From Coachella to Ultra Music: major US music festivals face cancellation due to Covid-19

For the second year, big music events have been forced to push their dates over coronavirus concerns

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The coronavirus pandemic continues to put the live music industry on pause, as two of America's most popular music festivals are once again cancelled.

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and the Stagecoach Festival have been cancelled under a local county order in California.

Coachella was due to take place on two weekends in April, while Stagecoach was scheduled from April 23 to 25. No new dates have been announced for either event.

This announcement comes after a string of music festivals have faced cancellation and postponement this year, including the Ultra Music Festival in Miami, Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis and, internationally, the Glastonbury Festival in the UK.

Other festivals have shifted to an autumn date instead, such as Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Tennessee, The Governors Ball Music Festival in New York and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. However many of these big festivals are yet to announce their line-up of performances.

One festival, Austin’s SXSW, has chosen to go ahead with an online event in March. Other festivals, such as Burning Man in Nevada and the Lollapalooza in Chicago, are yet to announce their 2021 plans.