Coachella announces 2021 music festival dates after abandoning 2020 editions

FILE PHOTO: Concertgoers use their mobile phones during Eminem's performance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California, U.S., April 15, 2018. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni /File Photo

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Organizers of the Coachella music festival confirmed on Thursday that the event would no longer take place this year because of the coronavirus epidemic, but announced new dates for April 2021.

Coachella, one of the biggest music festivals in the world that brings half a million fans to an open-air site in the California desert, and its sister event Stagecoach for country music were rescheduled earlier this year from April until October.

But officials in Riverside County on Wednesday canceled the October event because of continuing concerns over the coronavirus.

“We have every intention of returning in 2021. As of now, Coachella weekend one will take place April 9 – 11, 2021 and weekend two will be April 16 – 18, 2021. Stagecoach is set for April 23 – 25, 2021,” organizers Goldenvoice said in a statement on Thursday.

It said details of the 2021 lineup would be announced at a later date and that tickets sold for 2020 would be honored in 2021.

The 2020 lineup was to have included Frank Ocean, Rage Against the Machine, and Travis Scott.

Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Peter Cooney