The global pandemic has negatively affected many sectors of the worldwide economy, but among those that are hit the hardest are the food and beverage, retail, and live entertainment industries. For America’s most iconic music festivals, times are hard, and the administration involved in moving or cancelling such large festivals is immensely complicated. This article will outline some of the biggest festivals in the US and what will happen to them now.
Everyone knows the name, and many have been lucky enough to witness some of the most historic acts and performance at the Coachella festival in Indio, California. This is definitely one for the bucket list and is one of the largest musical celebrations in the world. The festival has run for over 20 years annually, and the pandemic will not stop them this year either, as they made clear with their announcement to postpone the festival until October, assuming the pandemic has calmed down by this time. The line-up this year is better than ever, featuring notable performers such as Rage Against The Machine, Frank Ocean, Calvin Harris, Flume, Travis Scott, Lana Del Ray, Thom Yorke, and Disclosure.
Another iconic event is the globally renowned Lollapalooza, held in Chicago’s Grant Park each year. While the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have not yet been released, this year’s festival is expected to be pushed back to later in the year. Currently, the event is set to begin on July 30th and run for four days and based on the attendance of previous years, over 100,000 festival-goers are expected each day. Since the festival organising company, Concord, has announced plans to delay another major festival in the US (South By South West), the same decision is expected for Lollapalooza. No line-up has been announced yet, but expectations are high based on the historic acts of past festivals.