As summer approaches, the air begins to hum with talks of music festivals. Between Rock the Bells in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, and New York; Outside Lands in San Francisco; Bonnaroo in Tennessee, and more, music lovers across the country are saving their money to prepare for these massive festivals.
In the middle of all of this, those who bring us the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival over a full weekend every April just announced that for the first time ever the festival will now be held over two weekends, with the same artists and art on display both weekends. Their intention with this is to accommodate everyone who wants to attend the festival, as last year’s tickets sold out incredibly quickly. By having two weekends’ worth of festival, they hope to reduce scamming and make it so more people can enjoy the music and art.
Another change that this brings is instead of tickets going on sale months from now, the passes are going on sale June 3rd at 10 AM until Friday, June 10th at 10 PM. At $269 plus fees, this is no small amount of money. This very early sale could mean that if someone attended Coachella just a couple months ago, they are now paying for the same concert with only a few months in between.
We at KZSC want to know what you think about Coachella’s changes. Do you think trying to produce an identical festival two weekends in a row is a good idea, or just a way to gain more money? Do you think their ideas will spread to other music festivals around the country? Add your comments to the conversation below.