Bad news for music festival fans. Due to the surge of Coronavirus cases, both Coachella and Stagecoach have decided to pull the plug on their events for 2021.
According to an announcement by the Riverside County Public Health Officer posted Friday afternoon, the events were shuttered due to the continued risks of spreading COVID-19.
“This order is intended to reduce the likelihood of exposure to COVID-19, thereby slowing the spread of COVID-19 in communities worldwide,” wrote Dr. Cameron Kaiser in the order canceling the festivals. “If COVID-19 were detected at these festivals, the scope and number of attendees and the nature of the venue would make it infeasable, if not impossible, to track those who may be placed at risk.”
Because California continues to be one of the hardest hit states in the country (right under New York) this comes as a surprise to no one.
Per The LA Times:
Coachella and its country music cousin Stagecoach were both originally scheduled for April 2020 and were among the first festivals canceled during the initial throes of the coronavirus pandemic. They were then rescheduled for October, then rescheduled again for April 2021.
Travis Scott, Frank Ocean and Rage Against the Machine were the scheduled Coachella headliners. After previous pandemic-related cancellations, Goldenvoice assured ticketholders that their passes would be honored at the rescheduled fest, and refunds were offered for a set period afterward.
The concert industry has been all but obliterated during the pandemic. The global live events industry is estimated to have taken a $30 billion hit since March 2020, according to industry trade publication Pollstar. Coachella, the most profitable music festival in the U.S., typically nets between $75 and $100 million over its two weekends.
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