Coachella has been forced to cancel its rescheduled 2020 event.
The California festival had originally rescheduled from its original dates in April to the 9th - 11th and 16th - 18th October 2020, as various global festivals and events, including Tomorrowland Winter, Miami Winter Music Conference, SXSW, Miami's Ultra, announced cancellations or postponements in the same weeks due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Chicago music festival Lollapalooza also recently announced it would not be taking place this year following advice from City of Chicago Council.
Now, announced yesterday (10th), Coachella confirmed that the October festival would be unable to go ahead due to public health concerns. Riverside County public health officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser announced that amid the pandemic, it would be impossible for the two-weekend event to take place.
Speaking on the precautions put into place preventing the festival, Kaiser said "These decisions are not taken lightly with the knowledge that many people will be impacted. My first priority is the health of the community.”
Coachella are yet to announce the new 2021 dates.
'Coachella: 20 Years in the Desert', a documentary about the festival which features performances from Radiohead, Björk, Daft Punk, Kanye West, Rage Against The Machine and LCD Soundsystem, premiered via YouTube Originals in April this year.