The June on-sale marked the first time Goldenvoice, Coachella’s promoter, used Front Gate tickets rather than the more ubiquitous Ticketmaster for the general on-sale. Once charges were factored in, a general admission three-day pass came to about $315, but the Coachella site was loaded with options, ranging from shuttle trips to VIP passes. Depending on the package chosen, two Coachella tickets could push $1,300.
Tickets that will go on-sale Friday will range from $285 for a three-day pass to $665 to a VIP festival pass. there is also a general admission ticket that includes a hotel shuttle option for $335. all prices noted are quoted without the addition of service fees. it is recommended that those intending to purchase tickets should set up their account on the Coachella page Thursday evening.
While it was unknown how many tickets Goldenvoice had already sold for the weekends, the promoter had previously announced that it would not be offering a layaway option beyond the June pre-sale. the layaway plan offered fest-goers the ability to place 10% down and then make eight equal monthly payments.
Fans were allowed to buy tickets for each weekend, should they be inclined, but festival passes will be limited per household. In June, passes were limited to four per household. Additionally, fans will not be allowed to change weekends once a purchase has been made. Passes will be mailed in March. International attendees will have the option of picking up their passes at an off-site will call.
Though Coachella will close with a double hip-hop pairing of Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg on the Sunday evenings, rock acts will get top billing the other nights. Bluesey rockers the Black Keys will anchor a Friday that will also feature singer-songwriter Cat Power, reggae legend Jimmy Cliff and psychedelic electronic act M83. Radiohead will close the festival’s Saturday evenings, with breakout indie star Bon Iver, reclusive indie rocker Jeff Mangum and noIse instrumentalists Godspeed You Black Emperor also on the bill.
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The line up for Coachella 2012 was released earlier this week and tickets to the first weekend sold out this morning. I attended Coachella for the first time last year and had such a great experience. Definitely my top 3 highlights of the year. I didn’t want to make the same mistake and purchase tickets 2 weeks before at double the price and search high and low for any hotel available in the area. so my best friend Joanna and I were able to buy our tickets months ago during the early bird sale and booked our hotel and airfare to Palm Springs in advance and it really feels really nice to not have to worry about anything till the event.
A few artist I can’t wait to see are: The Black Keys, Swedish House Mafia, Afrojak, Cat Power, Frank Ocean, Radiohead, Bon Iver, David Guetta, Kaskade, Miike Snow, SBTRKT, Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg, Aviici, La Roux, The Weeknd, DJ Shadow, Calvin Harris and so much more! It’s gonna be a blast!
Tickets for the 2012 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival go on sale Friday via Coachella’s website.
Remember that a number of people snatched them up during the pre-sale of last year when festival promoter Goldenvoice announced that there would be twin Coachellas in 2012.
They were $269, before fees, last summer.
Tickets for Coachella 2012 go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. Remember that there are two Coachellas this year (April 13-15 and April 20-22), and if you are going with a big group of friends, try to remember to coordinate which weekend BEFORE you buy the tickets.
As much as I love hearing from readers, if you come across my number and think that I’m Ticketmaster, you will be sorely disappointed. One lady tried to leave her credit card number on my voicemail once.
You can get tickets through coachella.com.
If you want to see the full lineup, I recommend the iGuide story about the 2012 Coachella lineup.
To be totally transparent, I also wrote it.
If you want more Coachella news you can shake a stick at–go visit the iGuide Coachella page. I spend a lot of time working on it.
Since it kicked off in 1999, the Coachella Festival has become known as much for its fashions as it has for the live music. even fashion-forward headliners like Madonna and Bjork are upstaged by what the audience typically wears. so if you’re going to Coachella, or any of the spring and summer rock festivals across the country this year, here are some fashion school tips for the coolest looks to go with the hottest music.
Be comfortable. the only thing hotter than the music will be the weather. Temperatures in the desert can top out at 120 degrees, so be prepared. Sporting a hat is not only stylish, but practical. our fashion college experts recommend one with a brim for shade, like a rumpled fedora or a vintage cowboy hat. Add your own touch to it with a band of fabric that matches the rest of our outfit. another necessity for the sun is an awesome pair of sunglasses. Classic Ray-Bans or an oversized pair of Karl Lagerfelds are very Coachella.
Be prepared to go from daytime to nightlife. the live music extends into the night, along with the parties. so wear an outfit that can transition from day to evening with ease. for example, a silk scarf wrapped around the head to shield you from the afternoon sun can double as a sarong at an afterparty.
Dress the part. Everyone from moms to businesspeople to doctors go to Coachella, but once they’re at the festival, they can let their hair down and be someone else for a weekend. Who will you be? If you’re the hippie chick, try a crocheted, lacy top with some skinny jeans or cut-off denim shorts. or grab a top or a dress you haven’t worn in forever and tie-dye it. If you’re the rocker type, go for the grunge, layering a floral dress over a tee shirt, and finished off with a pair of Doc Martens. another popular persona is the music VIP: you’re there for the parties, so you’re expected to look overdressed. for you, our fashion design experts are gaga over string halter long dresses and one-shouldered minis.
Get bold with prints. with thousands of festival goers packing the Empire Polo Fields, you’ll stand out in big, bold prints. Oversized hounds tooth and plaids, graphic lettering, psychedelic flowers, even the Union Jack, can make you the ultimate in Coachella style. And the fashion bloggers will love you.
Step out in the right footwear. Flip-flops are everywhere at Coachella, but you can do better than that in the style department. a pair of gladiator sandals (with the more straps the better) will keep you feeling cool and looking like a fashion goddess. Flats are practical, as you’ll be on your feet all day, but get them with funky embroidery or beading. And leave the cowboy boots at home. They may look hip, but the heat will have your feet roasting in them.
Coachella and fashion are like Sonny and Cher, or Jack and Meg White – they make beautiful music together.