The 2020 edition of Coachella, one of the largest annual music festivals in the US, has been postponed due to concerns about the coronavirus.
The music festival, which holds annually at the Empire Polo Club situated within Riverside County (RC), recently enlisted Nigeria’s Seun Kuti among its lineup of musicians to perform on stage.
On Wednesday, Goldenvoice, the production company behind both the Coachella festival and Stagecoach Festival, however, released a statement saying that it has postponed the event until October.
The postponement was due to growing public health concerns about the rapidly spreading coronavirus. RC had recently reported its first case of the novel ailment.
While attributing the development to what it described as a “universal uncertainty,” Goldenvoice also said the postponement comes in compliance with a directive from the health authorities in RC.
“At the direction of the County of Riverside and local health authorities, we must sadly confirm the rescheduling of Coachella and Stagecoach due to COVID-19 concerns,” the company wrote.
“While this decision comes at a time of universal uncertainty, we take the safety and health of our guests, staff, and community very seriously.
“We urge everyone to follow the guidelines and protocols put forth by public health officials.”
The event will now run from October 9-11 and October 16-18, while Stagecoach 2020 has been pushed back from April to October 23-25.