Coachella has been forced to cancel this year’s event.
The Southern California festival was forced to postpone in April last year, before completely cancelling the rescheduled October dates, amid the coronavirus. It has now been announced that Coachella will be unable to go ahead in 2021.
According to a report published by The New York Times, a county health order has cited the most recent coronavirus surge in California for the cancellation, warning against large-scale events. A public health officer for Riverside County, Dr. Cameron Kaiser, said the event is a “gathering of an international scope” and is too risky amid the surge and appearance of more contagious variants.
“If Covid-19 were detected at these festivals, the scope and number of attendees and the nature of the venue would make it infeasible, if not impossible, to track those who may be placed at risk,” the order said.
At the time of this article, Coachella have not made an official statement announcing the cancellation.
Amid the festival’s cancelation last year, Coachella’s tent company were among a number of event production groups who are constructing medical facilities to help combat COVID-19.
‘Coachella: 20 Years in the Desert’, a documentary about the festival which features performances from Radiohead, Björk, Daft Punk, Kanye West, Rage Against The Machine and LCD Soundsystem, premiered via YouTube Originals in April this year.
Elsewhere, the UK’s Glastonbury also cancelled its annual festival for the second year running due to Coronavirus.