For those who don’t know, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival began in 1999, just three months after the Woodstock 99 festival. The initial starting point of the event was on the evening of November 5, 1993 when Pearl Jam, a popular rock band, played infront of 25,000 fans as part of a boycott of Ticketmaster and Southern California auditoriums it controlled. Six years later, the event was official, entertaining approximately 25,000 people. The festival featured verious popular acts such as Beck, Tool, Rage Against the Machine, The Chemical Brothers, and Morrissey. Though it was intended to three days, the event only lasted 2. Fans enjoyed the great free show, at the cost of having to sit in the scorching heat.

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is not necessarily your traditional music festival. It is held at the Empire Polo Club in Idio, California, in the Inland Empire’s Coachella valley. The event is in the desert, miles away from populated areas, it features several genres of music including, hip hop, rock, indie, and electronic music. Interestingly, it also includes sculpural pieces of art. If fans want to stay at the festival, camping is an option. The campgrounds often have over 17,000 attendies, there is a karaoke lounge, a general store, and shower trucks (semi trucks with around 6 showers in each trailer). They also provide top of the line food, including vegetarian food.

The countdown to the first weekend of this years festival is currently at 36 days. Unfortunitly festival passes are sold out, however you can still purchase shuttle passes, car camping passes, and more. This year is looking like a good year! The festival is featuring quite the line up:

Childish Gambino

Arctic Monkeys

Bon Iver

David Guetta

Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg


Manshester Orchestra


The Black Keys

The Dear Hunter

The Hives

These are only the bands I, myself, have heard of, there are over a hundred great acts playing this year. There are 43 days left until the second weekend of the Coachella Festival