Cancel culture just got very real. Last week, South by Southwest was cancelled along with a slew of big name tech conferences. Not to mention the school closures, travel restrictions and numerous events around the world that have also been affected by the spread of coronavirus, government name: Covid-19. And today, even though it’s not until May, DragCon LA has been cancelled due to fears of the spread of the virus. It’s been #cancellT!, “out of an abundance of caution”, and won’t be back until 2021. That’s bad news for any enterprising spooky queens who were planning a sickening Covid-69 lewk this year. However, things aren’t quite so dire for people who bought tickets for Coachella (yet). According to Billboard, festival promoters Goldenvoice are trying to reschedule the festival from the weekends of April 10th and 17th, to the weekends of October 9th and 16th when Covid-19 will, hopefully, be unavailable to headline. And just in time for white girls in Native American headdresses season!
Billboard says there’s still a possibility the festival will be cancelled all together. But organizers are scrambling to avoid reuniting all those fools with their money. In previous years, the worst thing you could catch from using the public restrooms at Coachella was Hepatitis C. But I guess the danger of their patrons contracting Hepatitis C with a coronavirus chaser is where the organizers draw the line. Billboard reports:
Officials with promoter Goldenvoice are working on a plan to try and move the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, California, to the weekends of Oct. 9 and Oct. 16 in an attempt to save the event from cancellation amid concerns about the coronavirus outbreak, according to high level sources. The AEG-owned concert promoter is also working to move the Stagecoach country music festival to October as well, possibly to Oct. 23.
Fearing that Riverside County officials will have to pull the 20-year-old event’s permit to bring 250,000 fans over two weekends to Indio, California, conversations with city officials and talent agents began late Sunday as the hope for staging the festival in April began to diminish. Earlier Monday (March 9) three more cases of coronavirus were confirmed in Riverside County where the festival takes place.
Organizers hope to know within the next 48 hours if the move is possible. If not, the 2020 versions of Coachella and Stagecoach will likely be canceled.
I have a pretty good idea of what the sound of a 250,000 screaming Coachella attendees in the desert sounds like, but I’m not sure the world can survive the sound of 250,000 disappointed, whining influncers on Twitter. #Pray4Us.