Coachella, Stagecoach music festivals canceled for 2020 amid ongoing coronavirus concerns, plans 2021 return

Popular music festivals Coachella and Stagecoach have been canceled for 2020.

Dr. Cameron Kaiser, Riverside County's public health officer, signed an order Wednesday canceling the popular festivals outside Palm Springs, Calif.

Kaiser and other health officials are concerned about a possible surge in coronavirus cases in the fall.

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The festivals were set to take place earlier in the year, but in March they were both postponed until October.

Coachella and Stagecoach have both been canceled for 2020.

Coachella and Stagecoach have both been canceled for 2020. (Getty)

“I am concerned as indications grow that COVID-19 could worsen in the fall,” Kaiser said Wednesday, per the Los Angeles Times. “In addition, events like Coachella and Stagecoach would fall under Governor Newsom’s Stage 4, which he has previously stated would require treatments or a vaccine to enter. Given the projected circumstances and potential, I would not be comfortable moving forward."

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Kaiser said the decision was made in the interest of "the health of the community."

Carrie Underwood and Travis Scott were among the musicians set to perform at Stagecoach and Coachella, respectively.

Carrie Underwood and Travis Scott were among the musicians set to perform at Stagecoach and Coachella, respectively. (Getty)

"This is not the future that any of us hoped to confront, but our main focus remains the well-being of our fans, staff, artists, desert partners and everyone involved in the festival," read a press release from Coachella obtained by Fox News on Thursday. "A year without Coachella and Stagecoach is hard for us to comprehend, but we have every intention of returning in 2021."

The release also confirmed that Coachella is being planned for April 9 through 11, and April 16 through 18, 2021, while Stagecoach will take place from April 23 to 25, 2021.

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"We look forward to sharing our new lineups and more information," the release said. "We can’t wait to be together in the desert again when it is safe."

All 2020 passes will be honored in 2021.

This year will be the first since 2000 without a Coachella festival. The festival was founded in 1999 and did not take place again until 2001, per the Times.

Coachella was set to be headlined by Rage Against the Machine, Travis Scott and Frank Ocean, while Stagecoach was to be headlined by Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood and Eric Church.

The Associated Press contributed to this report