What’s it all about?
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, to give it it’s full title, is one of the largest and most famous music festivals in the USA. Held annually, it has been running since 1999 (although it didn’t happen in 2000). In much the same way as Glastonbury, it’s not just about the music: Coachella is also a showcase for visual arts and sculpture.
Where is it held?
It’s held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, in California’s Coachella Valley, about 125 miles east of Los Angeles. That’s right in the Colorado Desert, meaning that temperatures can be a little on the extreme side, with the mercury hitting 41 °C on 21 April 2012, yet at the previous opening weekend it had been just 6 °C.
When is it on?
As has been the case since 2012, this year’s festival is taking place over two consecutive weekends, with the same line-up appearing on the same days on both weekends:
- 15-17 April 2016; and
- 22-24 April 2016.
Who will be playing?
The big news is that legendary rockers Guns ‘N’ Roses – you may have heard of them – have reunited and so the band’s original line-up will headline the festival on Saturday night. They will be joined as headliners by LCD Soundsystem and Calvin Harris. Other top performers making up the stellar line-up will include Ellie Goulding, M83, Sia, The 1975, Foals and CHVRCHES. In total there will be over 160 artists performing and as always there are rumours about potential surprise acts. The full line-up is on the official website.
Can I get a ticket?
Tickets went on sale in January 2016 so you won’t be surprised to hear that you’re too late. The festival’s official website has the very latest on ticketing information.