The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California was postponed on Tuesday afternoon as global cases of COVID-19 top 118,000. Organizers moved the April 10-12 and April 17-19 dates to October 9-11 and 16-18 on the hopes that the coronavirus scourge will be behind us by then.
"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," the organizers said in a statement. "All purchases for the April dates will be honored for the rescheduled October dates. Purchasers will be notified by Friday, March 13 on how to obtain a refund if they are unable to attend."
The cancellation comes after over 18,000 people signed a Change.org petition calling for the event's cancellation in order to "protect ourselves and California residents by do the right thing before it's too late."
Headliners include Rage Against The Machine, Frank Ocean and Travis Scott, who are reportedly all on board for the new date, according to TMZ.
Maybe Elon will fire up the Berlin Gigafactory cave in the meantime?
With an epic sound system & woofers the size of a car— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 10, 2020
Looks like attendees will just have to wait for their annual dose of herpies.
At present there are 175 documented cases in California and 2 deaths according to the New York Times.