Fans Are Not Happy That Coronavirus Is Ruining Their Coachella Plans
Fans have responded to reports that the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will likely be postponed until later this year.
UPDATE: Coachella has officially confirmed the festival will be rescheduled to October this year due to coronavirus concerns.
"All purchases for the April dates will be honoured for the rescheduled October dates," a statement read. Refunds were also being offered to those who are unable to attend the two weekends in mid-October.
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The iconic festival takes places in California's Indio Valley every April and, this year, fans were looking forward to watching a lineup that included Frank Ocean, Rage Against The Machine and Travis Scott.
While the news has not been officially confirmed on the Coachella website, publications including Billboard and Variety have reported that the festival will be postponed to October due to COVID-19 fears, citing "high-level sources".
The reports have surfaced following news that the annual South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas had been cancelled and that Miley Cyrus will no longer be travelling to Australia for her planned bushfire relief concert.
But festivalgoers who have tickets to one of the two Coachella weekends in April have been experiencing some mixed emotions about the three-day extravaganza potentially moving to October.
Importantly, fans have pointed out that their October schedule is full enough with Halloween to be adding Coachella into the mix.
Fans have also lamented the prospect of the warm springtime festival getting moved to autumn, even though the weather in the Indio Valley -- a literal desert -- will still be incredibly warm around that time of year.
Health and safety conscious fans have questioned the seven-month postponement, pointing out that no-one can be sure of the effects of the pandemic in October.
While others have rejoiced in reaction to the news, for a variety of reasons with some cruelly hoping Coronavirus will be the nail in Coachella's coffin and that Instagram influencers will never again post ~sponsored content~ in their best festival outfits from the desert polo field.
Others were just glad they'll have more time to shred and get their festival bods ready.
And Frank Ocean fans who didn't get tickets to the festival wallowing in a pool of their own schadenfreude.
Festival organisers Goldenvoice are expected to release an official statement within 24 hours but music fans could be prepping for a very spooky -- or germy -- time at Coachella 2020.
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