June 15, 2011
Marked by a lack of water, interminable lines and an overall dearth of organization, 2010's FYF Fest wasn't the Labor Day celebration of underground music that promoter Sean Carlson had hoped for. Yet Carlson promises a more grown-up fest for 2011, having turned to local promotion powerhouse Goldenvoice to anchor Sept. 3's FYF Fest, to be headlined by punk vets the Descendants, alt-rock forebears Guided by Voices and gloomy instrumentalists Explosions in the Sky. "We wanted their expertise," Carlson said Tuesday of Goldenvoice, the AEG-owned promoter behind the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival.
April 13, 2012 |
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.
April 20, 2014 |
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.
June 25, 1992 |
A good concert promoter tries to get an accurate reading of the numbers before an event. Gary Tovar is widely credited with having been an especially good promoter: Observers in the music business say 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 coming, and he says the numbers don't look good.
December 18, 2012 |
Give Goldenvoice honcho Paul Tollett credit -- he knows how fans feel at the end of his festivals. "You need a full weekend. By day three, you're tired, you're hungry, and you're cursing Coachella. But then the sun sets and you're like 'Oh, that's what this is all about.'" That's about how the passengers on the S.S. Coachella are feeling on their second night. Tollett made those comments at an afternoon panel discussion with several upper-brass staffers at Goldenvoice and KCRW's Jason Bentley, and he's right about how festivals have a rhythm of pleasure and pain that needs to be seen to the end. That's why Coachella has become an all-in three-day package, and why the S.S. Coachella is proving more and more a logical extension of that idea.
January 22, 2013 |
This is what Pop & Hiss knows about the 2013 lineup for the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival: We are told it is not being announced today, and it was not leaked this morning by this newspaper. And now, no doubt, we have lost a big chunk of our readers for the day. Speculation as to who is and isn't playing Coachella always runs high this time of year -- fake Coachella posters are something of a festival pastime, after all -- and this morning, a Coachella message board user who goes by the name "Krakenhead" claimed to have uncovered a major gaffe on our part.
October 9, 2012 |
Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum and the Zac Brown Band will anchor the 2013 edition of the country-focused Stagecoach festival, which once again will be held over three late April days at the Empire Polo Grounds in the desert city of Indio. Now in its seventh year, the Goldenvoice-produced festival takes a wide-open view of roots music, booking contemporary Nashville acts alongside legends and newcomers. The event will take place April 26-28, the weekend directly following next year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
January 24, 2013 |
Last year the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival used technological trickery to make it look as if Tupac Shakur had been brought back to life. So what do you do for an encore to one of pop music's biggest magic shows? Coachella organizers have turned to reunited Brit-pop act Blur and one of L.A.'s longest-running rock acts in the Red Hot Chili Peppers to anchor its 2013 festival. Blur will be joined by reunited countrymates the Stone Roses, rock act the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, legend Lou Reed, French pop band Phoenix and Trent Reznor's How to Destroy Angels at the top of the bill for the dual Coachella festivals, set for the weekends of April 12 and April 19 in the desert city of Indio.
January 8, 2014 |
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.
April 8, 2014 |
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.