As was expected, the Coachella music festival has been pushed back to October because of the coronavirus.
The Californian festival, which was scheduled to take place next month with headliners Frank Ocean, Rage Against the Machine and Travis Scott. Now, organisers have released a statement explaining its 6-month delay.
"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," it read. :"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.
"Coachella will now take place on October 9, 10 and 11 and October 16, 17 and 18, 2020."
Fans and artists who were due to play/attend the festival have been reacting to the news...
the only man who can save coachella pic.twitter.com/mh8tZMowgu
— 5’9¾” (@nick95lopez) March 10, 2020
The pumpkin spice lattes are gonna be POPPIN at Coachella this year.....
— Shea Couleé (@SheaCoulee) March 11, 2020
Coachella is being delayed until October, but I'd still get in line for the Port-o-Potty now.
— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) March 11, 2020
I’m definitely still playing @coachella in October. Gonna be a very very special show. Be safe until then!! 💫
— Madeon (@madeon) March 10, 2020
Coachella is cancelled but u know what is safe? Joining a live stream of me playing kazoo for 3 hours. Perhaps consider this
— michaela okland (@MichaelaOkla) March 10, 2020
Now My Coachella Outfit Is Going To Waste. pic.twitter.com/96T7KfbgSy
— Dylan Palacio (@greentoepalacio) March 10, 2020
Just heard about the Coachella date getting moved. Crazy. Kind of reminded me about how you moved on right as I was about to make a real change in my life. Our dates were the only ones I actually looked forward to. Anyway, hope you’re well, you deserve it. pic.twitter.com/ssKLR4DPgo
— isaiah (@zzzay___) March 11, 2020
Coachella = October 2020.
I’ve dreamed of coming back for 4 years now...we can wait 6 more months! 🙈 Who will I see there?? ❤️🌴 pic.twitter.com/hzxNabw1Af
— Matoma (@MatomaOfficial) March 10, 2020