Coachella – The History
The Coachella Festival is held annually at the Empire Polo Club in California, in the Coachella Valley, found in the Colorado Desert. The festival was founded in 1999 by Paul Tollett and Rick van Santen, and is held by the Goldenvoice, which is part of AEG Live. During this festival, musical artists from a variety of genres such as hip hop, indie, electronic and rock, are seen live. Numerous stages are hosted and the main ones are Coachella Stage, Mojave Tent, Outdoor Theatre, Sahara Tent, Sonora Stage, Yuma Stage and Gobi Tent.
Among the long list of artists who have performed at this festival, the most famous ones are Oasis, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Coldplay, Prince, Tiesto, Moby, Guns N’ Roses and Calvin Harris. Coachella is not the only place where you can find the best artists… At Lucky Pants Bingo, as well, you can find the best live singers ever! On there, you can slow dance to the tune “Love me tender” while playing Elvis The King Lives Slot game. Or go wild by meeting The Demon, The Spaceman, The Catman and The Starchild on Kiss Shout It Out Loud slot! For the best online slots, Luckypantsbingo.tv is the place!
Despite that the inauguration of the festival was officially done in 1999, the origins of the event can be traced to a farther 1993. During that year, a Pearl Jam concert was held and many artists and bands started to voice out their opinions when it comes to Ticketmaster. Indeed, during those years, Ticketmaster gained great profit from every ticket sold by a band. Thus, bands joined hands and they decided to have a concert at Empire Polo Club which was not controlled by Ticketmaster.
After the end of the Pearl Jam concert, the artists realised that the venue was perfect and could work in the long run. That was the beginning of the Coachella Festival, which was then first celebrated in October 1999 over a period of two days. In 2000, the Coachella Festival was not held as the organisers were in financial difficulty, but they agreed on doing in over a single day in 2001. In 2002 until 2012, the festival was celebrated over two days and was quite successful. As from 2007 up to now, the festival has moved to a 3-day format, held on weekends in April. Every weekend has the same line-ups.
While this festival started to gain fame, it was quite difficult for attendees to find hotels in the area, thus the organisers started campgrounds. Nowadays, the festival is so massive that it takes months to plan and prepare the event, before the D-Day. Many loyal attendees also state that they go to the festival to immerse themselves in the unique experience, rather than for just the show. Coachella 2017 was massively attended by people around the world, and the headliner artists which performed were Lady Gaga, Radiohead and Kendrick Lamar. It looks like the show will keep going on through the years, and will not stop anytime soon…