UPDATE: Coachella 2020 is postponed until October. Official Goldenvcoie / Coachella statement can be found here.
UPDATE: Coachella might be postponed until October, 2020.
There’s rumors floating around that Coachella 2020 is going to be canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak. Even our sources tell us that some serious executive conversations are being had right now. With the recent news that SXSW had to cancel their upcoming music, film and tech conference — for the first time in 34 years — it’s more than likely that Coachella will follow en suite. With that said, if Coachella shuts its gates, this can lead to all other major music festival across the globe cancelling their festival dates.
Coronovirus is already in Coachella Valley
Most recently reported, Riverside County health officials have announced three new cases of the coronavirus in the Coachella Valley. This is definitely alarming everyone from stakeholders to fans of the iconic music festival.
A recent petition had been circulating the digital sphere, urging a Coachella cancelation, and asking folks to “sign the petition and stand with all the lives that are potentially at risk.” The petition is quickly reaching its 15,000-signature goal.
Excerpt from the petition:
As a highly inclusive community, we are responsible to protect each and every community member, which include the ones who are elderly, fragile, or the ones who suffers from chronic diseases, cancer, immune system diseases and other form of disabilities. The lives of these people should not be down-played and we shouldn’t risk their lives since they have a higher chance catching COVID-19 and develop critical situationst that need to be hospitalized.
Grimy Goods put out a couple social polls on Twitter and Instagram Stories to see how our music community felt about canceling Coachella. On both platforms, our readers expressed that Coachella SHOULD be canceled. See some of their responses below (collected via Instagram Stories / Questions, our Instagram post, and Twitter post. Answers below are from fans, citizen of the I.E. and even bands. Names are only shown when answers are public.
“I don’t want that shit to spread to my city.” ~Anonymous (Stories)
“Life is a risk we can’t be afraid to live. Wash your hands and be smart.” ~Anonymous (Stories)
“I love music fests but not that much. I was planning on selling my coachella tickets . I have parents and grandparents that live in Riverside and Palm Springs. NOT WORTH IT.” ~Anonymous (Stories)
“It sucks for the businesses but our medical infrastructure cannot handle a full blown outbreak! Still ten times deadlier than the flu and 20% of patients need hospitalization. We are already fully taxed as is!”
“This could be really devastating for the industry and ppl who find meaning in these events 😞” ~ocbruin84
“Better to be safe then sorry. Music will still be here! Your health is a lot more delicate” ~ @courtneypaigenelson
Coachella will only be cancelled if government agency tells them to. Otherwise losses not covered by insurance.— Daniel (@danfromwestlake) March 6, 2020
Fuck it, Coachella 2020 vibes 👌🏽 catch me out there like pic.twitter.com/e8cASxMusD— Derek 💯 (@DezmerAE) March 7, 2020
CAN ALL THE LA BITCHES UNITE AND SIGN A PETITION FOR THEM TO NOT CANCEL COACHELLA LIKE I DONT CARE IF I GET CORONA VIRUS AS LONG AS I CAN GO TO COACHELLA AND TAKE PICTURES 😔😔🙈😎👍— Antonio Garza (@antoniiogarza21) March 7, 2020
Coachella 2020 is set to take place April 10th-12th and April 17th-19th at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. The 2020 Coachella lineup will feature: Thom Yorke, Lana Del Rey, Flume, Rage Against the Machine, Frank Ocean, Travis Scott, FKA Twigs, Run The Jewels, Caribou, Denzel Curry, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Chicano Batman, Duck Sauce, Fatboy Slim, Megan Thee Stallion, IDLES, Pink Sweat$, Weyes Blood, Princess Nokia, TOKiMONSTA, beabadoobee, The Regrettes, Girl In Red, Bedouin, Bishop Briggs, Noname, Altin Gün, Sampa The Great, Big Wild, Friendly Fires, Amber Mark, Hot Chip, Carly Rae Jepsen, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, and more.