Coachella has unfortunately been absent since 2019, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many festivals have been making their successful return this summer, with thousands of fans rejoicing in live concerts’ return. Coachella ended up being one of the few major festivals to still decide to hold off until 2022, though.
Many concerts are requiring negative COVID-19 tests or being fully vaccinated in order to attend. For Coachella next year, the fully vaccinated mandate will be going into effect, according to Jay Marciano, the COO of AEG and chairman and CEO of AEG Presents, said according to The Los Angeles Times.
“We have come to the conclusion that, as a market leader, it was up to us to take a real stand on vaccination status. Just a few weeks ago, we were optimistic about where our business, and country, were heading. The Delta variant, combined with vaccine hesitancy, is pushing us in the wrong direction again.”
“We realize that some people might look at this as a dramatic step, but it’s the right one,” Marciano continued. “We also are aware that there might be some initial pushback, but I’m confident and hopeful that, at the end of the day, we will be on the right side of history and doing what’s best for artists, fans, and live event workers.”
This festival will take place for two weekends as usual, from April 15-17 and April 22-24. As of now, it’s unclear whether the full 2020 performers will all be at the 2022 festival. The scheduled artists from last year were supposed to be Rage Against The Machine, Calvin Harris, Travis Scott, Megan Thee Stallion, Frank Ocean, Summer Walker, DaBaby, Lana Del Rey, Lil Uzi Vert, and more. Advance presale for 2022 began on June 4.
Check out Coachella’s statement on requiring attendees to be fully vaccinated below.