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February 16, 2003 | Steve Hochman, Special to The Times
When the first Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival was being put together in 1999, the No. 1 name on the wish list for headlining acts was the Beastie Boys. It's only taken four years, but the Beasties will be on board for one night of Coachella's fourth edition, set for April 26 and 27 at the Empire Polo Field in Indio. The trio will be taking a break from recording a new album, due in the fall, to perform at this event as well as a Tibetan freedom concert benefit in Tokyo a few days before.
April 19, 2010 | By Chris Lee and Geoff Boucher, Los Angeles Times
The Empire Polo Fields are 90 acres of pristine green in a land of craggy brown and represent a field of dreams for music fans as the home of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. But a few years ago, the festival, which brings international travelers together in this small, low-desert city, came close to being buried by bulldozers. At the height of the real estate boom, owner Alexander Haagen III was tempted to chop up the polo grounds and covert them to residential uses at a big windfall.
April 11, 2014 | By Todd Martens and Mikael Wood
When the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival launched 15 years ago, creature comforts included any small slice of shade cast by the odd light pole, the occasional working toilet and maybe somewhere to sit other than the dusty desert floor. Today, there are $799 VIP passes that give you cocktail bar privileges, even though you'd have to pay extra for privileged parking. Well-heeled foodies can splurge on a $1,024 gourmet dining package. Shell out more, and you can skip the traffic - round-trip transportation is available via private jet. These pricey add-ons are emblematic of larger shifts for the event, which runs the next two weekends on the manicured grounds of Indio's Empire Polo Club.
April 15, 2012 | By Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times
INDIO, CALIF. — Cool temperatures, drizzle and wind didn't dampen the spirits of campers like Jonathan Tesfaye on Friday night at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. The 24-year-old Texan still looked forward to playing impromptu volleyball games on the festival's campgrounds in the middle of the night and watching some of his favorite bands throughout the weekend. "I'm not stoked it's raining," Tesfaye said, "but this is about the whole experience. " Coachella, which kicked off Friday at Indio's Empire Polo Club, long ago graduated from music event to vacation destination.
April 11, 2012
When: Friday and April 20. Where: Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Indio Info :
April 20, 2012 | By Scott Gold, Los Angeles Times
INDIO, Calif. - Deep in California's low desert, the sun would soon be up, not that anyone was keeping track anymore. After two exhilarating days of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, most in the crowd of 85,000 had had enough. But for a small group of revelers, the party went on. Fueled by a stew of youth, passion and substances unknown, they wore feathered headdresses and Zorro masks as a DJ spun bass spasms so powerful they could cure sciatica. The kids gyrated and leaped in unison - all in silence.
January 11, 2012
A list of upcoming concerts across the Southland, with on-sale dates in parentheses. Empire Polo Grounds Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival with the Black Keys, Radiohead and Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, April 13-15 and 20-22 (Fri.) Gibson Amphitheatre Foster the People, July 1 (Thurs.) Hollywood Palladium Snow Patrol, May 8 (Fri.) The Music Box The Joy Formidable, March 14 (Thurs.); Lucero, March 21; Delta Spirit, May 11 (Fri.) Nokia Theatre Martina McBride, Feb. 14; Lenny Kravitz, Feb. 16; KTWV The Wave's 25th Anniversary show with Toni Braxton, Feb. 19 (Fri.)
April 14, 2010 | By Ann Powers, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
It was a cold night in March, but the TD Garden in Boston was full, and the crowd had put Matthew Bellamy of Muse down onto his knees. Or maybe it wasn't his fans causing the singer, guitarist and primary creative force behind Muse to move as if overcome by emotion. It was the music, a metallic groundswell with frothy classical overtones and the heavy pull of a groove. He careened around a high-tech stage set that put him and each of his band mates, the punchy drummer Dominic Howard and chill bassist Chris Wolstenholme, atop a mini-skyscraper, meant to evoke the menacing buildings in George Orwell's "1984."
April 11, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin
INDIO, Calif. - In the sprawl of desert scrub brush and freeway ramps that is this industrial part of Indio, the sun burns brightly in a barren office park. Light and shadows flash off the scorched asphalt, and the landscape is a spare palette of dusty brown, faded green and gray. Inside one tucked-away structure, however, artist Phillip K. Smith III is preparing to paint the sky red. Or pink. Or green, depending. FULL COVERAGE: Coachella 2014 "Welcome to the different sides of my brain," Smith says, leading the way through his studio, which looks like an airplane hangar and is filled with elements of a light installation premiering at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
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