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February 25, 2013 | By August Brown
With Coachella's expansion to two weeks last year, bands performing at the fest had a brick of spare time on their hands. Many chose to spend it playing officially sanctioned side-gigs -- to the benefit of their performance chops and those fans shut out of buying festival tickets. Today, Goldenvoice announced that the run-up to Coachella, the interim week and time right afterward will be busy indeed. Across SoCal, many of the marquee artists will play warmup and wind-down gigs in club- and theater-level venues.
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April 23, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Set times for the 2014 Stagecoach Country Music Festival have been released by promoter Goldenvoice, which means festival-goers can now start figuring out whether to bypass newcomer Easton Corbin on Friday afternoon to catch Lynyrd Skynyrd playing at roughly the same time across the grounds at the Palomino Stage. Or if they'll have to sacrifice “American Pie” singer-songwriter Don McLean as the sun sets on Saturday to take in Pistol Annies member Ashley Monroe's performance at that same part of the day. One of the most impressive stretches of the entire weekend kicks in Sunday afternoon on the Palomino Stage, starting just before 3 p.m. when rising Americana duo Shovels & Rope performs, followed by “Twang Guitar King” Duane Eddy at 3:50 p.m., then veteran rockabilly singer Wanda Jackson at 4:55 p.m., country-rock pioneer (and part-time Monkee)
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January 8, 2014 | By Todd Martens
On Jan. 1, concert promoter Goldenvoice posted a video online of a giant incandescent snail motoring its way around revelers at the 2013 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Since then, Goldenvoice has been hinting at artists performing at its annual desert festival at the calm, leisurely pace of a mollusk, albeit a hype-generating mollusk, averaging about one reveal per day. Last night came the first real surprise, as a video from hard rock outlaws-turned-legends Motörhead was placed on the official Coachella site and all its social media tentacles.
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April 21, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
OutKast will headline the 2014 BET Experience, the three-day music festival scheduled for June in downtown Los Angeles. Black Entertainment Television is expected to make an official announcement Monday that the Atlanta duo will topline the festival's rap-heavy showcase, which includes Rick Ross, ASAP Rocky and DJ Khaled. When BET announced in March the first set of performers for the festival, which will be in its second year, the network teased a “very special hip-hop reunion you won't want to miss.” RELATED: The inside story on OutKast That reunion is OutKast, which recently ended a seven-year hiatus with a headlining slot at the Coachella Valley Music and Art Festival this month.
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April 18, 2013 | By August Brown
The two Friday night headliners at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will switch positions for the second weekend of the festival. The reunited British rock bands Blur and Stone Roses were billed as dual Friday headliners on the festival's posters, with Stone Roses closing out the festival's opening night last week. For the second weekend, however, the Stone Roses will play Friday at 9:55 p.m., followed by Blur at 11:35. FULL COVERAGE: Coachella 2013 Paul Tollett, president of Coachella promoter Goldenvoice, said the switch was planned from the beginning.
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December 10, 2012 | By Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times
More pop music will be coming to the Shrine Auditorium. Goldenvoice, the concert promotion firm behind the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, will immediately assume control of all booking and operational aspects of the venue south of downtown L.A. and its adjacent Expo Hall, with plans underway for a multimillion-dollar renovation to take place throughout 2013. The Shrine Auditorium will continue to be owned by Al Malaikah Auditorium Co., an offshoot of the national fraternal organization most commonly known as the Shriners.
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March 27, 2012 | By Todd Martens and Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times
Local politicos and music mavens on Monday applauded Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival promoter Goldenvoice's decision to purchase 280 acres of land surrounding the stages for its annual concert event in Indio, Calif. The purchase of the Eldorado Polo Club and three surrounding ranches will enable the Los Angeles-based, AEG-owned concert promoter to increase its Coachella presence and perhaps add jazz, blues and Latin concerts to its schedule. "With them purchasing this, the sky is the limit," said Indio Mayor Glenn Miller.
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June 25, 1992 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A good concert promoter tries to get an accurate reading of the numbers before an event. Gary Tovar was widely considered an especially good promoter. He was a key force in fostering the Southern California punk and alternative-rock concert scene since 1981, when he founded the production company Goldenvoice. Now Tovar has a big event scheduled, and he says the numbers don't look good. "I talked to my lawyer this morning and he said it's a five to 10'er," Tovar, 40, said in a recent interview.
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July 17, 2012 | By Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times
Concert promoter Goldenvoice has been expanding its Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival yearly, but few would have guessed that the next move for the Southern California music franchise would stretch its reach from the Colorado Desert to the Atlantic Ocean. This winter the festival, established in Indio in 1999, will take to the seas for the first time via the S.S. Coachella cruise. The maiden voyage sets sail from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Dec. 16, bringing the Coachella brand to the East Coast and Caribbean, and giving its promoter tent-pole events in both the spring and winter.
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August 30, 2012 | By Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times, This post has been updated. See note below for details.
Sean Carlson is glad he doesn't have to sweat the details anymore for his FYF Fest, which will turn 9 when it opens Saturday afternoon at a downtown state park. After some difficult years, filled with logistical disasters, Carlson is once again leaving the heavy lifting to Goldenvoice, the L.A.-based promoter responsible for the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. This year's event, featuring adventurous rock and electronic acts such as Refused, M83, Purity Ring and Warpaint, marks the second time the fest has been a partnership between FYF and Goldenvoice.
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April 20, 2014 | By Todd Martens
Much has been made of the new additions to this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival -- a four-course meal, a make-up studio and high-end food, among them. Little, however, has been made of what's missing. Small Arizona indie retail chain Zia Records has been a Coachella mainstay since the late 2000s, bringing a full-on pop-up shop, complete with artist meet-and-greets, to Empire Polo Club. But no more, as Zia in 2014 couldn't make the trek, said GM Brian Faber. In its place is a vinyl-and-cassette shop run by promoter Goldenvoice.  Faber said the company wanted to be at Coachella, a large undertaking that had sometimes been a break-even affair for the store.
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April 18, 2014 | By Chris Lee
The bloom was off the rose. The genie, out of the bottle. The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival's big reveals - its giant roving spaceman art piece and special guests Slash, Justin Bieber and Beyonce - had long since emerged from the wings and into cultural memory. In its second back-to-back weekend, the festival was no longer the new new thing it had been in the breathless months leading up to the grand unveiling of Coachella's 2014 lineup. It was no longer the new new thing compelling fan wonderment at how OutKast's reunion might pan out ( comme si, comme ca, if we're being generous)
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April 18, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
The death of a 24-year-old woman who died of an apparent overdose at the Coachella festival was an "isolated incident," event promoter Goldenvoice said in a statement Friday. The woman, identified as Kimchi Truong of Oakland, died of an apparent drug or alcohol overdose after attending the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio last weekend, the Riverside County sheriff-coroner said Friday. In a statement, Goldenvoice said it was "saddened" to learn of her death.
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April 18, 2014 | By Chris Lee and Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times
INDIO, Calif. - Dee Dee Penny, lead singer of the Dum Dum Girls, is no stranger to performing at giant summer musical events. At the first of the two-weekend Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival events last Friday, her retro-rock act played before thousands of ecstatic fans. She was just one of an eclectic roster of female artists who galvanized Coachella audiences. Teenage provocateur Lorde dazzled amid a howling dust storm in her summer music festival debut. R&B diva Solange got a surprise assist from her superstar sister, Beyoncé Knowles.
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April 16, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
If you're on your way to or from the sun-baked Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival this weekend and get the urge to become a hotel owner, you may be in luck -- as long as you have at least $10,000 to spend.  Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs is seeking at least $1.5 million in online crowdfunding from individuals to bring new acts to the hotel, make improvements to its Rock Spa and maybe add a nightclub. Perks for investors will include free use of the hotel-owner poolside cabana, 25% discounts on room rates and free room upgrades.
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April 8, 2014 | By August Brown
If you've ever watched a smaller tent show at Coachella and been bugged by the bass emanating from the DoLaB tent, this year's fest should offer some relief. Goldenvoice released the official maps of this year's festival layout ( via Buzzbands.la ), and it clearly shows that they're creating a corner of the grounds specifically for thumping electronic music. The Burning Man-ish DoLab has long been a haven for bass-music fans to vibe out amidst burlesque acrobatics, water cannons and a general self-contained atmosphere.
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April 10, 2013 | By Todd Martens and Chris Lee, Los Angeles Times
On the official website for the low desert city of Indio, the letter "I" is a cherry-red electric guitar propped up with a stack of amplifiers - a nod to the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which has edged out the date shake as the town's most famous homegrown product. With Coachella's 13th installment set to kick off Friday, Indio's civic leaders are attempting to rebrand the once-sleepy exurb as "The City of Festivals," an internationally known tourist destination. Last week, after more than a year of debate, the City Council voted 4-0 to allow Goldenvoice, the concert promoter behind Coachella and its country-music offshoot, Stagecoach, to expand its offerings from three to five weekends a year through 2030.
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April 13, 2012 | Randy Lewis and Todd Martens
Inside his mini-mart in the desert town of Indio, store manager John Stafford is busy stockpiling caffeinated drinks. Monster and Red Bulls mostly. He knows from experience that he'll need plenty this weekend. Tens of thousands of visitors will descend upon the desert region beginning Friday for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. "Cigarettes and energy drinks," Stafford said. "They need to stay awake out there. " Fans and bands may need an extra stamina boost this year.
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April 8, 2014 | By Todd Martens
All right, Coachella goers, it's time to plan your weekend. Are you watching dance-pop artist Ellie Goulding or the return of the Afghan Whigs the first day of the fest? On the second day, are you heading to Foster the People, or is that the time you had earmarked for a visit to t he Sephora Collection Beauty Studio? Promoter Goldenvoice on Tuesday released the full set times for the first weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which begins Friday in Indio, Calif.
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April 1, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Future and the Roots are the latest additions to the 2014 BET Experience. The sing-songy Atlanta rapper and the Philly hip-hop band will headline late-night concerts during the three-day festival slated for June, the Black Entertainment Television network announced Tuesday. Like last year's inaugural BET Experience, the late-night shows will be anchored at Club Nokia in Los Angeles and preceded by comedy shows.  PHOTOS: 10 great rap lyrics of 2013 The Club Nokia gigs will be late enough in the evening so that festivalgoers who see headliner acts across the street at Staples Center can still catch the shows (the Club Nokia concerts are scheduled for 11 p.m.)
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