Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio (California) every year.

The Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival was found by Paul Tollett and Rick Van Santen in 1999.

In this first year of the festival, they reportedly lost $800,000 and artists such as Tool, Beck, and Morrissey performed.

The Coachella artists perform several genres of music, such as rock, pop, indie, hip hop, and electronic dance music.

 

It all started in 1993 when the band Pearl Jam got in a fight with Ticketmaster:

Because of this, Pearl Jam Started to look into alternative venues for their Vs tour that didn’t include Ticketmaster

The band ended up using the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio which is where the festival is still held today.
Once Pearl Jam proved the venue could work, the inaugural Coachella Festival was held in October 1999 over two days.
As the festival became bigger and bigger, the celebration of Coachella was expanded to a number of two weekends in 2012.

Even though Coachella wasn’t very popular at the beginning, in 2012 it gained over 47 million dollars. Also in 2011 the Coachella tickets sold out in only six days, and had a crowd record of 225,000 concert goers.

 

During the years, the festival got so big that the organizers divided it in two weeks, generally in April.

This year’s Coachella starts on the 12th April and ends on the 21st.The prices of the tickets are different.

They depend on the place of your seat: for example the standard ticket costs 430$ and the vip ticket, which is under the stage, can reach the amount of 9.000$.
If you want to buy the tickets now, unfortunately, you can’t: they went sold out some months ago, on January 5th, in a few hours.

In case of bad luck you can watch the party on a YouTube channel: the official Coachella where they will air a livestream.

 

Coachella hosts not only very popular artists, but also many new artists and reunited groups.

This year the main artists that take part in the festival are: Ariana Grande, Bad Bunny,

Janelle Monáe, Billie Eilish, Wiz Khalifa, the 1975, Anderson, J Balvin and other bands.

 

 

Because of the 1999 Woodstock disaster, fans weren’t allowed to camp out.
In 2003, Coachella organizers decided to
let their attendants put up tents: today lots people, who want to attend the festival, camp on the grounds.

There are also many public  services for them, such as barber shop and beauty bar. They wait for the gates to open at 11.00 a.m.

FUN FACT:

A fun fact about the show is the flying pig: at Coachella in 2008, Roger Waters had a giant  inflatable pig that floated over the crowd during his set.

The pig was huge and ended up flying up into the sky. It was discovered that the pig had landed between two homes in La Quinta.