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Coachella has been postponed over coronavirus concerns

The festival will be rescheduled for this October.

March 09, 2020
Coachella has been postponed over coronavirus concerns ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images

Update [March 10, 7 p.m. EST]: Goldenvoice has confirmed that the 2020 Coachella festival will be rescheduled for this October. Refunds will be available for those unable to attend. Read their full statement below.

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A tweet circulating from New York Magazine contributor Yashar Ali had initially suggested that Coachella 2020 has been postponed. Per Ali's tweet, the megafestival will be moved to two consecutive weekends in October, marking an involuntary return to form, of sorts (the first-ever Coachella festival, which Rage Against The Machine also headlined, was held in October 1999.)

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This year's initial lineup features headliners Frank Ocean, Rage Against The Machine, and Travis Scott, alongside acts including Lana Del Rey, Lil Uzi Vert, Megan Thee Stallion, FKA twigs, (Sandy) Alex G, and Doja Cat, who expressed a lack of concern for the virus over Instagram live this weekend: "I'm gonna get corona and then I’m gonna get a Corona, ’cause I don’t give a fuck about corona, bitch... I'm not scared." It's unclear as to how much of the original roster will appear at the October festival, but Ali states that "the same lineup is confirmed to perform."

News of Coachella's supposed postponement arrives just days after California declared a statewide emergency in response to the spread of COVID-19. On Sunday, Eisenhower Medical Center announced the first case of the virus in Riverside County, where Coachella is held. The public health crisis, which led to last week's cancellation of SXSW, spawned petitions both encouraging and discouraging festival organizers to call off this year's gatherings in Indio.

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Coachella has been postponed over coronavirus concerns