A county well being order canceled the occasion, in addition to the nation music pageant, Stagecoach, on Friday, citing the latest virus surge that has plagued California for months, regardless of some latest progress. Each have been to start in April.
Within the order, Dr. Cameron Kaiser, a public well being officer for Riverside County, stated each occasions are “gatherings of a global scope” that have been too dangerous amid the surge and look of extra contagious variants.
“If Covid-19 have been detected at these festivals, the scope and variety of attendees and the character of the venue would make it infeasible, if not unimaginable, to trace those that could also be positioned in danger,” the order stated.
The Coachella pageant, based in 1999 and held on the Empire Polo Membership in Indio, attracts as much as 125,000 folks a day and has come to be a bellwether for the multibillion-dollar touring enterprise.
The festivals have been a few of the first main occasions canceled again in April 2020 within the early days of the pandemic. They have been rescheduled for October, and within the fall have been once more postponed for April 2021.
New dates haven’t been introduced.
On Friday night time, Stagecoach’s homepage had its refund coverage from 2020 posted on the touchdown web page, however had not but issued a press release. Coachella’s web site didn’t point out the cancellation of the pageant however highlighted its new clothes line launched late final yr.
Whereas Coachella is likely one of the nation’s greatest and most celebrated music occasions, Stagecoach is a smaller nation music pageant introduced by the identical promoter, Goldenvoice.
Final yr’s Coachella was initially set to be headlined by the rapper Travis Scott, the singer Frank Ocean and a reunited Rage Towards the Machine, together with dozens of different acts from throughout genres. Stagecoach was scheduled to characteristic Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, ZZ Prime and extra.
The live performance business has been basically frozen since mid-March, when AEG and Dwell Nation, the firms that dominate the live-music sphere, suspended all touring in North America in response to the coronavirus pandemic, leaving artists — in addition to their crews and all different affiliated employees — uncertain of when such large-scale occasions will return. Different main music festivals, together with Lollapalooza in Chicago, Levitation in Austin and Summerfest in Milwaukee, have additionally been known as off for the yr.