In news that is not surprising, but still disappointing as hell, Coachella and Stagecoach will not take place at all in 2020.
Billboard reported Tuesday that Coachella, which had been postponed to October from April due to the coronavirus, will not take place at all in 2020. Executives with AEG, who puts on the fest, just don’t see large concerts happening anytime soon and, in addition to cancelling events, have been forced to lay off some staff.
“It is clear now that live events with fans will not resume for many months and likely not until sometime in 2021,” Dan Beckerman, President and CEO of international concert promoter AEG, explained Monday in a letter notifying employees of impending layoffs of about 15% of its workers.
According to the Desert Sun, Riverside County Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser signed an order Wednesday canceling both Stagecoach and Coachella for 2020.
As for the future of the festival that means so much to the economy of the Coachella Valley, well, there’s no word on that just yet. There were reports that the organizers were talking with this year’s scheduled headliners about possibly headlining in 2021 and, hey, that could be cool, but, until there’s a better handle on the virus, it just doesn’t sound like there is going to be any large events for a while.