With Coachella fast approaching, procrastinating music fans must accept the fact that it was already sold out a few weeks ago. Both weekends will again draw crowds of enthusiastic festival and music lovers, mostly hardcore fans not afraid of 100 degree temperatures.
The festival isn’t cheap considering the parking passes alone cost you as much as $ 85.00 and the tickets range from $ 375.00 for general admission to $ 435.00 with a shuttle pass, allowing you the flexibility to ride from any shuttle stop to and from the festival. VIP admission is an astounding $ 799.00 and parking $ 150.00. However, pricing didn’t seem to be an issue. Even the Lake Eldorados Tee Pee Tents with VIP passes, costly at a price ranging from $ 2,200 to $ 4,700, sold out quickly; a testament that music fans certainly don’t skimp when it comes to their favorite bands and a weekend of noise, heat, and party fun.
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival started in October 1999, with bands like “Rage Against the Machine”, “Beck” and “Morrissey”. About 10,000 people attended the two-day inaugural event. This first festival proved to be a disaster for organizers and they cancelled the event for the year 2000. However, in 2001 organizers decided to try again. This time they decided to keep the festivities to a single day and moved it to April for more favorable temperatures. The festival has been growing larger and larger every year since then.
Today, this huge event constitutes a big cultural part of the Coachella Valley bringing in much needed revenue into the area. Especially the vacation rental industry and restaurants profit from the many visitors coming from near and far.
This year’s artists include the legendary Bryan Ferry, Lorde, Outkast, and the ever popular Pharrell Williams, overall an astonishing 166 bands. With this wide range of talent, fans can be sure to get their fill of eclectic music and happiness until next year’s festivities.