The Coronavirus strikes again!
No, COVID-19 hasn't taken away any famous actor/ress or musician, but potentially one of the biggest music festivals in the world, Coachella. Hot on the heels of South by Southwest's cancelation and the reports of confirmed cases of the virus in the Coachella Valley (where the festival is held), the massive event was postponed until October.
The promoter, Goldenvoice decided to play it safe and move Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (as it's formally known) from its two dates of April 10th-12th and 17th-19th to the weekends of October 9th and 16th, while the sister event Stagecoach Country Music Festival is also being pushed back from April 24th to October 23rd.
Goldenvoice released the statement "While this decision comes at a time of universal uncertainty, we take the safety and health of our guests, staff and community very seriously. We urge everyone to follow the guidelines and protocols put forth by public health officials.".
It was also confirmed that all tickets purchased for the April dates will be valid for October and refund information will be made public on Friday the 13th of March.
While the US events take these actions, things still look uncertain in the UK and EU, where questions are now being raised about whether Glastonbury, Download, or if any of the many European festivals, film or music will go ahead this year. Only time will tell.