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2011 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival

Coachella Main Stage
Coachella Main Stage
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This year marks the 12th installation of the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival, Southern California’s premier music festival that draws artists and attendees from around the globe for a three-day party at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California.

The origins of the festival can be traced back to a concert that took place at the polo fields on November 5, 1993, featuring a monster triple bill that consisted of Tool, Rage Against The Machine and Pearl Jam. Booked by Pearl Jam in an effort to boycott Ticketmaster and the plethora of Southern California venues that was under its’ control, the concert marked the first time the polo fields were ever used for a large scale event. The success of the concert showed the area’s sustainability, and six years later in October of 1999, the first Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival took place.

Featuring performances from an eclectic array of artists ranging from Tool to Cibo Matto, Moby and Modest Mouse, the Coachella festival was modeled after European music festivals that featured multiple stages and a wide array of genres that range from indie rock to hip-hop and electronica. After taking a hiatus in 2000, the festival returned in 2001, with a one-day concert featuring headliners Jane’s Addiction, and rescheduled the date to April to avoid the late summer heat common in the Coachella Valley. Coachella returned in 2002 with a two-day festival and featured headlining performances from brit-rockers Oasis and Bjork. The festival has since become an annual event and has stretched back to its original-three day format, with last year’s attendance topping 75,000 daily attendees. And with its close proximity to Los Angeles, the festival features many celebrity sightings throughout the weekend.

Over the years Coachella has been responsible for reuniting a number of popular bands from the '80s and '90s including, The Jesus And Mary Chain, Pavement, Kraftwerk, Happy Mondays and the Pixies. This year’s festival will see the reunions of such notable bands as London Suede, Big Audio Dynamite, Caifanes and Death From Above 1979. Tickets for this year’s festival quickly sold out within a week, with scalpers asking for double the face value of what the three-day-passes are originally worth. The Coachella Valley is conveniently located within reasonable driving distance from Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix and Las Vegas, making the festival the only one of its kind available to music lovers in Southern California.

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  • City: Indio
  • Dates: April 15-17, 2011