A county well being order canceled the occasion, in addition to the nation music pageant, Stagecoach, on Friday, citing the current virus surge that has plagued California for months, regardless of some current progress. Each had been to start in April.
Within the order, Dr. Cameron Kaiser, a public well being officer for Riverside County, stated each occasions are “gatherings of a global scope” that had been too dangerous amid the surge and look of extra contagious variants.
“If Covid-19 had been detected at these festivals, the scope and variety of attendees and the character of the venue would make it infeasible, if not not possible, to trace those that could also be positioned in danger,” the order stated.
The Coachella pageant, based in 1999 and held on the Empire Polo Membership in Indio, attracts as much as 125,000 individuals a day and has come to be a bellwether for the multibillion-dollar touring enterprise.
The festivals had been a few of the first main occasions canceled again in April 2020 within the early days of the pandemic. They had been rescheduled for October, and within the fall had been once more postponed for April 2021.
New dates haven’t been introduced.
On Friday evening, Stagecoach’s homepage had its refund coverage from 2020 posted on the touchdown web page, however had not but issued an announcement. Coachella’s web site didn’t point out the cancellation of the pageant however highlighted its new clothes line launched late final 12 months.
Whereas Coachella is among the nation’s greatest and most celebrated music occasions, Stagecoach is a smaller nation music pageant introduced by the identical promoter, Goldenvoice.
Final 12 months’s Coachella was initially set to be headlined by the rapper Travis Scott, the singer Frank Ocean and a reunited Rage Towards the Machine, together with dozens of different acts from throughout genres. Stagecoach was scheduled to characteristic Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, ZZ High and extra.
The live performance trade has been essentially frozen since mid-March, when AEG and Dwell Nation, the firms that dominate the live-music sphere, suspended all touring in North America in response to the coronavirus pandemic, leaving artists — in addition to their crews and all different affiliated employees — uncertain of when such large-scale events will return. Different main music festivals, together with Lollapalooza in Chicago, Levitation in Austin and Summerfest in Milwaukee, have additionally been known as off for the 12 months.