Written by: Mikala Lugen
AEG Amends Vaccine Requirement For Coachella & Stagecoach 2022 Festivals
AEG has scrapped its previously announced vaccine requirement for attendees of Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival and Stagecoach Festival in 2022.
This news follows the live music promoter’s previously announced vaccine requirement back in August for all of its owned and operated clubs, theaters, and festivals starting October 1st. Just yesterday, it was reported that new COVID-19 cases fell nearly 24% in the last eight days in Coachella Valley. Now, as the environment and new data surrounding COVID-19 changes, the flexibility of vaccine protocols are able to as well.
Stagecoach Festival, slated for April 29th-May 1st at Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA, announced the amended decision Tuesday, stating it will now accept a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the event in place of full vaccination.
“After seeing first-hand the low transmission data and successful implementation of safety protocols at our other festivals this past month, we feel confident that we can update our Stagecoach 2022 policy,” the festival posted on social media.
Coachella did not explicitly state its new vaccine policy on its social media pages, but did update its website with the same language. The festival is slated to take place on April 15th-17th and again 22nd-24th at the same location. You can read the statement on the festival’s website.
“The company was aligned on this change,” an AEG Presents spokesperson told Rolling Stone. “Our initial announcement two months ago addressed the fact that we would be looking at the landscape moving forward and adjust as necessary.”
The amended vaccine requirement is a positive stride within the music community as we navigate getting things back to normal and enjoying live music the way it used to be. As the nation’s biggest live music presenter, hopefully we see more promoters and industry professionals using AEG as an example to take a look at new research and data to adjust policies as necessary.
[H/T Rolling Stone]