The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and Stagecoach Country Music Festival planned for April 2021 have been canceled, according to Dr. Cameron Kaiser, the public health officer for Riverside County where the festivals are held annually.
Kaiser made the announcement via Twitter on Friday, citing the pandemic as the cause for cancelation. No new dates have been announced at this time. Coachella had been planned for April 9-11 and 16-18 and Stagecoach was set for April 23-25.
This marks the third time the festivals have had dates changed over COVID-19 concerns. Last March, Coachella’s April dates were moved to October and by June, fully canceled. Travis Scott, Frank Ocean and Rage Against the Machine had been set to headline the two-weekend event.
2020’s cancellation was the first time since 2000 that Coachella had not occurred. The festival previously took a gap year break after its 1999 debut and 2001 return.
Due to the pandemic, Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser today (Jan. 29) signed a public health order canceling Coachella Valley Music and Arts, Stagecoach Country Music festivals planned for April 2021. We look forward to when the events may return.
— Dr. Geoffrey Leung (@RivCoDoc) January 29, 2021