Updated: Mar 10
THIS POST WILL BE ONGOING AND UPDATED
Update 3/10/2020 6:14 PM: The Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival has been officially postponed until the weekends of October 9th and October 16th. This news comes after growing concerns regarding COVID-19 and the safety of festival goers.
Update 3/9/2020 10:05 PM: While it has not been confirmed to POTY yet, sources are saying Coachella will be rescheduled to October 9th and October 15th. We will update with a confirmation as soon as Coachella posts an official statement.
Update 3/6/2020 5:17 PM: In a press release, SXSW has confirmed the cancelation of their annual music, film and tech conference for 2020.
"The City of Austin has canceled the March dates for SXSW and SXSW EDU. SXSW will faithfully follow the City’s directions.
We are devastated to share this news with you. “The show must go on” is in our DNA, and this is the first time in 34 years that the March event will not take place. We are now working through the ramifications of this unprecedented situation."
Update 3/4/2020 6:11 PM: Billboard has confirmed that the Ultra Music Festival in Miami, FL has been canceled due to concerns regarding the Coronavirus.
The question on everyone's mind is whether or not the famous festival will close gates before they even open.
With the spread of Coronavirus happening all around the world, festivals and sports events have been canceled as a result. As we are now starting to enter the peak of festival season, all eyes are on the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival following the decision to proceed as planned from SXSW in Austin, TX.
As it stands now, Coachella & Stagecoach will go on as planned starting April 10th, 2020. Stagecoach will begin starting on April 23rd, 2020.
This post will be updated as more information arrives.
In Austin, major publications have already backed out of SXSW.
A spokesperson for Facebook stated, "Due to concerns related to coronavirus, our company and employees will not be participating in SXSW this year."
Confirmed by The Verge, Twitter stated that the halting of non-essential events "unfortunately includes SXSW.” and the famous Twitter House.
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This along with a petition of over 44,000 signatures has fans concerned about Coachella's future. This is sparking a great debate with fans. Some are proposing better health precautions at this year's festival and some are just hoping they outright cancel it. If the festival does see the light of day, it would most likely cause a major backlash. This along with the herpes outbreak that presented itself last year at the campgrounds is surely a recipe for disaster if the festival doesn't proceed with caution.
The real question is whether the festival will cancel last minute or give fans some sort of notice in advance to make travel adjustments. The festival welcomes over 125,000 attendees each day, so a notice would be considered kind of necessary.