Coachella, Stagecoach 2021 Festivals Officially Cancelled Due to COVID-19

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There will be no Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival or Stagecoach Festival taking place in Southern California in April 2021, it was confirmed on Friday.

Coachella, which was first postponed by Goldenvoice in April 2020 to October before canceling those plans due to health and safety concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, had tentatively planned on taking place in 2021, as did Stagecoach, its country music-themed festival. On Friday, however, Dr. Cameron Kaiser, Riverside County’s public health officer, made the announcement on Twitter of the 2021 dates’ cancellation.

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.

Dr. Kaiser’s attached statement notes that “concerns of a fall resurgence of COVID-19 both within the county of Riverside and worldwide” as a chief motivating factor behind the cancellation.

Billboard notes that while a spring Coachella will no longer be in the works, last year a source at event producer Goldenvoice said there were conversations about moving it to October 2021, depending on how the coronavirus pandemic progresses.

This news doesn’t come as much of a surprise, but it is a hit to the prospect of live music returning in 2021 nonetheless. It also comes on the heels of the Glastonbury Festival canceling its 2021 event for the same reason, with organizers issuing a statement remaining hopeful of resuming that heralded UK festival in 2022.

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