Coachella 2020 probably getting cancelled; organizers reportedly asking acts to play in 2021
Earlier this week, AEG chairman Jay Marciano told The New York Times that "it doesn't seem likely we are going to open in the fall." Among other things, AEG is the parent company of Goldenvoice, which presents Coachella, which had rescheduled its 2020 edition from April to October, so Marciano's quote of course raised questions if that meant Coachella would be officially off for 2020.
More signs are now pointing to this, as Bloomberg reports that "people familiar with the matter" are saying Coachella organizers are asking artists to play the event in 2021 instead. The article continues, "Some of the acts have consented to playing next year, but others have yet to do so for both health and financial reasons, according to the people." Bloomberg also reached out to Goldenvoice, who declined to comment.
No real word yet on if things will be back to normal by 2021, but Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino has faith. "We believe 2021 can return to show volume and fan attendance at levels consistent with what we’ve seen in recent years," he said.
Rage Against the Machine, who were set to reunite this year and headline Coachella, have also already rescheduled their tour dates for 2021. Other similarly sized tours (like the Green Day/Weezer/Fall Out Boy stadium tour) and festivals (like Primavera Sound) have also recently rescheduled for 2021.
Previously, a health expert suggested that concerts and sporting events of that stature would not return until fall 2021.
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