The annual Coachella festival, usually taking place in April in Indio, California, will not go ahead in 2020.
In a statement posted to Instagram on June 12, promoter Goldenvoice wrote that they had taken the health advice of the County of Riverside and that Coachella — and the later Stagecoach country music festival — would not take place in 2020.
"This is not the future that any of us hoped to confront, but our main focus remains the wellbeing of our fans, staff, artists, desert partners and everyone involved in the festival."
Goldenvoice added that Coachella intends to return for 2021, on the weekends of Apr 9 — 11 and April 16 — 18. Tickets for 2020 will be honoured in 2021, but ticketholders can expect an email on June 15 with information about requesting a refund or rolling over their ticket.
"We look forward to sharing our new lineups and more information. We can't wait to be together in the desert again when it is safe."
On June 10, the LA Times reported that the Riverside County public health officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser had announced that the ongoing risks of COVID-19 meant that the festival would not be going ahead until 2021 at the earliest.
"I am concerned as indications grow that COVID-19 could worsen in the Fall," said Dr. Kaiser. He added that for the festival to go ahead, there would need to be effective treatments for COVID-19 or a vaccine, under California's intended Stage 4 plan for the lifting of restrictions. "Given the projected circumstances and potential, I would not be comfortable moving forward.
"These decisions are not taken lightly with the knowledge that many people will be impacted. My first priority is the health of the community."
In March, the festival was postponed until October 2020, amid concerns over COVID-19.
In a statement released on social media, the festival wrote: "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.
"Thank you for your continued support," the statement concluded, "and we look forward to seeing you in the desert this fall."
The sold-out, two-weekend festival was originally planned to go ahead Apr 10 — 12, and Apr 17 — 19 at the Empire Polo Club, with headliners Rage Against the Machine, Travis Scott and Frank Ocean. The festival has run every year since the inaugural Coachella in 1999 — except for 2000, and now 2020.
The news follows the axing earlier this week of Splendour in the Grass in Byron Bay for 2020, after the annual Winter festival was first postponed to October.