Organizers for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival are planning to move the event from April to October, as concern continues to grow over coronavirus. The news was confirmed in a statement released on Tuesday. They will also move the upcoming Stagecoach festival to October as well.
"While this decision comes at a time of universal uncertainty, we take the safety and health of our guests, staff and community very seriously," it reads. "We urge everyone to follow the guidelines and protocols put forth by public health officials."
This news comes after three more cases of coronavirus were confirmed in Riverside County, California on Monday – where the festival was originally scheduled to take place over two weekends, April 10 – 12 and April 17 – 19. That brought the total to six cases as of Monday night, in the county where one of the nation’s largest festivals takes place.
New York magazine contributor Yashar Ali was the first to report the potential postponement on Twitter Monday night. “A source familiar with the arrangements tells me that the Coachella festival will be postponed due to coronavirus concerns and moved to the weekends of October 9 and 16,” he shared. “As of now, the same lineup is confirmed to perform.”
That lineup includes Frank Ocean, Travis Scott, and the newly reunited Rage Against The Machine.
Monday was set to be the beginning of the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament in the Coachella Valley, just a short drive from the where the festival is held in Indio, California. Organizers cancelled that event this weekend, when news of the first case of coronavirus was confirmed.
The Riverside County Public Health Department has since declared a public health emergency for the Coachella Valley.
On Monday, Pearl Jam also postponed their 2020 North American tour over coronavirus concerns, following other artists like Green Day and BTS, and festivals like South By Southwest who have abandoned plans for the safety of fans.