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Coachella 2020 has officially been postponed

Fears surrounding coronavirus delay another festival

This year's Coachella has been officially postponed. 

After rumours started to circulate earlier this week, organisers of the California festival have officially confirmed that both weekends of the double-header event have been postponed until later this year as a result of major public health worries relating to the spread of coronavirus. 

The new dates for the festival are 9-11th October and 16-18th October. All purchases for the April dates will be honoured for the rescheduled October dates.

In a statement, organisers Goldenvoice - who also promote country music festival Stagecoach - said, "At the direction of the County of Riverside and local health authorities, we must sadly confirm the rescheduling of Coachella and Stagecoach due to COVID-19 concerns."

"While this decision comes at a time of universal uncertainty, we take the safety and health of our guests, staff and community very seriously. We urge everyone to follow the guidelines and protocols put forth by public health officials."

The news comes as various global festivals and events, including Tomorrowland WinterMiami Winter Music ConferenceSXSW, Miami's Ultra, announce cancellations or postponements due to the virus outbreak.