The source cited is “two industry sources with knowledge of the situation”. The festival’s promoter Goldenvoice and its parent company AEG Presents did not respond to a request for comment.
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The reason given is ongoing uncertainty on the plausibility of throwing large-scale events this year due to pandemic.
Coachella attracts 125,000 people each day from all over the world, making it ripe for potential disease transmission and spread.
It is expected that Coachella’s country music sister event Stagecoach festival will move as well.
If the report is accurate, this will mark the fourth planned Coachella festival to have not taken place since its scheduled April 2020 event was unable to go ahead due to the pandemic. At the time it initially rescheduled to October 2020, before officially cancelling its 2020 edition altogether. Then a planned April 2021 edition was reportedly postponed to October 2021, although this date was never publicly confirmed by the promoters.
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Other festivals in the US are still expecting to go ahead and moving forward with plans.
“There’s a big difference between having two weekend of Coachella in California and throwing a country festival in Florida,” one source said to Variety.
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