The Stagecoach Country Music Festival and its sister festival Coachella have been cancelled once again.
The festivals, which both take place in California, were forced to cancel last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Public Health Officer Dr Cameron Kaiser signed the public health order which forces the cancellation of the festivals; in a statement he said, “If COVID-19 were detected at these festivals, the scope and number of attendees and the nature of the venue would make it infeasible, if not impossible, to track those who may be placed at risk”.
Stagecoach was scheduled for April 24 - 26 in 2020, but was postponed to late October when the pandemic began to take hold in the United States. It was then cancelled once again in June, with organisers saying they had every intention of returning in 2021, for which they set the dates of April 23 - 25.
This year, no new dates have been scheduled, but producers are said to be toying with the idea of hosting the festival in the fall.
They are not the first major festival to cancel again this year - Florida’s Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam has been pushed back from March to June, whilst in the UK both Country to Country Festival and Glastonbury have been postponed to 2022.