Coachella All you need to know

Imagine standing in Scorching 90 degree weather, your lungs filled with dust, and music blaring from thousands of feet away.

Thousands of music lovers make their way deep into the Californian desert for two weekends of non-stop partying every year. Coachella’s official name is ‘The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival’ as it comprises of some of the world’s most famous artists and bands, as well as some amazing art installations.

According to an article by Billboard:

“Coachella looms over all others as the biggest, flashiest, most ground-breaking and most influential live music events in North America…Coachella remains the leader”

The festival, which is attended by half a million people every year, is held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. Coachella first started back in 1993, when Pearl Jam entered a bitter dispute with Ticketmaster over their service fees. As part of their feud, Pearl Jam looked for alternative venues for their Vs tour. Pearl Jam finally settled on the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio and were amazed to see thousands make the trip into the desert for their one-night performance.

The high attendance confirmed the polo ground was a viable venue for concerts. The first Coachella festival was held as a two-day event in October 1999 and after skipping a year in 2000, has been held at the same venue for the past 15 years. Its reputation for being one of the biggest and best festivals went global.

Eventually organizers were forced to expand the dates, and led to an extra weekend being added in 2012. While anyone lucky enough to attend will have their own reasons for loving the festival, its location probably goes a long way towards explaining why so many people flock to the middle of nowhere to listen to music.

Last year’s headliners included LCD Soundsystem, Guns N’ Roses, and Calvin Harris. However well known artists such as Ellie Goulding, DJ mustard, ice cube, Sia, Zedd, asap rocky, the chainsmokers, Halsey, of monsters and men, g eazy, and the 1975 also played a set. Even artists who were not scheduled to perform this year made an appearance like Kanye west, big Sean and Rihanna. That’s the thing about this festival though, it’s so popular that artists just wanna get out there and perform atleast one song, hundreds of them attend the festival alone.

Next years lineup hasn’t even been announced, but advanced sale for tickets has already sold out. However, the dates have already been released. Weekend 1 is on April 14, 15, and 16th. While Weekend 2 will be on April 21st, 22nd, and 23rd. So keep an eye on their official website or Instagram page for the lineup and when general tickets will go on sale, which will be soon!

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