Pulp, Hot Chip, Yeasayer, Girl Talk and Sleigh Bells are among the acts slated to play the first-ever Coachella-branded cruise. Officially dubbed the S.S. Coachella, the self-proclaimed music festival at sea will feature 20-plus acts over two December trips, one to the Bahamas and one to Jamaica. Each leg will depart from Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
The cruise represents the first time promoter Goldenvoice has used the Coachella name for a concert event outside its yearly festival in the desert city of Indio. The trek, first reported by Pop & Hiss, was teased Monday by the promoter in a vague message posted on Twitter and Facebook, which stated only that an announcement would be forthcoming today at 6 p.m.
Goldenvoice and its parent company, A.E.G. Live, have declined multiple requests for comment. Both are based in Los Angeles.
The cruise expands Goldenvoice's reach beyond the West Coast, although the promoter has worked in conjunction with A.E.G. Live on some of the company's U.S. festivals. Goldenvoice has become a concert industry powerhouse on the strength of its Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, which is considered the start of the summer festival season and a premiere U.S. concert event. The launch of the S.S. Coachella ensures the brand will be generating headlines year-round.