Last year’s music festival season was pretty much non-existent due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and many music lovers held onto the hope they’re going to attend their favorite festivals in 2021. The future of this year’s spring and summer festival season now lingers in the air, as several major festivals announced their cancelation.
Most recently, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, scheduled to take place this April has been put on hold, together with the Stagecoach Country Music Festival. This is the third time over the course of 12 months that these festivals have been put on hold, and it’s unclear if there’s a possibility they’ll return later this year.
Coachella isn’t the first world-famous festival to be canceled in the past few weeks. The same goes for Glastonbury Festival, Britain’s largest pop event. This legendary festival marked its 50th-anniversary last year, without a live event due to its cancelation.
Since Glastonbury and Coachella happen to be two of the biggest festivals in Europe and the US, could they set the tone for the rest of the festival season? Some other festivals are still preparing to go ahead because they require much less preparation than these two, but their cancelation sent shock waves through the music community and left us doubting the future of other similar events.