Coachella Is Postponed Due To Coronavirus Fears
The worldwide coronavirus outbreak is causing a lot of problems for the festival and entertainment world. The latest casualty of the coronavirus is Coachella. Officials with the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival announced that unlike South By Southwest in Austin, they will only be postponing their event.
The City of Austin announced the cancellation of the March dates for SXSW and SXSW EDU Friday afternoon on Twitter. The 34 year old music, film, and business event will not be held for the first time in the event's history. Last week, officials with SXSW said Austin's Public Health Department said there "was no evidence that closing SXSW or any other gatherings will make the community safer.” However, because of continuing spread of the virus and the concerns over travel, officials said they want to protect their staff, attendees, and fellow Austinites and that's why the decision to cancel SXSW was made. It's also possible that coronavirus will also kill SXSW. Officials say the loss of revenue might prevent them from being able to afford to put the event on in the future.
Planning an event the size of Coachella is a monumental undertaking not only for the people who put it on, but also for vendors, security, and entertainers. Festival officials say they will reschedule for October, but a date has not yet been set. Rage Against the Machine, Travis Scott and Frank Ocean were scheduled to headline Coachella this summer, but it's not known if they will be performing at the rescheduled festival.