Coachella Festival Moved From April To October Due To COVID-19 Concerns

It's one of the latest events affected by the coronavirus disease outbreak.
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As events around the world are postponed or canceled amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) threat, Coachella announced that the music festival will be moved from April to October this year. The new dates are October 9 to 11 and October 16 to 18.

In an Instagram post, the organizers said the decision came at the direction of the local county and health authorities. The yearly festival is held in the city of Indio in California, U.S.

According to the organizers, all tickets for the original April dates will be honored for the new October dates. For those who can’t make it in October, refund instructions will be released on March 13.

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The April dates were supposed to feature BIGBANG, Lana Del Rey, Frank Ocean, and other artists. There is no word on the lineup for the new dates yet.

Goldenvoice, the production company behind Coachella, also announced that the Stagecoach Country Music Festival will be moved from April 24 to 26 to October 23 to 25.

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They said, “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." 

With the growing number of COVID-19 cases around the world, festivals and other public gatherings are being canceled or postponed. In the Philippines, the Wanderland Festival, Ji Chang Wook’s fan meet, and Avril Lavigne’s concert are just some of the events postponed to a later date. 

Since the virus was identified in Wuhan, China in December 2019, it has infected over 113,000 people and killed over 4,000 people around the world, according to CNN. As of this writing, there are now 33 confirmed cases in the Philippines. 

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