Coachella. One of the biggest music concerts in the world is officially less then a week away. This multi-day annual music festival is one of the most famous music events, which is held in Indio, California. Artists from several different genres including rock, indie, hip-hop, and electronic music show off their talents. There are several stages located within a desert setting. The weather can rise to over 100 degrees while the night air can be freezing.
The first concert was in 1999, following the sold out concert of Pearl Jam where more than 25,000 fans awaited the famous artist. With performers such as Beck, The Chemical Brothers, Tool, Morrissey, and Rage Against the Machine, the concert became a huge hit however they could not make enough profit, which resulted in no show in 2000. It wasn’t until 2002 and 2003 where big names such as Red Hot Chili Peppers and Beastie Boys brought in the largest music crowd ever. As years continued, the festival was able to bring in more well known bands that drew in more people every year. Soon the concert was extended three days and included headliners such as Arcade Fire, LDC Soundsystem, and Manu Chao. The festival quickly incorporated art and sculptures into their event as they noticed a slight decline in ticket sales. To this day, tickets are scarce. Fans all around the world sit in front of their computer and click the reload button ever two seconds to wait for the tickets to come on sale. Before you are even able to reload your page, the tickets are sold out. The concert has changed over the years including artists such as Bon Iver, Radiohead, The Black Keys, and Laura Marling for their 2012 Lineup.
My friend and I are lucky enough to have the chance to experience this event. After counting down the months, weeks, and days, it has officially arrived. It won’t be long before we pack up our bags and board the plane for Indio, California.