Talk begins over which acts to see and how they will be
The Coachella 2013 lineup was announced yesterday, offering up names like Blur, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Lou Reed, Phoenix, the Stone Roses, the Postal Service, Bassnectar, the Descendents, the Violent Femmes, New Order, Social Distortion and Franz Ferdinand.
Coachella expanded to two weekends last year, and the majority of available tickets sold last May, long before the lineup was even announced. In May, tickets for the first weekend and a shuttle pass sold for $399. Tickets for the second weekend will start at $349. The last three years, tickets for the festival have sold out.
Last year, the festival collected over $47 million, according to Billboard Boxscore, which makes Coachella the highest earning festival ever. Over 150,000 passes were sold for the festival last year.
Since its origination in 1999, Coachella has been held at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, California. As a destination festival, many people travel across the country to attend.
Before the lineup was announced, it was rumored that the Rolling Stones would play Coachella. A screenshot of the Rolling Stones smartphone app supposedly included Indio on the band’s tour dates. The Coachella Facebook page also supposedly posted a stone on the festival grounds. However, the Rolling Stones confirmed that they would not be ready in time to play the festival.
There was also buzz surrounding rumors of Daft Punk playing the festival, but the group confirmed that they would not be playing any shows this year.
Last year, the festival featured a hologram of Tupac Shakur performing for the masses. The Coachella 2013 lineup is already appearing to wow the crowds, with much buzz particularly around the comeback of the Postal Service, 10 years after they released their first album.
Remaining tickets go on sale Tuesday.