Coachella 2021 has been postponed due to the ongoing pandemic. This is the third time the festival has been pushed back since the COVID-19 outbreak. Billboard reports Coachella’s sister country music festival, Stagecoach Country, has also been canceled.
This year’s Coachella was scheduled to take place April 9th-11th and 16th-18th, but Riverside County public health officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser signed a public health order canceling the festival along with Stagecoach Country. Rolling Stone reports the festival will be pushed back to October 2021.
Coachella 2021’s lineup features headliners Frank Ocean, Rage Against the Machine, and Travis Scott. Last year, Bloomberg reported that festival organizers started reaching out to acts that were set to perform at the 2020 festival and ask them to play in 2021 instead.
The move should come as no surprise. Though vaccines are ready, health experts warn that the rollout would take a long time. Dr. Anthony Fauci even said that face mask requirements could last through the end of the year. Because of this Glastonbury followed a similar suit and canceled this year’s event.
Due to the pandemic, Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser today (Jan. 29) signed a public health order canceling Coachella Valley Music and Arts, Stagecoach Country Music festivals planned for April 2021. We look forward to when the events may return. https://t.co/YAIn8uTea9
— Dr. Cameron Kaiser (@RivCoDoc) January 29, 2021