Looking to Coachella 2014

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According to the United States Census, the city of Indio, Calif. had an increase in population of more than 50 percent between 2000 and 2010, growing from a population of 49,116 to 76,036. For two weekends in April the city of Indio experiences a similar population spike as it attracts some 50,000 festival-goers for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, commonly known simply as Coachella.

In recent years it has become one of the most popular and talked about music festivals in the world, attracting music lovers from all over the country for three magical days of non-stop music.

Over Twitter last week, concert officials revealed the entire lineup for the three-day festival (which will take place twice on two separate weekends, April 11–13 and April 18–20). The festival will feature more than 150 musical acts, with three headliners closing out the end of each day.Each day features a myriad of different artists, ranging from hip-hop to classic rock to dub-step.

The first day will feature bands such as Bastille, who have established themselves as a band to watch due to their surprise hit “Flaws.” Indie darling Haim will also be playing Friday and will undoubtedly bring in a large crowd due to their critically acclaimed album “Days Are Gone.” The star-studded day will conclude with the dreams of hip-hop enthusiasts everywhere coming true, as Outkast will be reunited on stage for the first time since 2007.

The audio ecstasy will continue into Saturday with the performances of several artists that have made names for themselves in the music industry. One of the most exciting sets is sure to be world-famous DJ Skrillex, as he has developed a reputation for including mind-blowing spectacles during his performances. New pop sensation Lorde will bring her notorious reputation with her, and it is likely she will be one of the more talked-about artists on stage all weekend.

Sunday’s lineup shows that the festival organizers still know how to save the best for last. Music fanatics will be thrilled to find a reunited Neutral Milk Hotel, who since disbanding in the late 90s have developed an almost mythical status. Chance the Rapper, a hip-hop pioneer who has entranced music fans everywhere with his strange mixture of psychedelic music and rap, will also be performing. The festival closes out with Arcade Fire, which has perhaps become the defining Coachella band, as this will be their fourth time playing the festival since 2005.

The festival originally started in 1999, but experienced some difficulties. The first festival was held in October, exposing concert-goers to the extreme end-of-summer temperatures of the California desert. Concert organizers lost roughly $750,000, and were unable to pay bands like Rage Against the Machine, Tool and Beck.

Due to financial problems with the first year, the festival did not appear the following year. In 2001, the festival returned as a one-day festival, but was moved to April for its milder climates. However, the extreme temperatures of the desert can still be felt as early as April, evidenced by the fact that last year’s festival featured a low temperature of 41 degrees Fahrenheit and a high of 107 degrees Fahrenheit. Despite challenges, the festival has not missed a year since resuming in 2001.

In 2003, festival organizers began to allow the die-hard fans to camp out the entire weekend. A shanty town is set up so that concert-goers can bring their own tents and camping gear in order to stay at the festival from start to finish.
Tickets are on sale now, and have been since Fri, Jan. 10. Full weekend general admission begins at $375.


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