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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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January 9, 2014 | By August Brown
Last year, the story out of Coachella dance-land was the inauguration of a swank new indoor tent and a shift away from superstars to more underground sensibilities. This year? It's a bit more of, well, everything. Unlike last year, there are a few mega-Vegas-residency stars atop the bill. Calvin Harris and Skrillex need no introduction here, and peers like Alesso, Krewella and a ( much-improving ) Dillon Francis are waiting in the wings. Martin Garrix is this year's Avicii-circa-2012 entry: a dashing and frightfully young (17!
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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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January 8, 2014 | By Todd Martens, This post has been updated and corrected as indicated below.
A reunited OutKast will anchor the 2014 edition of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. The Grammy-winning hip-hop act last released an album in 2006. The rap duo will be joined by indie rockers the Arcade Fire, British act Muse and a reformed Replacements.  Other acts at the top of the bill for the dual Coachella festivals, set for the weekends of April 11-13 and April 18-20 on a polo field in the desert city of Indio, include Queens of the Stone Age, Skrillex, Broken Bells, Haim, Beck, Calvin Harris and Neutral Milk Hotel.  Remaining tickets for the two weekends will go on sale Jan. 10 via the official Coachella site.
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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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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 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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April 3, 2013 | By Todd Martens
Any uncertainty over the long-term home for Goldenvoice's Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival and its country cousin Stagecoach has come to an end. Indio on Wednesday granted approval of Goldenvoice's proposal to stage and expand its festival offerings in the desert city, clearing the way for an agreement that will keep Coachella and Stagecoach in Indio through at least 2030. Goldenvoice, a subsidary of AEG Live, has in turn agreed to increase the amount of per-ticket revenue it shares with the city begining in 2014.
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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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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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December 16, 2013 | By August Brown
Downtown L.A.'s new Ace Hotel is set to open Jan. 6 , and they're preparing to celebrate with a mighty, beautiful noise. The experimental British group Spiritualized will convene a full orchestra, choir and band to re-create its landmark 1997 album "Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space" on Feb. 14 at the new hotel's theater . It will be the first performance in the new space, a concert co-promoted by Goldenvoice and FYF. ...
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April 27, 2013 | By Mikael Wood, Los Angeles Times
INDIO - Just a few hours into the annual three-day country-music jamboree Stagecoach, Nashville veteran Connie Smith introduced what she described as "one of my favorite country-gospel songs. " The small but attentive Friday afternoon crowd listened as she sang "Peace in the Valley," a song popularized in the '50s by Red Foley. She struck a tone of steadfast piety as she declared, "There'll be no sadness, no sorrow, no trouble I see. " The line felt like a bulwark against the gloom that might've settled in at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival after the death Friday morning of the great country singer George Jones.
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April 21, 2013 | By Todd Martens
Goldenvoice recently reached a long-term agreement with the desert city of Indio to stage its Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club through at least 2030. But what, if anything, does that mean for Arizona's Zia Records, the pop-up shop that's been a regular at Coachella since troubles with the Virgin Megastore in the late '00s? GM Brian Faber says talks with Goldenvoice won't pick up until the conclusion of next week's Stagecoach, but he pointed to new lighting fixtures and a new sign out front.
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April 20, 2013 | By Todd Martens
As late Friday night was turning Saturday morning at the Coachella festival, on-again-off-again and currently-on Brit-pop band Blur left festivalgoers with arguably the night's most poignant moment. Hunched over a piano, lead singer Damon Albarn, with his face sometimes so low that his ears seemed in danger of hitting the keys, pounded away at a song's handful of notes. With the same keys struck repeatedly, Blur's “Sing” was less about creating a melody than it was being frozen in time, a slow-moving, heavily atmospheric quest for the meaning of life.
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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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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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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 17, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
This post has been updated. See below for details. One of the best performances Pop & Hiss took in over the first weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival was Blur's smart, wide-ranging set last Friday night on the main stage. And one of the worst? The Stone Roses' rambling jam-a-thon, which came directly after Blur's show yet went down in front of a crowd roughly one-fifth the size. Evidently we're not the only ones who noticed that audience migration, either: For the second installment of the festival, which runs Friday to Sunday at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, the two reunited Britpop acts will swap places, according to official set times posted on the Coachella's website.
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April 15, 2013 | By Randall Roberts and August Brown, Los Angeles Times
There are a lot of people in this world, and it seems as if most of them were at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival last weekend. A logistical puzzle, certainly, and one that requires feedback in order to improve. The festival continues next weekend in Indio, so now's a good time for a mid-festival debriefing. What didn't work? What could be better? What follows are 10 modest proposals for promoter Goldenvoice that could add more sparkle to the festival. Expand the Yuma tent.
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