Black Coffee and the rest of the Coachella line-up have had to postpone their performances due to the worldwide outbreak of the coronavirus
The music festival – which takes place annually in the Colorado Desert during the month of April – announced plans to move the popular event until October as a precaution.
The South African DJ was due to spin the decks for the third time at the music festival, but will have to put those plans on ice.
Meanwhile Cape Town band GoodLuck – who was also due to perform at Coachella – took to Instagram to bemoan the change of plans.
“My band has also had 3 gigs cancelled (2 in Vietnam and 1 in South Africa) due to COVID-19… As musicians rely on live gigs and festivals as our main source of income and the way things are going looks extremely worrying for what our future could be like, and we are just one of the many many industries that will be affected,” part of the post read.
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Again, I’m taking a bit of a risk here as this is a sensitive subject but I really have to speak my mind. Like most people I have been following the news over the last few days and have also been watching the global fear spreading around the Coronavirus. It wasn’t until till this morning that I realised what it truly meant for me as a musician… I just found out that SXSW festival, Ultra Miami and Tomorrowland Winter have all been cancelled and they are talking about canceling Coachella. My band has also had 3 gigs cancelled (2 in Vietnam and 1 in South Africa) due to COVID-19. I imagine the organizers are concerned about people not wanting to be in a public social spaces with others and to a certain extent I understand, however I also think that it’s SO important for the media to not inflate this disease to be more than it is. To present the facts around how life threatening the virus ACTUALLY is, especially to those under the age of 50. It’s around 0.3%, which is in fact far less than the regular flu. I am not trying to disrespect those who have sadly succumbed to this virus in any way but it is also important not to hype this into a place of extreme fear and panic. As musicians rely on live gigs and festivals as our main source of income and the way things are going looks extremely worrying for what our future could be like, and we are just one of the many many industries that will be affected. Imagine… If no one will gather publicly anymore to celebrate fun and freedom, what hope do entertainers actually have? So all I’m asking is that before you cancel your flights, or sell your festival tickets just make sure you understand what the risks actually are… Maybe weigh that up and if you are still terrified and wanting to stay home. Please stream the crap out of our music! Big hugs ❤️ . . . #coronavirus #covid19 #dontpanic #coachella #sxsw #tomorrowland #tomorrowlandwinter #thoughts #music @coachella
Meanwhile Black Coffee – who celebrated his 44th birthday on Wednesday in Indonesia – has sparked concerns for his safety amid the country’s first death from the virus
Fans have taken to social media to voice their fears that the DJ may come into contact with the disease, after a tourist died at a holiday resort on the island this week.
— Thibos (@ThibosAfrika) March 11, 2020
Let’s pray that he stays safe!