Coachella 2021 is no longer happening this April, the Riverside County, California Health Department announced on Twitter. The music festival has now faced three cancellations since 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with the original April 2020 date moving to October 2020 before being pushed again to April 2021.
“This order is intended to reduce the likelihood of exposure to COVID-19,” the Riverside County Health Department order states. “If COVID-19 were detected at these festivals, the scope and number of attendees and the nature of the venue would make it infeasible, if not impossible, to track those who may be placed at risk.” The order also cancels the country-oriented Stagecoach festival one week later.
There’s no word from organizers just yet about what dates organizers are looking to reschedule, but Billboardundefined reports that they were previously eying October 2021 as a possibility. The festival had yet to announce headliners for
Coachella is the latest music festival to see its 2021 plans scuttled, following recent cancellations of Glastonbury in the UK and Ultra in Miami. Although the rollout of vaccines has many organizers hopeful that fans will be able to return to concerts in 2021, the exact timing remains elusive.