Desert Trip

05/05/2016

Desert Trip Festival Confirmed for October

After nearly a month of rumors and social media teases, Goldenvoice—the promoters behind Coachella—have formally announced that six of rock’s most enduring luminaries will come together for a once-in-a-lifetime three-day festival this fall.

The festival, officially called Desert Trip, will be held Oct. 7-9 at the Empire Polo Club in Coachella’s Indio, Calif. stomping grounds and will see The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Paul McCartney, The Who and Roger Waters sharing a bill for the first time.  Unhindered by normal festival cutoff times, each of the bands will play full sets throughout the weekend—Dylan and the Stones will headline on opening night, followed by Young and McCartney on night two, then by Waters and The Who closing out on Sunday.

Plans for the festival started bubbling two years ago when Goldenvoice CEO Paul Tollett made a wish list consisting of only the six artists and then gradually convinced them to perform together after traveling to see them all individually.

“The theme was rock & roll bands that have been playing consistently since the early days,” Tollett told Rolling Stone this week.

Given the combined legendary status of the headliners–each of them are reportedly earning $7 million per set—ticket prices range from somewhat reasonable to astronomically high.  General admission starts at $199 for single-day passes and goes up to $399 for all three days.  Reserved seating ranges from $699 to a whopping $1,599.  Hotels in the region have already reported sellouts and price increases for the weekend.

Tickets go on sale next Monday at 10 a.m.  More details can be found at DesertTrip.com.  Check out a trailer for the event along with a conceptual rendering of the festival site—courtesy of Goldenvoice—below.

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