obtain a refund if they are unable to attend.”
With so many attendees coming from out-of-state and even out of the country, rescheduling could become complicated.
As far as lodging goes, Marriott and Wyndham are among some chains willing to compromise with travelers. From now through March 30, the companies are waiving fees for guests traveling to and from certain locations.
Additionally, Airbnb has tweaked it’s extenuating circumstances policy to include some cancellations due to the coronavirus outbreak. Citing that guests traveling from “severely impacted areas” have the opportunity to receive full refunds.
The news of Coachella 2020 comes just after South by Southwest, a.k.a. SXSW, canceled its 34th annual festival in Austin, TX, last week. Neil Young has also mentioned postponing his own tour this week. And, Pearl jam just postponed their North American tour.
The Treefort and Dreamville 2020 festivals are still taking place in the upcoming weeks, but we won’t be surprised if they back out too. Now is certainly not a good time for ticket purchases. But, if you already have tickets, we suggest you keep a close eye on the news and prepare to make alternative arrangements.