The Coachella music festival is expected to announce that, rather than cancel entirely for the year, the festival will simply be postponed until October 2020. This news comes as new cases of the novel coronavirus continue to pop up and many people are choosing to avoid public gatherings. If Coachella is indeed postponed, the move would impact the Stagecoach festival as well.
Billboard broke the news, confirming that Goldenvoice representatives were reaching out to performers on the bill to see if those musicians would be open to moving to the proposed fall dates.
At the time, sources told Billboard the new dates were not yet a completely “done deal,” but was the direction things appeared to be headed. A formal announcement is expected to be made by midweek.
In this scenario, it is believed Coachella would move to October 9-11 and 16-18, and Stagecoach would move to October 23-25.
Pulling off the switch just weeks ahead of the April dates will be a complicated and costly process for Goldenvoice–to say nothing of the disruption to fans who may have already booked travel arrangements. But it may still be seen as preferable to another option that is now reportedly on the table: canceling the 2020 festivals entirely.