Coachella is a music festival that hosts artists and performers of different genres at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif., and was founded by Paul Tollet and Rick Van Santen in 1999 to showcase established artists who are popular in the mainstream along with up-and-coming musicians and reunited artists. The concept for the music festival began in 1997 when Tollet was inspired to draw crowds by bringing numerous artists together in one venue rather than taking the more competitive route of booking individual concerts. Ever since its first appearance in 1999, Coachella has been a huge success with dozens of live concert performances and continues to draw in visitors from around the world.
Coachella History and Accolades
Paul Tollett had the idea to gather a group of moderately known artists into a single venue and build up from there. The Indio City Council gave Tollet and Van Santen approval and provided support in the form of $90,000 for public safety and traffic control. This framework allowed the partners to start the first Coachella Music Festival. In 1993, Pearl Jam performed at the festival where 25,000 fans visited, marking them as the first group to play at the club. This established the venue's viability to host large events. Six years later, Tollet and Van Santen formed the first Coachella event in October 1999, spanning two days. No event occurred in 2000, and Coachella resumed performance events in 2001. The festival went on to earn numerous awards, including the Top Festival Award from 2011 to 2017 via the Billing Touring Awards. Since its inception, the popularity of this festival has grown tremendously, and fans and artists from around the world flock to Indio every spring to see all the exciting Coachella concerts.
Where can I buy Coachella tickets?
Tickets for the upcoming Coachella Music Festival are available for purchase at StubHub. You can find Coachella Music Festival tickets for either week one or week two of the event.
The music festival is held over two weekends in April annually. In 2020, Weekend 1 will be held April 10-12 and Weekend 2 will be held April 17-19.
What can I expect from Coachella?
Coachella is a music festival that offers engaging musical events where both fans and bands from around the world visit, making it a memorable experience for everyone. Artists who are showcased represent many musical genres, including electronic dance music, pop, indie, rock and hip hop. Additionally, the event features visual artists displaying their art and sculpture work, some of which is large scale as well as interactive.
How long do individual concerts last at Coachella?
The length of each performance at the Coachella Music Festival can last anywhere from 30 minutes to more than three hours. Some artists will play more informal shows off the main stages, and these are typically shorter in length. Headlining musicians and bands at Coachella, however, will often perform for much longer periods of time on one of the main stages and will often be accompanied by some featured acts.
How long is Coachella?
The Coachella Music Festival schedule spans two, consecutive three-day weekends that occur in April every year. The festival officially starts off on Friday evening and goes into Sunday.
What types of music are performed at Coachella?
Music at Coachella is varied across the multiple genres represented at the festival. The wide range of artists who have played at the festival throughout the years represent different genres such as country, rock, indie, hip-hop and electronic dance music. There are multiple stages that host live performances throughout the venue.