Coachella No Longer Requires Vaccine at 2022 Festival

In August, officials with Goldenvoice’s parent company AEG Presents announced that starting Oct. 1, fans attending events produced by the company would need to show proof of full vaccination to gain entry to events like Coachella and the country-music-focused Stagecoach festival, which takes place in the same location the weekend after Coachella.

“We have come to the conclusion that, as a market leader, it was up to us to take a real stand on vaccination status,” said AEG Presents CEO Jay Marciano at the time. “Just a few weeks ago, we were optimistic about where our business, and country, were heading. The Delta variant, combined with vaccine hesitancy, is pushing us in the wrong direction again. We realize that some people might look at this as a dramatic step, but it’s the right one. We also are aware that there might be some initial pushback, but I’m confident and hopeful that, at the end of the day, we will be on the right side of history and doing what’s best for artists, fans, and live event workers.”

In explaining the surprise reversal, a spokesperson for Goldenvoice tells Billboard that the company had planned to update the policy if COVID-19 conditions improved.

Jose Arballo, the public health spokesperson in California’s Riverside County, where Coachella takes place, tells Billboard that the county follows state guidelines, which require attendees of large events to either show proof of a vaccine or a negative test result prior to entry. Arballo says event organizers can lawfully require vaccines only for entry if they want to, “as long as the entry requirements weren’t less strict than state guidelines.”

Coachella is currently slated to run April 15–17 and April 22–24, 2022 with headliners Travis Scott and Rage Against the Machine (a third headliner has yet to be announced). The festival was postponed a total of three times due to the pandemic.