Coachella is likely to be rescheduled due to coronavirus

Jessica Davis
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From Harper's BAZAAR

Coachella may be postponed due to concerns over the coronavirus outbreak.

According to Variety, show promoter Goldenvoice “is informing agents currently and deducing who is available on consecutive weekends in October - starting with 9 October.” Coachella, as well as the Stagecoach Musical Festival, faces delays because of the outbreak - a decision that was “inevitable” as coronavirus panic dominates.

The news follows last week’s announcement that South by Southwest and Miami’s EDM-based Ultra Music Festival were both called off this year, notes Variety.

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Coachella was set to take place on 10-12 April and 17-19 April this year, with headliners such as Rage Against the Machine, Travis Scott and Frank Ocean.

Stagecoach was to follow on 24-26 April with Carrie Underwood, Eric Church and Thomas Rhett to perform.

Coronavirus continues to dominate the news, with the number of confirmed UK cases rising daily. The virus has spread from China throughout Europe and the UK Chief Medical Officers has since raised the risk to the public from low to moderate.

As well as cancellations in the fashion and music industry, many are questioning whether it's safe to travel at all during this time. While the spread of coronavirus may feel worrying, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has not declared a pandemic.

The general advice is to protect yourself from germs as much as possible: Keep yourself clean, wash your hands, and cover your mouth if you cough. The NHS still maintains that "the risk to individuals remains low" and insists "people can continue to go to work, school and other public places", which technically includes tourist attractions too.

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