Skip to Content

Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals officially cancelled for 2020

A past performance at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California.

INDIO, California -- The Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals, which had already been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, have both now been ordered to cancel entirely for 2020.

The cancellations were ordered by Riverside County's public health officer, KABC-TV reported Wednesday evening.

Dr. Cameron Kaiser said he signed the order out of concerns about a second wave of coronavirus in the fall.

"I am concerned as indications grow that Covid-19 could worsen in the fall," said Kaiser. "In addition, events like Coachella and Stagecoach would fall under Gov. Newsom's Stage 4, which he has previously stated would require treatments or a vaccine to enter. Given the projected circumstances and potential, I would not be comfortable moving forward."

He added: "These decisions are not taken lightly with the knowledge that many people will be impacted. My first priority is the health of the community."

Earlier this year as the coronavirus pandemic was growing, organizers of both events announced they had been rescheduled for October.

Then last week, Coachella organizers starting reaching out to performers asking them to play in 2021 instead of October, according to Bloomberg News.

Some 250,000 people attend the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival's two weekends in Indio every year in April.

Article Topic Follows: Entertainment

Jump to comments ↓

Author Profile Photo

ABC News


KVIA ABC 7 is committed to providing a forum for civil and constructive conversation.

Please keep your comments respectful and relevant. You can review our Community Guidelines by clicking here

If you would like to share a story idea, please submit it here.

Skip to content