Every year for two weekends in April, thousands and thousands of people gather in Coachella Valley in the deserts of California to attend a two weekend music festival. In total, about half a million people attend the festival that is held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, which is located in the Coachella Valley. Many famous people make an appearance at this widely known festival that is all the buzz in the month of April. At the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, artists from many different music backgrounds travel to the famed and popular event to perform in front of thousands of fans.  The festival is so large that artists play across five different stages: the Coachella Stage, Outdoor Theatre, Gobi Tent, Mojave Tent, and the Sahara Tent.

   Coachella began back in 1993 when Pearl Jam, an American rock band, got involved in a disagreement with Ticketmaster because of their service fees. Pearl Jam argued that these service feels were financially targeting both fans and artists. As a result, Pearl Jam looked for different venues for the Vs tour. They wanted a venue that did not require Ticketmaster agreements. The band settled on the empire Polo Grounds for their venue and were shocked at the number of people who came to the desert to watch them perform. This proved that the polo ground was a successful and useable venue for other concerts and artists.

   Coachella’s first festival lasted two days in October 1999. The Coachella festival has been an annual event for the past fifteen years, attracting thousands of music lovers from across the globe. Its reputation as one of the largest festivals forced the organizers of the event to extend the festival, adding a second weekend ever since 2012.  The artists that perform at Coachella range from the up-and-coming, who play on the smaller stages, to some of the biggest and most famous, who perform on the main stage.

   Those lucky enough to afford this expensive music festival will be able to experience and possibly develop an appreciation for all different types of music. People of all different cultures gather in one place to enjoy a common interest: their love for music. Coachella is an experience unlike any other because there is so much going on in one place that it is difficult to show up at every performance. That is not said to discourage people from going, but to show that it is definitely worth every cent you pay for.


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