Covid Cancels Coachella’s April Dates For Second Year

Riverside County, California’s public health officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser has canceled Coachella due to concerns about a surge of Covid-19 cases, according to Pitchfork. The annual event was scheduled to take place April 9 to 11 and April 16 to 18.

Kaiser said in a tweet that holding the music festival this year is simply too risky, according to Variety. This year’s Stagecoach Country Music Festival was also nixed.

“Due to the pandemic, Public Health Officer today signed a public health order canceling Coachella Valley Music and Arts, Stagecoach Country Music festivals planned for April 2021,” Kaiser tweeted. “We look forward to when the events may return.”

He added in the order that there are “concerns of a fall resurgence of COVID-19″ especially given the international scope of both festivals. Last year’s Coachella was moved from April to October before it was postponed to this April.

The headliners set to perform included: Travis Scott, Frank Ocean and Rage Against the Machine. Dr. Anthony Fauci said that if at least 70 percent of Americans are vaccinated by the fall, outdoor concerts could possibly resume.

Coachella is so popular it generally sells out its tickets, which add up to 125,000 a day, immediately. The music festival has taken place every year since 2001. As a result of the pandemic, the live events industry lost more than $30 billion worldwide last year, including $9.7 billion at the box office.