Coachella Canceled for the Third Time – Will Other Festival Follow?

Festival goers, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival 2019, Weekend 1. Photo by Christopher Polk/REX/Shutterstock (10200069fu)

None of the major music festivals took place in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and it seems this trend will continue into 2021. Coachella has been canceled for the third time due to health and safety concerns, but will other music festivals follow suit?

This year’s Coachella was supposed to take place during two weekends on April 9-11 and April 16-18, but Riverside County health officials put a hold on these plans. They issued an order asking for the cancelation of the popular music festival “to reduce the likelihood of exposure to COVID-19” because of the number of attendees and the nature of the venue.

This is the third time that Coachella has been canceled, together with the sister festival Stagecoach. Back in 2020, the event was initially postponed from April to October, before it became clear it won’t take place at all.

Coachella isn’t the first major music festival to be canceled recently. Glastonbury was also put on hold for a second consecutive year amid the ongoing pandemic. The upcoming spring and summer bring a lot of uncertainty along and the future of the music festival season doesn’t look too bright at this point, especially after two of the biggest festivals in the world were called off.