As more and more events are canceled due to the coronavirus, organizers of the Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals are trying to salvage the popular events. Coachella, which was slated for April 10-12 and 17-19 in Indio, California, will be moved to the weekends of October 9-11 and 16-11. Stagecoach, which was scheduled for April 24-26, is being moved to October 23-25.
Organizers are concerned that Riverside County officials will pull their permit that allows them to host over 250,000 festivalgoers, which led to talks about moving the festivals to October. The feat of postponing these major festivals would not be easily accomplished. Each festival involved hundreds of vendors, thousands of employees, and artists with various scheduling conflicts.
Frank Ocean, Rage Against the Machine, and Travis Scott were scheduled to headline this year’s Coachella, all of whom will have to be rebooked or replaced for the fall rescheduling.
A version of this article was previously published on March 10, 2020, and was updated on March 11, 2020, with more information.