Coachella officially won’t be returning until sometime in 2021.
The news came down Wednesday from Riverside County Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser. Kaiser signed an order to cancel the October event citing the fears of another rise in COVID cases in the fall. Stagecoach — a country music festival held on the same grounds — is also canceled.
It’s still undecided if Coachella organizers will try to bring it back in April — when it normally runs — in a limited capacity, or just wait ’til October 2021 to open anew, and welcome everyone.
Another thing that’s not totally clear is whether the 2020 lineup will remain the same, or if organizers will try booking new acts for 2021. You’ll recall, this year’s headliners — which were supposed to perform later this October after the initial postponement — included Travis Scott, Frank Ocean, Rage Against the Machine and even a late-game Gaga announcement.
A lot of those artists were already rescheduling shows for 2021, so folks probably saw this coming. Not just that, but Lollapalooza just got canceled too … and will live stream instead.
Anyone who’s been paying attention to the news could’ve seen this coming from a mile away. We’re surprised they’re not trying a virtual ‘Homechella’ or something similar.