As I write these “reviews”, which are more displays of information than opinion-based, I’ve come to know a lot about the history of the nation’s music festivals. In searching information about Coachella, I came across a lot of background information I had never been introduced to before, and a lot of recent news regarding both the festival and its creators…
Coachella, the shortened name given to the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, was conceived out of the boycott of Ticketmaster and the Southern California venues it previously charged. A performance by Tool and Pearl Jam at the Empire Polo Fields in Indio, CA in 1993 led to the creation of the festival six years later (and three months after Woodstock ’99). The festival has been held annually since its conception, save for its cancellation in its second year, 2000, due to financial issues brought to light during ’99.
Set in the desert of Southern California, Coachella is set up like many and most music festivals in the nation; tents and stages hold performers, audiences and art exhibits. With temperatures reaching over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, anyone, dancing or not, will work up a sweat.
The festival’s line-up has been released with acts such as Jack Johnson, Death Cab for Cutie, the Raconteurs, the Breeders, Fatboy Slim, DeVotchKa, M.I.A., Rilo Kiley, Animal Collective, and Roger Waters (performing Dark Side of the Moon). The line-up is as varied as those inclined to attend. I myself am not outrageously impressed with the full line-up, but there is no doubt that the festival will please.
Location: Indio, CA
Date(s): April 25 – 27, 2008
Tickets: Single-day passes (SOLD OUT) – $90.00, Three-day passes – $269.00
2008 Artist Line-Up: http://www.coachella.com/
(Something I found very cool about the festival… In 2007, organizers started a recycling program where festival attenders could trade five empty water bottles for a full bottle. This followed years of free water, then $2/per bottle water. Nice compromise, I think.)