Thursday, January 22, 2004

The greatest show on Earth?

No, not Barnum and Bailey's circus. It's Coachella. And while it's probably not the greatest show on Earth, it sure is a good time. Here's the official press release from yesterday:

"DATE: JANUARY 21, 2004

The Cure have just been confirmed as Sunday night’s headliners for the COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL, set to take place Saturday, May 1 and Sunday, May 2. As previously reported, this announcement comes on the heels of news that Radiohead will headline the Saturday night line-up which will also be highlighted by an historic reunion from The Pixies and the return of Kraftwerk.
Described as “The Best American Festival” (Rolling Stone), “probably the best festival in the world” (England’s NME) and “the most significant annual pop event in the country” (Los Angeles Times), this marks the festival’s fifth year at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, CA. The Goldenvoice-promoted event is an unparalleled cutting-edge musical experience in a peaceful and breathtakingly beautiful setting that last year attracted 68,000 music fans.

Of the 2003 festival--which featured headliners Beastie Boys and the Red Hot Chili Peppers--Rolling Stone noted: “Coachella remains astonishingly comfy and civilized...,” while Steve Sutherland of the U.K.’s NME lauded: “One day all festivals will be as cool as Coachella. California’s Coachella festival ranks as one of the best in the world...it has the line-up, the guest list and the weather other festivals would kill for” (May 10, 2003). Writing in the Los Angeles Times (April 24, 2003), Robert Hilburn noted: “Think of this pop-rock showcase as the Kentucky Derby of rock--the place where the world’s most promising new bands and a sampling of worthy old ones come together in a lovely outdoor setting to test their thoroughbred credentials...the most significant annual pop event in the country...”

Fans traveling from around the country and overseas will be able to experience a truly diverse line-up of music in four musical areas spread out over 78 acres amid gorgeous desert sunsets, towering palm trees and mountainous views.

Tickets for the festival go on sale Saturday, February 14th at Noon. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster charge-by-phone lines at (213) 480-3232, at all Ticketmaster retail ticket centers or via ticketmaster. General admission tickets are priced at $75.00 per day, with a limited amount of 2-day tickets available for $140.00 plus $1.00 per day for charity. In the Coachella festival tradition, there is free parking and the doors to the venue will open at noon on both days. Parking lots open at 9:00 AM.

For information about nearby hotels, camping facilities, restaurants and more, click here."