Coachella 2021 announced its cancellation for the third time due to the coronavirus pandemic in an order issued by health officials on Friday.

“The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and the Stagecoach Country Music Festival currently scheduled for April 2021 are hereby canceled. This order is intended to reduce the likelihood of exposure to COVID-19.  If COVID-19 were detected at these festivals, the scope and number of attendees and the nature of the venue would make it infeasible, if not impossible, to track those who may be placed at risk.”

Dr. Cameron Kaiser, Riverside County Health Officer

Coachella was originally scheduled to take place in 2020 with headliners Travis Scott, Frank Ocean, and Rage Against the Machine on April 10-12 and April 17-19, It was then pushed to the weekends of Oct. 9-11 and Oct. 16-18, 2020. The last time the festival took a hiatus was after its 1999 debut and its 2001 return.  There is no word yet from festival organizers or health officials when the festival will take place in the future. 

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is an annual festival held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California.  Founded in 1999, it is organized by Goldenvoice, a subsidiary of AEG, and is known to feature an eclectic range of acts from a range of genres with performances by Pearl Jam, Beastie Boys, Madonna, Daft Punk, Prince, Paul McCartney, The Killers, Jay-Z, Fedde Le Grand, and Nora En Pure to name a few.