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Coachella to Be Postponed to Fall Over Novel Coronavirus Concerns

March 10, 2020 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

The biggest music festival of the spring won’t actually take place in the spring, as Coachella is being postponed to the fall over novel coronavirus concerns. CNN and Variety separately report that according to multiple sources, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will be postponed until a likely October date.

Variety notes that Goldenvoice, the Los Angeles-based company that produces Coachella and its country music counterpart Stagecoach, is telling agents that both festivals are being postponed and figuring out who will be available for two weekends in October, starting with October 9th. Coachella was scheduled for April 10th through 12th and April 17th through 19th in Indio.

The postponement follows the cancellation of SXSW last week and a host of other events that have canceled or rescheduled events over the novel coronavirus pandemic. The most recent count of infections in the US is 959, with 28 having died. Coachella typically brings in about 100,000 attendees a day; this year’s performers were set to include headliners Rage Against the Machine, Travis Scott and Frank Ocean along with Calvin Harris, Big Sean, Lewis Capaldi, Charlie XCX, Flume, 21 Savage, Lana Del Rey and Lil Nas X.

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