April 15, 2013 |
Imagine the scene: It's late Saturday night at Coachella and you're tired. The sound of Phoenix echoes in the distance as you walk away from the Empire Polo Club in Indio, because to save time and avoid the parking quagmire, you had a friend drop you off. It can happen, because it happened to me. I needed a cab, but my phone was dead. Surely, however, with a festival this size there must be a wealth of taxis waiting for those who might have overindulged on more than just music after a full day in the desert?
April 15, 2013 |
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.
April 17, 2011 |
Those who think the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has lost some of its luster in its 12th year, whether because of sell-out crowds, ticket prices or increased competition in the festival market, have not met college-age Yorba Linda residents Michael Burke and Riley Dahlson. The two are skilled in the art of trespassing, and after two years of sneaking into the Indio grounds, Coachella — which concludes Sunday night — persuaded them to go legit. "We owed it to them," said Dahlson, a music fan who shelled out for a ticket that topped $300 after service fees.
March 27, 2014 |
After the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival expanded to two weekends a couple of years ago, many bands capitalized on the gap days by playing extra shows around L.A. and Indio, Calif. Now, EDM promoters LED are getting some of the fest's marquee dance artists in on the act too. The San Diego promotion firm (now partners with Goldenvoice) has booked Coachella dance headliners including Skrillex, Martin Garrix and Disclosure for daytime dates at the Hard Rock Hotel in Palm Springs.
July 18, 2012 |
The Coachella music fest without the food trucks, portable potties and camping? A mini version of the annual multi-day concert will feature British pop band Pulp, Sleigh Bells, Girl Talk and others aboard two Caribbean cruises in December. Cruises seem way too upscale for what's officially known as the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which was born in the 1980s in Indio, Calif., as a gritty punk rock fest. Still, fans are faithful to the brand, and they may pony up to hear 20 bands during four-day cruises aboard the SS Coachella, a.k.a.
July 17, 2012 |
Pulp, Hot Chip, Yeasayer, Girl Talk and Sleigh Bells are among the acts slated to play the first-ever Coachella-branded cruise. Officially dubbed the S.S. Coachella, the self-proclaimed music festival at sea will feature 20-plus acts over two December trips, one to the Bahamas and one to Jamaica. Each leg will depart from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The cruise represents the first time promoter Goldenvoice has used the Coachella name for a concert event outside its yearly festival in the desert city of Indio.
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April 18, 2014 |
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.
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.
April 21, 2013 |
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.
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.