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April 27, 2006 | Geoff Boucher
PROMOTER Paul Tollett looks around the country and sees plenty of competition; his Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival may have been a trailblazer in the modern American concert festival business, but now the music-industry map is cluttered with similar ventures. How to keep the magic in the Coachella brand and experience? "The way, I think, is to make it not hinge always on who's on stage," Tollett said. "You have to get great music and artists, of course, but it needs to be more than that.
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NEWS
April 27, 2006 | Margaret Wappler, Times Staff Writer
THE Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is held on the lush grounds of the Empire Polo Field. In its seventh incarnation, the largest music festival in California has smoothed over many of the problems that plagued it in the past, such as major parking hassles, but don't let that lull you into a false security. Some tips for the optimal experience: The jam With a population around 60,000, modest Indio is taken over each year by scads of Coachellans, most of whom arrive in cars.
NEWS
April 27, 2006 | Geoff Boucher, Times Staff Writer
SAY you're wandering in the desert and your canteen springs a leak. Half your water spills out on the sand. Is your first reaction to be glad -- hey, you did manage to save half of it, after all -- or is it to grumble about what you've lost? In that same way, there are two ways to view the 2006 desert bash that is the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Is it half-full or half-empty?
ENTERTAINMENT
March 1, 2006 | Geoff Boucher
Madonna has done a lot of things in concert -- writhed erotically on a giant bed, appeared with dancers dressed as sex slaves or nuns, performed while strapped into an electric chair, and that's just the tame stuff -- but one thing she has never done is appear at a music festival. That will change, surprisingly, at this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 31, 2006 | Geoff Boucher
Depeche Mode, Tool, Franz Ferdinand, Paul Oakenfold, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Sigur Ros and Common are scheduled to play the seventh edition of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, which will take over the small desert town of Indio on April 29 and 30. Tickets go on sale Saturday. More than 80 acts are on the bill. Among other notables: Matisyahu, TV on the Radio, Danger Mouse, Damien Marley, HARD-Fi, She Wants Revenge, Cat Power and the Like.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 12, 2005 | Geoff Boucher
In early 1999, the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival was just a dream set in the desert -- a dream that was doubted by many in the music industry. Promoter Paul Tollett's task then was to persuade others to share his belief in creating a massive, annual music festival that would be set in oven-baked Indio and geared to satisfy discerning music fans. The first year he lost money; the second year, he almost lost his house.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 8, 2005 | Richard Cromelin; Robert Hilburn; Geoff Boucher
Who's that playing? As a first-time attendee at Coachella, I wasn't prepared for the Cineplex Syndrome -- the sound from one stage intruding on another. I'd assumed that each of the five locations would be sonically isolated, but the music from the two outdoor stages was in frequent competition, and there was always the dance-music mecca, the Sahara tent, lurking like a neighborhood bully who parks his car and cranks up his mega-bass system.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 3, 2005 | Steve Appleford, Special to The Times
"Did everyone see a show today you're going to remember the rest of your lives?" That wasn't an unfair question from indie-rapper Aesop Rock, addressing a Sunday night crowd at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. He wasn't performing on the main stage, but the New Yorker clearly understood it's not headliners alone that make the annual festival in the desert a worthwhile destination for connoisseurs of rock, hip-hop and dance music.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 2, 2005 | Robert Hilburn, Times Staff Writer
Think of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival as the rock 'n' roll equivalent of TiVo. It's a way of seeing your favorite acts and exerting control over the clock.
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