The massive Coachella festival in California might be moved to October because of coronavirus concerns. (Luis Sinco/LA Times/TNS)
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Coachella, Stagecoach music festivals might be moved to October because of virus concerns

Add Coachella and Stagecoach to the list of music events possibly nixed because of concerns about the coronavirus outbreak.

Billboard reported late Monday that festival promoter Goldenvoice will decide in the next couple of days whether it’s possible to move both festivals to October or if they will need to cancel.

The 20-year-old Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival and Stagecoach take place on the same grounds in Indio, California throughout three weekends in April. At least three cases of coronavirus have been reported in Riverside County, which includes Indio.

About 250,000 people typically attend Coachella, which this year boasted a lineup including Frank Ocean, Rage Against the Machine and Travis Scott. The country-focused Stagecoach offered headliners Carrie Underwood and Thomas Rhett.

According to Billboard, organizers are in discussions to move Coachella to the weekends of Oct. 9 and Oct. 16 and Stagecoach to Oct. 23.

If the festivals are affected, they will join SXSW – which was canceled last week for the first time in its 34-year history and will deprive Austin of about $350 million in economic impact – and Miami’s Ultra Music Fest on the inventory of virus fallout.

Also on Monday evening, Pearl Jam announced it would postpone its upcoming tour, slated to kick off March 18, due to coronavirus concerns. The band did not have an Atlanta date on the itinerary. 

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Melissa Ruggieri
Melissa Ruggieri
Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff writer Melissa Ruggieri covers music and entertainment news for the AJC. She remembers when MTV was awesome.