The rescheduled Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals, which had been postponed from April to October, have again been postponed.
“Under the continuing health guidance of the County of Riverside, Coachella and Stagecoach 2020 will not take place this October as previously rescheduled,” producer Goldenvoice announced in a news release. “This is not the future that any of us hoped to confront, but our main focus remains the well-being of our fans, staff, artists, desert partners and everyone involved in the festival.”
As first reported by Billboard, AEG, the parent company of Coachella producer Goldenvoice, is facing unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Billboard reported that AEG is considering bringing back Coachella on a smaller scale in April 2021—at 60-percent capacity. The more likely scenario is that the festival will return in October 2021 at its full capacity of 125,000 people per day. According to the publication, 40 percent of tickets for this year’s festival have already been refunded.
According to the Goldenvoice news release, “as of now,” Coachella will be held from April 9 to 11 and from April 16 to 18. Stagecoach is set for April 23 to 25. Organizers said that all 2020 passes will be honored in 2021. Current pass holders will be sent an email by the end of the day on June 15 with further instructions to request a refund or to roll the admission over to next year.
“We look forward to sharing our new lineups and more information. We can’t wait to be together in the desert again when it is safe,” the news release stated.
Earlier this week, AEG announced its largest layoff in company history: 15 percent of its workforce, as well as about 100 furloughs and pay cuts of 20 to 50 percent. Billboard also obtained an internal letter from AEG CEO. Dan Beckerman, who write wrote, “It is clear now that live events with fans will not resume for many months and likely not until sometime in 2021.”
Locally, Goldenvoice operates. The Regency Ballroom, The Warfield, and produces other shows are various venues like Oakland Arena and the new Chase Center.
In the Bay Area, the Stern Grove Music Festival has already been canceled for 2020, as well as numerous county fairs. Outside Lands remains scheduled for Aug. 7 to 9, and producer Another Planet Entertainment has not returned several calls and emails requesting an update since March. Both Gov. Gavin Newsom and San Francisco Mayor London Breed have said that no large gatherings will be permitted through the end of August.
Like Coachella, BottleRock Napa Valley has also been postponed from the spring to October. It’s currently scheduled for Oct. 2 to 4. A spokesman for the festival declined to comment on Wednesday.