Coachella reportedly not returning in October 2020
Coachella, which was originally postponed from its usual April dates to October due to the coronavirus pandemic, reportedly will not go ahead in 2020 at all.
The iconic Indio, California festival announced in March it would be pushed back from its usual April dates to October. But as Billboard reported on June 9, the 2020 event has been ruled out as its parent company AEG lays off and furloughs staff.
Per Billboard, AEG (the Anschutz Entertainment Group) has begun laying off 15 per cent of its staff, furloughing 100 employees and implementing pay cuts of up to 50 per cent. In an email to staff, seen by Billboard, CEO Dan Beckerman said the move will affect staff across the world.
“It is an agonising decision, but sadly, a necessary one,” Beckerman said. “The world is slowly re-opening, and our industry will re-open later and more slowly than most.”
This year’s Coachella lineup was to be headlined by Rage Against The Machine, Travis Scott and Frank Ocean.
Event organisers Goldenvoice are reportedly deciding between running a smaller Coachella event in 2021 in the hopes restrictions have eased, and throwing a full festival in October next year. Two-fifths of ticketholders have requested refunds to this year’s festival.
“It is clear now that live events with fans will not resume for many months and likely not until sometime in 2021,” Beckerman said.