25 Things You Didn’t Know About Coachella



This past weekend, massive groups of music fans soaked up the sun and indulged in jaw-dropping performances at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Weekend 2. We think there just might be a few things you probably didn’t know about Coachella. For those who don’t know much about all the craziness that goes down in Indio, California, it’s been called “spring break for rock fans,” these are 25 reasons why you should book your tickets for next year’s festival:

coachella25. Osama Bin Laden is dead! In 2011, Rascal Flatts’ Joe McMarcus broke the news to a crowd of 50,000 music fans.

24. Celeb sightings: all the regular attendees of the festival include: Paris and Nicky Hilton, Vanessa Hudgens, Kate Bosworth and…Danny DeVito. Did you happen to catch them in the crowd this year?

23. Sold out. The first year that tickets were completely sold out at Coachella was in 2004 with Radiohead as headlining act. Now tickets are gone within hours as soon as the website starts selling them.

22. First in line. A Perfect Circle was the very first band to perform at Coachella.

21. 1999! The year Coachella held its very first music and arts festival. Beck and Rage Against the Machine headlined the fest.

coachella20. No show. In 2000, there wasn’t a Coachella possibly due to financial troubles. The festival restarted the following with some modified changes such as: holding it as a single-day event in April to avoid excruciating desert summer heat.

19. Count the numbers! Perry Farrell has performed at Coachella 9 times and has played at every single festival. Josh Homme comes in second with 5 appearances. Third place is a tie between The Chemical Brothers and Maynard James Keenan,  with 4 performances each. There are 14 artists who have played 3 times and 54 artists who have played twice.

18. $50 bucks! That’s how much tickets were sold for during the first year of Coachella. Now prices go up to $500+ for a weekend pass.

coachella17. Camping world: Starting in 2012, on-site camp grounds included recycling, a general store, showers, mobile phone charging stations and an internet cafe with free WiFi.

16. Robochrist Industries is a performance art troupe that has performed as installation artists at Coachella starting in 1999. In the first few years, the performance included a few robots and props. In later years until 2005, performances became much more theatrical involving complex props that presented the group’s fusion of film special effects and aerospace industry.

15. Pig out! Roger Waters of Pink Floyd threw an inflatable pig to the crowd. When it floated away, two couples that retrieved the pig received money and Coachella passes as rewards.

14. Carpoolchella! Coachella organizers promote carpooling by rewarding people with a chance to win VIP tickets and passes for life if carpoolers diaplay the word “carpoolchella” on their cars.

coachella13. Music cherry popped! On November 5, 1993, Pearl Jam and Tool played at The Empire Polo Field before it became one of the stages at Coachella. The show was a boycott to Ticketmaster at the time and all the auditoriums that Ticketmaster had control over.

12. The Stagecoach Festival was launched in 2007 by the same producers of Coachella that also take place in Indio, California. Music acts range from folk, mainstream country, bluegrass, roots rock, and alternative country.

11. Legendary repeaters: In 2010, Pavement, Perry Farrell and Plastikman were three bands that performed as well as the very first year Coachella launched in 1999.

10. Go green! In 2007, Coachella worked with Global Inheritance to promote a 10 for 1 recycling program, rewarding anyone who collects ten empty water bottles to receive a free water bottle, which comes in real handy in the desert heat.

coachella9. Good Night Bush’s co-author, Emek is one of the most renowned artist and poster designers. Emek’s posters have been showcased every year at Coachella since 2007. Some of his poster-making career was heightened in the 90s by working with musicians such as: Marilyn Manson, Pearl Jam, Radiohead, the Decemberists.

8. Change of rules! In 2010, Coachella started to offer three-day tickets only, instead of single-day tickets in the past. Headliners included: Jay-Z and Gorillaz. The first weekend drew 75,000+ daily and approximately 225,000 music fans total.

7. Hollywooooood!! In 2007, Scarlett Johansson hopped on stage with Jesus and Mary Chain.

6. The man behind Coachella: As said to Billboard Biz, “‘Paul Tollett is the person that created Coachella. It was his vision, his idea. Everything that you see at Coachella came from Paul.’ Tollett himself went on to describe the early days of Coachella, when bands would accept a deferred payment (Some of those angelically patient bands: “Rage Against The Machine, Beck, Tool. ‘That last payment? Hold on to it’ they said. I’ve never really seen that at other concerts we’ve done”) and employees were willing to take a paycheck guaranteed to bounce.”

5. Band camps, no go. There was no camping for neither the 1999 nor 2001 festivals. Coachella was held 3 months after Woodstock 99. No camping rule was allocated to avoid riots and chaos that occurred during Woodstock.

coachella4. Reunion: Coachella’s popular has always sat on reuniting famous bands, including: Jane’s Addiction in 2001, Siouxsie and the Banshees in 2002, Iggy Pop and The Stooges in 2003, Jesus and Mary Chain in 2007, Swervedriver in 2008, Orbital in 2010, Big Audio Dynamite in 2011.

3. Hologram!! in 2012, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg headlined the festival, and surprised festival goers with performances by deceased Tupac on projection. The media technology appeared as if Tupac came up from under the stage and performed Hail Mary and 2 of Amerika’s Most Wanted. Also part of the performance were rappers Eminem and 50 Cent, making it one of the most buzz-about Coachellas of all time.

2. Kanye West changed Coachella forever in 2006, by being one of the first popular rappers to perform at the main stage, one that predominantly belonged to rock bands in previous years.

1. The Beatles’ Paul McCartney fired up past Coachella’s typically strict curfew by nearly an hour in 2009, including 35 and two sets of encores. The crowd went wild over unforgettable songs such as: Hey Jude, Yesterday, Lady Madonna, Let It Be and The End.



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