Coachella Expected to Reschedule April 2021 Dates to the Fall, Per Reports

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In June, organizers of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival announced that the mega-festival was officially taking 2020 off due to complications caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, instead of its then-rescheduled October 2021 dates.

With the announcement, Coachella also revealed a planned set of April 2021 dates — but, a new report from Rolling Stone indicates that the festival is expected to push those dates back to October 2021.

Per Rolling Stone‘s report:

Sources who have been in direct communication with AEG and Goldenvoice, the concert-promotion companies that organize the festival, say they have been asked to prepare for a move to the fall.

Coachella is “100% moving” again, one person who works at a major talent agency that represents popular festival performers tells Rolling Stone. “Frankly, they were supposed to announce [the change] over Labor Day. They hadn’t. And they were supposed to announce at the end of September — they hadn’t.” The source says they have heard from Goldenvoice CEO and Coachella founder Paul Tollett’s office that the new date will either be in the first or second week of October 2021, “but they are holding the first three weeks to be safe” as not all artists have confirmed availability.

Should Coachella go down this route, it won’t be that much of a surprise. Bonnaroo, another of the biggest festivals in the U.S., also recently pushed its rescheduled 2021 dates from June to September for the same reason, the pandemic continuing to maintain a stranglehold over the future of live music.

All of this massive-scale music festival maneuvering comes as upwards of 90% of independent music venues fear they may have to permanently close due to the pandemic unless more federal funding comes their way, which was a sobering update from the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) in early June.

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