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Coachella 2014: Celebrities paid to attend event

Coachella 2014: Celebrities paid to attend event
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It’s that time again; Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will be bringing the excitement this year to the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. For those who don’t know what this mega event is, prepare for quick history lesson. The festival is an annual two-weekend, three-day fun-filled event of music and art. The event was founded by Paul Tollett in 1999 and organized by Goldenvoice, a subsidiary of AEG Live.

Monday, reports that even though this is considered a very popular event, celebrities are reportedly being paid to attend. “Glee” star Lea Michele will be earning $20,000 from Lacoste just to wear their clothes while she will be rocking out with the headliners. McDonalds will be paying actress Vanessa Hudgens $15,000 just to attend the festival. Paris Hilton, Elijah Wood, Jessica Alba and other big name stars have been spotted in the past years.

While some celebrities received deals to attend the festival, other stars are still trying to find companies (and products) to promote. It was reported that actor Aaron Paul of “Breaking Bad” is seeking $15,000 and two VIP passes. Tony Hicks also reports that Joe Jonas is seeking similar deals under $20,000, and British fashion blogger Louise Roe wants $5,000 and three tickets. Are the sponsors okay with Kate Bosworth’s $30,000 demand? Guess we’ll find out. Journalist Chris Deville shares his thoughts about Aaron Paul who may not get what he demanded and could end up like everyone else, buying a ticket to the event.

So who will be attending this mega weekend festivities? The reunited rap duo OutKast, will be headlining at the event. also reports that the Replacements, Beck, Disclosure, Skrillex, Chromeo, (to name a few) will also be attending. Coachella will also offer opportunities for local venues to pull in some of the mid-level acts that include hip-hop blues singer ZZ Ward and British musician Kate Nash and New York’s post-punk band Bear Hands reported by

Guitarist Ted Feldman of Bear Hands shares his thoughts on what they’ll be doing during the event. "Every day we're not playing, we're sitting around wasting money," says Feldman jokingly The band “Bear Hands” will be performing this Saturday at Coachella. The sold out event runs for two weekends, April 11-13 and April 18-20.