Coronavirus: Coachella Festival postponed due to COVID-19 concerns

The organisers of iconic Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in the US have confirmed the April event will not go ahead due to concerns about the spread of coronavirus. 

Rumours of a cancellation have been swirling as fears of a global COVID-19 pandemic ramp up, with many live entertainment events being axed. 

Coachella spans two weekends and will move from April to October this year. Country music festival Stagecoach, presented by the same entertainment company Goldenvoice, will also be postponed until October. 

In a statement released on Coachella's social media platforms, the promoters explain they had been directed by the County of Riverside and local health authorities to push the date back. 

"While this decision comes at a time of universal uncertainty, we take the safety and health of our guests, staff and community very seriously," the statement reads. 

"We urge everyone to follow the guidelines and protocols put forth by public health officials." 

Goldenvoice says ticket holders would be notified in the next few days about how to obtain a refund if they're unable to attend the new dates of October 6-11 and 16-18.