While developing concern for the security of its participants, laborers, and performers amidst the novel coronavirus outbreak, the Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals have been delayed and rescheduled, as per an announcement from Goldenvoice, the entity liable for the two occasions in Coachella Valley, Calif.
“At the direction of the County of Riverside and local health authorities, we must sadly confirm the rescheduling of Coachella and Stagecoach due to COVID-19 concerns. While this decision comes at a time of universal uncertainty, we take the safety and health of our guests, staff, and community very seriously. We urge everyone to follow the guidelines and protocols put forth by public health officials,” reads the statement obtained by Fox News.
“Coachella will now take place on October 9, 10 and 11 and October 16, 17 and 18, 2020. Stagecoach will take place on October 23, 24 and 25, 2020. All purchases for the April dates will be honored for the rescheduled October dates. Purchasers will be notified by Friday, March 13 on how to obtain a refund if they are unable to attend,” the company said.
“Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you in the desert this fall,” its statement concluded.
Coachella had declared a star-studded lineup that included Travis Scott, Frank Ocean, and Rage Against the Machine, while the musicians for Stagecoach included Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, and Billy Ray Cyrus, to name a few.
Coachella and Stagecoach are only the most recent in a developing list of occasions to either delay or cancel their exceptionally successful cultural music and film festivals.
On Friday, city authorities from Austin, Texas – where the South by Southwest (SXSW) media and music festival is held every year – said they would canceling the gathering, dreading the spread of the virus through steady close contact.
“Based on the recommendation of our public health officer and director of public health … I’ve gone ahead and … issued an order that effectively cancels South by Southwest for this year,” Mayor Steve Adler said during a news conference.
In the U.S., the quantity of affirmed cases of coronavirus at present stands at 755, with the greater part being found in California, Washington, and New York states. Every locale has individually pronounced a state of emergency to get financing to battle the spread and levy treatment.