UPDATE 3/11/2020, 9:30 a.m.: Festival organizers confirm that Stagecoach, and its sister festival Coachella, have been rescheduled.
According to a press release, the County of Riverside and local health authorities directed the festival to be moved due to concerns surrounding COVID-19. Coachella has been rescheduled for October 9, 10 and 11, as well as October 16, 17 and 18. Stagecoach will take place October 23, 24 and 25.
Tickets purchased for the original April dates will be honored for the new dates. Those who bought tickets will be contacted by May 13 on how to be refunded should they be unable to attend.
The move would also postpone the even-larger Coachella pop festival, which takes place on the same grounds as Stagecoach, and neither deal is finished yet. But, if a workable solution cannot be found for either festival — likely in October — it will be canceled for 2020. Riverside county, which hosts both festivals, announced three more confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus on Monday (March 9) as cases top 100,000 globally.
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This year’s Stagecoach Festival is currently scheduled for April 24 – 26 with headliners Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood and Eric Church, and conversations with artists, staff and city officials to move the event began over the weekend. Other festivals such as South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas, as well as the Winter Music Conference and Ultra Music Festival in Miami have already been canceled, while Old Dominion backed out of the C2C: Country to Country festival in Europe last week.