COACHELLA 2020 is going to be pushed back to October, with vendors now being told to reschedule, an inside source has confirmed.

The event, held every year in California, was set to kick off on April 10, but has been delayed amid fears over the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

Questions had been raised about the festival in recent days after health officials in Riverside County confirmed the first case of the virus on Sunday.

The Riverside County Department of Public Health confirmed a further three cases in the Coachella Valley on Monday.

Reports had suggested that the festival's promoter, Goldenvoice, had entered talks about whether it should go ahead.

They were thought to be contacting artists to try to move the festival to the weekends of October 9-11 and 19-21 while preserving the line-up, TMZ reported.

Postponing the event instead of calling it off altogher could help organisers shield themselves from having to trigger cancellation insurance that may not cover communicable diseases, Variety reported.

Concerns had been raised locally about the likely impact on the local economy of cancelling such a significant event.

The news also comes just days after the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament, which had been set to be held near the site of the festival, was also cancelled.

This year's line-up had included headline performances from Rage Against the Machine, Travis Scott, and Frank Ocean as well as appearanes by Calvin Harris, Tyler, the Creater, and Bishop Briggs.

It was scheduled to take place over April 10-12 and 17-19, the dates still listed on the festival's official website.

More than 760 people have been diagnosed with coronavirus in the United States and 27 have died since the first case was confirmed in late January.

The virus has infected at least 116,000 people globally and killed more than 4,000 since it first broke out in the city of Wuhan in eastern China in mid-December.

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