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The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival or commonly known to most as simply Coachella, is one of the most popular music festivals that takes place in the United States. Held annually, the festival features a wide variety of genres, consistently featuring some of the biggest names in music.
Coachella is held in Indio, California, where the Empire Polo Club leases the ground to hold the festival. This area can be found in Sothern California’s Inland Empire, and is home to the Coachella Valley for which the festival is name after. The warm and dry climate have helped make Coachella the must see festival for many.
The prelude to Coachella was when Pearl Jam held a concert in the Empire Polo in 1993. Wanting to avoid any venue that was controlled by Ticketmaster, the band put on a massive show, which gave light to the fact that the location was more than a viable location for hosting a large event such as a music festival.
It would take some years before the first Coachella would take place, but eventually in October of 1999 the festival had its first ever show over the course of two days. As there had been trouble at the recent festival of Woodstock ’99, camping was not permitted. This also forced the promoters to take the approach that would become the identity of Coachella, hiring bands that were not just there for due to popularity, but because of their artistry – this led to Coachella being branded the ‘Anti- Woodstock ‘
Organisers wanted to try emulate the feel of European festivals, which regular feature smaller more intimate crowds, helping to add to a unique atmosphere that make them so appealing. Although it was well received, the festival organisers Goldenvoice lost more than $750,000, due to some of the big name headliners, including Beck and Rage Against the Machine.
After a year hiatus in 2000, Coachella returned in 2001, this time in April. With the cost of the last festival, it was put down to just one day, and many performers were unsure about playing it. This lead to there being no headline act only months before the event, before eventually securing Jane’s Addiction.
The 3rd Coachella saw the return of two days for the festival, with organisers struggling less to secure performers, more prominent and famous bands would begin to headline the festival.
The following years would see an explosion of interest in Coachella, as the crowds got larger, more people had heard and wanted to experience this sun kissed festival in the desert. This culminated in the 2004 Coachella, which become the first one to sell out, with 50,000 tickets being sold for both Saturday and Sunday.
As of 2007 it has been expanded to a three day festival and continues to grow in popularity as each year passes. As it continued to grow, Coachella added many new features and amenities, with the likes of onsite camping now permitted, it also now take place on two consecutive three day weekends. Both weeks feature the same line-ups, and has seen some of the most famous musicians in the world perform there.
It has since become the biggest music festival in the United States, with last year’s 2014 Coachella’s attendance reach 579,000 over the two weeks. This has seen a rise in profits too, with a festival best of $78.3 million made last year alone.