The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Annual Festival – happening over two upcoming weekends, April 11th to 13th and April 18th to 20th – sold out all of its tickets online this year in less than three hours!
Over 90,000 people are expected to attend this year’s pop/rock/indie/hip-hop concert extravaganza called “Coachella,” filling Indio’s polo grounds about a half-hour south of Palm Springs. This year’s buzz is all about the reunion of the band OutKast as the main headliner, as well as headliners Muse and Arcade Fire. In all, over 150 musical acts will perform at this year’s Coachella.
If you don’t know, Coachella is considered the 21st Century’s first important music festival. The Coachella music festival burst on the scene in 1999 with a remarkable 25,000 showing up to rock with Rage Against The Machine, Beck, Morrissey, and other artists. Since then, names like big names from Madonna, Jay-Z, Carrie Underwood, and Paul McCartney have all stepped on to Coachella’s stages.
By 2012, Coachella was so popular it had to expand to two full weekends with more stages added. That same year Goldenvoice, the organizer of Coachella and its sister country music festival Stagecoach, secured a $30 million-plus purchase of 280 additional acres adjoining the polo grounds where the concerts are held – and permission to hold up to five events per year.
But all the movement isn’t just in Indio: Goldenvoice has gone into partnership with the new Hard Rock Hotel in downtown Palm Springs to organize events, and Goldenvoice is involved with Splash House - a pool & music festival scheduled June 13-15, 2014 at three hotels.
In the meantime, if you couldn’t get their hands on the Coachella music festival’s scarce tickets, don’t worry - you can still rock out in Palm Springs! The town takes on a hipster carnival atmosphere with pool parties, DJ events, and live bands electrifying Palm Springs hotels and its downtown during and between the main Coachella weekends:
Wednesday April 16th, 5 PM:
Tachevah, A Palm Springs Block Party
The Skinny: In 2013, this free open-air concert and public block party co-produced by Goldenvoice debuted between the two weekends of Coachella Valley Music and Art Festival. Stages are set up in downtown Palm Springs, roads are blocked off, and the party included beer gardens, vendor booths, and emerging local bands selected from online music video votes.
Last year’s inaugural Tachevah concert was headlined by Coachella performers Passion Pit, and over 6,500 showed up for the outdoor concert. The L.A. indie band Fitz and the Tantrums was recently confirmed as Tachevah’s headliner, and this year’s Tachevah is expected to attract at least 10,000 people.
In front of downtown’s Spa Resort Casino
The weekends of April 11th to 13th, and April 18th to 20th:
The Saguaro Desert Weekender
The Skinny Over 5,000 people show up to the Saguaro resort for the hottest Coachella weekend pool parties in Palm Springs. Launched in 2012, Desert Weekender is now sponsored in part by Rolling Stone, and the event is overflowing with VIPs, celebrities, press, artists, and run-of-the-mill hipsters grooving to the world-class DJs, after parties, private brunches, and nighttime swims. Included in the commotion are pop-up stores like The Billabong Bikini Truck Powered by SWELL in a re-designed Airstream trailer.
The Place: The Saguaro Hotel in South Palm Springs
April 10th to 20th:
Desert Gold at The Ace Hotel & Swim Club
For hose looking to chill by the pool and listing to mellow tunes with a kick-back vibe, Desert Gold is your Coachella recovery event. Free and open to the public, Ace Hotel & Swim Club in South Palm Springs began Desert Gold in 2009 as one of the first “Coachella” events in Palm Springs, and it has gained a loyal following and co-sponsors like Third Man Records and NPR Music. Live bands and DJs play poolside, and this year’s Desert Gold promises to have a Latino kick to it as well.
The Ace Hotel & Swim Club in South Palm Springs
The 411: www.acehotel.com/calendar/palmsprings
April 10-13 & April 17-20
LED Day Club at Hard Rock Hotel
The Skinny: Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs will play host to a series of pool parties this April, created by Goldenvoice's electronic division LED. The LED Day Club pool parties will feature the world’s top DJs including David Guetta, Tiesto, Skrillex, Martin Garrix, and more, performing poolside from 11AM – 6PM
The Place: Hard Rock Palm Springs
The 411: Tickets: http://leddayclub.frontgatetickets.com/
April 12-13th, and April 19th and 20th:
Riviera Resort & Spa Pool Parties
The Skinny: Each afternoon of both Coachella weekends, the historic Riviera Resort (near Palm Springs’ Uptown) is throwing poolside Coachella pre-parties with L.A. DJs Shasta and Garth Trinidad spinning the tables – not to mention live jams by The Heavy Guilt and The Social Club Band. RSVP is required, but a limited number of free passes will be available.
The Place: The Bikini Bar and the Chiki Bar at the Riviera Resort & Spa near Uptown
The 411: www.psriviera.com/calendar.aspx