The dates for Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival have been postponed for the fourth time, this time from October this year to April 2022. According to Variety, this will also affect the country-music-themed music festival Stagecoach, which is held ordinarily the weekend following Coachella.
Because of the pandemic, Coachella has had to be shifted from April 2020 to October 2020, and then to April and October 2021 (which wasn’t officially confirmed by promoters anyway) and now could be pushed back to 2022, according to reports.
With Coachella being one of the most popular festivals in the world, with over 100,000 visitors coming to this single destination, this was of course a matter of concern regarding high-risk disease transmission.
However, some US festivals in states such as Florida and Texas, where the restrictions are less strict are still being scheduled for this spring. “There’s a big difference between having two weekend of Coachella in California and throwing a country festival in Florida”, one source tells Variety.
In the UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement that “nightclubs and large events” can reopen by June 21 led the world’s largest live-entertainment company Live Nation to announce rescheduled dates for three major festivals in the UK, but unfortunately Coachella is still in limbo for now.
Coachella has not yet confirmed the dates for the 2022 rescheduling.