Coachella and Stagecoach festival canceled, again (again)

Absolutely unsurprisingly, the COVID-19 epidemic, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and the Stagecoach Festival, which has been running at the Empire Polo Club in India for three consecutive weekends in April, has been canceled.

According to an announcement posted Friday afternoon by the Riverside County Public Health Officer, the incidents were called off “based on concerns of a fall resurgence” of COVID-19.

“This order aims to reduce the likelihood of exposure to COVID-19, thereby slowing the spread of COVID-19 in communities around the world,” Dr. Cameron Kaiser wrote in order to cancel the festivals. “If COVID-19 was detected at these festivals, the number of attendees and the nature of the number and location would make it unacceptable, if not impossible, to track those who could be put at risk is.”

Both Coachella and its country music cousin Stagecoach were originally scheduled for April 2020, and were among the first festivals canceled during the initial embrace of the coronovirus epidemic. They were then rescheduled for October, and then rescheduled for April 2021.

Travis Scott, Frank Ocean and Rage Against the Machine were the headliners of the scheduled Coachella. Following previous epidemiological cancellations, Goldenweiss assured the ticketholders that their passes would be honored at the rescheduled ceremony, and a refund was later offered for a fixed period.

All have been eradicated during the concert industry epidemic. According to industry trade publication Pollstar, the global live events industry is estimated to receive $ 30 billion in hits since March 2020. Coachella is the most for-profit music festival in the US, usually between $ 75 and $ 100 million on its two weekends.

Meanwhile, other festivals have begun to hint at potential returns later in the year. Chicago’s Pitchfork Festival applied for a permit to host an event in September this year, and Bonamaro is currently booked for the same month in Tennessee. Many of the major festivals in Europe, such as Spain’s Mad Cool, are still scheduled for summer.

AEG, which owns the festival’s promoter Goldenvoice, declined to comment on the cancellation, or provide information on rescheduling or refunds. Goldenvoice representatives did not immediately return requests for comment.

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