Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival promoter Goldenvoice are in talks to plan on trying to move the festival to the weekends of Oct. 9 and Oct. 16 in an attempt to save the event from cancelling amid concerns of the coronavirus outbreak, according to high level sources. The concert promoter is also working to move Stagecoach country music festival to October as well, possibly on Oct. 23.
Festival promoters fear that Riverside County officials will pull the plug on the 20-year-old event’s permit to bring 250,000 fans, sometimes more, over two weeks to Indio, CA. Conversations with city officials and talent agents began late Sunday (March 8).
Postponing the festivals would cause a massive headache for hundreds of artists, their representatives, fans, as well as hundreds of those contractors, vendors and thousands of employees who work the festival annually.
Frank Ocean, Rage Against the Machine and Travis Scott are set to headline this year’s Coachella. Stagecoach is being headlined by Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood and Eric Church.
Organizers hope to have answers for fans and artists alike in the next 48 hours to seek if the move is possible, if not the 2020 festivals will likely be canceled. Coachella was originally set to take place over two weekends next month, starting April 10 and wrapping up on April 19.
On Monday (March 9), Three more cases of coronavirus were confirmed in Riverside County where the festival takes place each year.
This news comes after the announcement of the South By Southwest festival and Ultra Music Festival is canceled.