The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will reportedly make a return in April 2022. Two knowledgeable industry sources told Variety the news, adding the ensuing Stagecoach Festival will be pushed back as well. The COVID-19 health crisis has been cited as a reason for the delay in addition to the “daunting” task of booking acts who aren’t touring.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic brought a temporary end to live shows, the California-based festival has been playing it by ear, hoping to secure an actual date for the festivities. The fluctuating data, however, has already resulted in multiple delays.
Originally scheduled in April 2020 — a month after the world was on lockdown — Coachella was postponed to October. As the date approached, festival showrunners pushed the date back to April 2021.
A third postponement moved the concert to October 2021, but no official dates were promoted by party planners or the festival’s website.
Then in January, Dr. Cameron Kaiser formally announced Coachella would be cancelled once again.
“Due to the pandemic, Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser...signed a public health order canceling Coachella Valley Music and Arts, Stagecoach Country Music festivals planned for April 2021,” he tweeted at the time. “We look forward to when the events may return.”
Though Coachella is said to return next year, live events are slowly making a comeback. The recently-aired Grammy Awards was an in-person show, and there were a few fans during the NBA All-Star games. The Second City comedy theater in Chicago will resume live shows at a limited capacity in May, and New York will reportedly allow limited live performances next month.
“There’s a big difference between having two weekend of Coachella in California and throwing a country festival in Florida,” one source told Variety, noting concerns with the possible transmission rate among Coachella’s typical scale of more than 100,000 people.
Frank Ocean, Travis Scott, and Rage Against the Machine were named headliners of the postponed Coachella festival. DaBaby, Summer Walker, Megan Thee Stallion, 21 Savage, Lil Uzi Vert, Ari Lennox and more were also expected to hit the stage before COVID-19 prompted the event’s cancellation.