Coachella Postponed Due To Coronavirus

2019 Coachella Music And Arts Festival - Weekend 2 - Day 2

Coachella draws an estimated 250,000 attendees, who will have to wait until October for this year’s … [+] music festival.

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Organizers of Coachella have postponed the popular music festival Tuesday afternoon according to reports from Forbes, Variety and TMZ, as global cases of coronavirus top 115,000. The Indio, Calif. event was originally scheduled for the weekends of April 10-12 and April 17-19; it will now be held October 9-11 and 16-18.

Coachella joins hundreds of events worldwide—including other music festivals like Miami’s Ultra and the French Alps’ Tomorrowland— that have been cancelled, postponed or transformed into “digital-only” affairs. According to Forbes’ newly launched C19 Cancellation Tracker, since early February more than 6.4 million attendees worldwide have had their plans changed by the coronavirus, which has claimed over 4,000 lives.

The New York Times has tallied 167 cases of the coronavirus in California, and two deaths. More than 18,000 people had signed a petition calling for the event’s cancellation and for attendees to “protect ourselves and California residents by do the right thing before it’s too late.”

The concert’s headliners Rage Against The Machine, Travis Scott and Frank Ocean will reportedly all participate on the new date. Coachella has yet to release an official statement.

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