About Coachella Music

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (commonly referred to as Coachella or the Coachella Festival) is an annual music and arts festival held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, located in the Inland Empire's Coachella Valley, in the Colorado Desert. The event features musical artists from many genres of music, including rock, indie, hip hop, and electronic dance music, as well as art installations and sculptures. Across the grounds, several stages continuously host live music. The main stages are the: Coachella Stage, Outdoor Theatre, Gobi Tent, Mojave Tent, and Sahara Tent; a smaller Oasis Dome was used in 2006 and 2011, while a new Yuma stage was introduced in 2013 and a Sonora stage in 2017.

1999

On October 1999, the inaugural Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival was held. Headlining the event were Beck, the Chemical Brothers, Tool, Morrissey, and Rage Against the Machine; other acts included Jurassic 5 and Underworld.

2002

In 2002, the event returned to a two-day format, featuring the reunited Siouxsie and the Banshees.

2003

The 2003 festival featured Red Hot Chili Peppers and Beastie Boys, as well as the reunited Iggy Pop and The Stooges, and drew the largest crowd yet.

2004

The 2004 event featured the reunited Pixies, as well as Radiohead, Kraftwerk, The Cure, Belle and Sebastian, and The Flaming Lips.

2006

The 2006 event featured headliners Depeche Mode and Tool. Two of the most popular performances were Madonna, who played in an overflowing dance tent, and Daft Punk, whose show featuring a pyramid-shaped stage is cited as one of the most memorable performances in Coachella history.

2007

In 2007, Goldenvoice inaugurated the Stagecoach Festival, an annual country music festival that also takes place at the Empire Polo Club the weekend following Coachella.

2008

In 2008, Coachella did not sell out for the first time since 2003. It featured headliners Prince, Roger Waters, and Jack Johnson, along with notable appearances from Portishead, the reunited The Verve, M.I.A., Kraftwerk, Aphex Twin, the reunited Love and Rockets, and the reunited Swervedriver.

2009

The 2009 festival occurred a week earlier than usual. The new dates were April 17, 18 and 19. The event featured headliners Paul McCartney, The Killers, and The Cure.

2010

Organizers did away with single-day ticket sales in 2010, offering instead only three-day tickets,drawing mixed reviews.

2011

Prior to the 2011 festival, Goldenvoice made several investments and improvements locally to help support Coachella. In addition to funding an additional lane for Avenue 50, which borders the festival, the promoter cleared additional space on the polo grounds by levelling a 250,000-square-foot area and moving horse stables.

2012

The 2012 festival featured headliners the Black Keys, Radiohead, and a twin billing of Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg.

2013

Prior to the 2013 festival, it was announced that Goldenvoice had reached a deal with the city of Indio to keep the Coachella and Stagecoach Festivals there through 2030.

2014

The 2014 festival, held on April 11–13 and April 18–20, featured 184 artists.A reunited headline on Friday, Muse headlined the Saturday shows, and Arcade Fire closed out Sunday nights.

2015

The 2015 festival, held on April 10–12 and 17–19,featured headliners AC/DC, Jack White, and Drake, with a surprise appearance by Madonna during the latter's weekend one performance.

2016

In March 2016, the Indio City Council passed a measure allowing up to 62,000 additional people to attend future Coachella’s. As part of the vote, the attendance cap for Coachella was raised from 99,000 to 126,000.

2017

The 2017 edition of Coachella held on April 14–16 and April 21–23, and it was featured by Radiohead, Lady Gaga and Kendrick Lamar as headlining artists. The sounds from the speakers and scents of the food mingle in the desert air. Enormous works of art stand tall next to palm trees that sway before the majestic mountains. Blades of grass form a carpet of green where groups of friends meld together to forge memories that last forever.

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