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Coachella postpones due to coronavirus — and overlaps with ACL Fest

Eric Webb
ewebb@statesman.com
Kacey Musgraves performs during the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Zilker Park on Sunday, October 13, 2019 in Austin. [Scott Moore for Statesman]

The cancellation of South by Southwest has already caused a seismic shift in Austin’s live music world. Even though it’s in October, Austin City Limits Music Festival might be the next to feel the effects of COVID-19.

Organizers for Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Tuesday announced they would postpone this year’s event over concern about the spread of the disease caused by coronavirus. This year’s dates were set for April 10-12 and 17-19. Coachella now will take place Oct. 9-11 and 16-18.

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In a statement, organizers for the music festival in Indio, Calif., said the move was taken “at the direction of the County of Riverside and local health authorities.”

If those new dates sound familiar, it’s because they overlap with the second weekend of this year’s ACL Fest, scheduled to take place on Oct. 2-4 and 9-11 in Zilker Park. Lineups for major music festivals often feature many of the same acts each year. Country superstar and former Austinite Kacey Musgraves, for example, played both Coachella and ACL Fest in 2019, as did breakout sensation Lizzo, who drew ACL’s largest crowd ever.

The American-Statesman has reached out to ACL Fest for comment on whether the postponement of Coachella will affect this year’s event in Austin. This is a developing story.