Coachella, Stagecoach festivals postponed to October

The official announcements came late Tuesday.

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REZZ performs onstage during the 2018 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival in Indio, California.

REZZ performs onstage during the 2018 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival in Indio, California.

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 Coachella will be returning to its fall roots, in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, it as confirmed Tuesday.

The music festival, originally slated for April 10-12 and April 17-19, will now move to Oct. 9-11 and 16-18.

In addition, festival organizers Goldenvoice also announced that Stagecoach country music festival is also moving to October.

Goldenvoice is no stranger to hosting festivals at the Empire Polo Club in October.The companyhas a contract for five festivals per year with the city of Indio.They have staged Desert Tripand Phish Fest in October, which is an important month because of weather — plus, it doesn’t conflict with polo season, which runs from January through March.

Additionally,Coachella’s inaugural event took placeOct. 9-10, 1999, and featured Rage Against the Machine as a headliner.

October is generally a slightly hotter month in the Coachella Valley than April. In April, the average high is 87 degrees and average low is 60, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In October, the average high is 92 and average low is 63.

The decision to delay the fest could come due to growing concerns about the coronavirus, which led tothecancellation of the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament in Indian Wellsand thedeclaration of a public health emergency in Riverside Countyby the top public health officer on Sunday, March 8.

Atotal ofsix Riverside County residentshave tested positive for COVID-19,otherwise known as coronavirus, as of Monday afternoon.Two peopleare being treated outside of the county, two are being treated at hospitals in the Coachella Valley,and twoare quarantined at home in the Coachella Valley.

Several otherconferences and large-scale events, including Ultra Music Festival in Miami and South by Southwest music, film and technology conference in Austin, have been canceled.

Coachella’s April lineup already includedTravis Scott, Frank Ocean and Rage Against the Machine are to headline Coachella. The Stagecoach lineupincludesThomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood, Eric Church,​​Lil Nas X,Billy Ray Cyrus,ZZ Top and Alan Jackson. No word on how the postponement would affect the October dates.

Goldenvoice has already released this year’sset times for Stagecoach.

Read more at; Contributing Sun-Times reporter Miriam Di Nunzio

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