INDIO (CBSLA) — Coachella is coming back.
The music and arts festival announced its 2022 dates, after having to remain dark for 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Registration for tickets start this Friday.
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Coachella spans two weekends, and in 2022, those weekends will be April 15-17 and April 22-24. Dates for the Stagecoach Music Festival, which generally follows Coachella, have not yet been announced.
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When the pandemic struck, Coachella tried to postpone into October in the hopes that COVID cases would abate in the fall. A summer surge scrapped that plan, so Coachella again tried to schedule 2021 dates. But that was scuttled by a major winter surge in infections, hospitalizations and deaths throughout the country, hitting California especially hard.
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But cases are at an all-time pandemic low with more than half of Californians have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine. With amusement parks, baseball stadiums, bars and gyms opening up, a large music festival such as Coachella can likely happen in 2022. To register or buy tickets, visit coachella.com.