Unsurprisingly, it’s still not a great time for a music festival.
2020’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival was supposed to be one of the event’s biggest iterations yet, as it was slated to feature not only prominent American musicians, but performers from all over the world. It was even supposed to feature a performance by Japanese holographic idol, Hatsune Miku, which I personally was super hyped for. Unfortunately, the event was slated for April of 2020, and by April of 2020, the entire world was already firmly on lockdown thanks to everyone’s favorite pandemic, COVID-19. Goldenvoice, the company that runs Coachella, has been trying to arrange a new date to finally hold the much-delayed festival, but unfortunately, they’re going to have to wait a little longer.
Earlier in the week, industry sources informed Variety that Coachella 2021, which was originally scheduled for October 2021 in the hopes that the pandemic situation would be stable by then, has been postponed to at least April 2022. Assuming this date stays firm, that means there will be an exactly two year-long gap between the previous Coachella and the next. Neither Goldenvoice nor AEG Presents have publicly commented on the matter as of writing.
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Some live entertainment promoters are hoping to have their acts up and touring again by late Fall 2021, but the uncertainty of the state of the pandemic, combined with artist reluctance tour and the necessity of preparations that would take months make the prospect of a full-on Coachella festival extremely unlikely compared to smaller live events.
“There’s a big difference between having two weekends of Coachella in California and throwing a country festival in Florida,” a source told Variety.
As event planners continue to wait and see, the live entertainment industry continues to hemorrhage money. As a direct result of the pandemic, the live entertainment industry suffered losses exceeding $30 billion in 2020, at least $9 billion of which was lost from potential box office sales.