LOS ANGELES (US) – One of the largest music festivals in the world ‘Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival’ has been cancelled yet again. The festival which was slated to be held in southern California in April 2021was shelved by by local health officials on Friday citing the ongoing pandemic.
The decision follows a surge in coronavirus cases and deaths in southern California in the past two months. According to an order from the county Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser, the decision was made to reduce the likelihood of exposure to the virus.
This is the third time the outdoor event has been canceled or postponed because of the pandemic.
Coachella brings half a million fans to an open-air site in the California desert. Its April 2020 event was initially rescheduled for October 2020, and then again to April 2021. Festival organisers had not put out any details for the April 2021 line-up and no new dates for the event were given.
After being wiped out in 2020, other major cultural gatherings are shifting dates again for 2021. Organizers of the Glastonbury music festival in England last week cancelled the June event and the Cannes film festival in France this week postponed its traditional May event to early July.