April 14, 2011 |
The three-day Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival is not one that would seem in need of a tune-up. After all, the 2011 edition, which opens Friday and will be headlined by the likes of rap star Kanye West and indie-rock heavyweights the Arcade Fire, sold-out in a record six days. But the 2010 edition had its share of fissures. Thousands of gate-crashers cut through the fencing and holders of counterfeit tickets got past overburdened security, swelling the crowd to some 15,000 beyond the permitted capacity and creating what a festival security official called "a borderline riot situation.
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 14, 2013 |
INDIO, Calif. - Under Friday night's crescent moon, a giant iridescent snail slowly made its way among thousands of concert revelers at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, causing bafflement and awe in equal measures. Nearly 30 feet tall and stretching out to some 80 feet in length, the silver-skinned creature was in fact a slow-moving sculpture titled "Helix Poeticus" that was custom-commissioned for the festival by its promoter, Goldenvoice. "I don't know if I want to run away screaming or if I want to hug it," said Silvia Ay, 23, of Los Angeles, contemplating the sculpture's eerily rotating illuminated eyes.
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.
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 20, 2012 |
The S.S. Coachella cruise is the exact opposite of what the landlocked Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival is for most fans. Imagine what that weekend in Indio would be like without the parking hassles and dehydration, but instead with breakfast in bed and an entire ecosystem devoted to keeping you drunk at all times. You get some staple bands of recent landlocked Coachellas - Brit pop veterans Pulp, disco kings Hot Chip and Electro-rockers Yeasayer - and then you drink with them, play cards with them and never once worry about driving home.
April 20, 2013 |
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.
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.
April 18, 2014 |
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.
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.