Eminem at Coachella in 2018
Concertgoers use their mobile phones during Eminem’s performance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in 2018. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will return to Indio next year on the weekends of April 15-17 and April 22-24, organizers announced Tuesday.

The 20-year-old music festival, one of the largest in the world, was canceled in 2020 and again for 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

In announcing new dates, event promoter Goldenvoice also announced Coachella’s three-day country music sister festival Stagecoach was rescheduled for April 29-May 1 of next year.

Lineup information was not released for either music festival.

Coachella, which brings upward of 250,000 fans over two weekends to the Empire Polo Club in Indio, was originally scheduled for last April, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The festival was rescheduled for two weekends last October, before being pushed back again to the weekends of April 9-11 and April 16-18 of this year. Then-Riverside County Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser subsequently signed an order in January nixing the April dates, citing pandemic concerns.

Variety reported organizers then pegged an October 2021 return date for Coachella, although the event promoter never officially confirmed that new date.

The Coachella Valley’s economy lost upward of $700 million due to the absence of both festivals, according to a previous report issued by the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership.

All ticket purchases for the previous dates will be honored whenever the festivals are held, organizers said previously.

Rage Against the Machine, Travis Scott and Frank Ocean had been set to headline Coachella, while Lil Nas X, Carrie Underwood, Alan Jackson and ZZ Top were scheduled to headline Stagecoach.

Advance tickets for the Coachella festival can be purchased online beginning Friday.

Dates for advanced tickets have not yet been announced for Stagecoach.

City News Service and Reuters contributed to this article.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.