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Coachella: California’s Biggest Music Festival

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, held annually across two weekends in April at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, combines up-and-coming musicians, famous bands, incredible art installations, camping, over 100 food vendors and desert sunshine for one unforgettable, but not necessarily once-in-a-lifetime, experience. Once you make it to the music festival, there’s a good chance it won’t be your last Coachella.

Coachella History

The event’s roots can be traced back to a Pearl Jam concert on the polo grounds in 1993 due to a dispute with Ticketmaster at the time. With this confirming Empire Polo Club’s viability for concerts, the first Coachella was held there in 1999. Other than skipping a year in 2000, Coachella has been hosted at the Empire Polo Club since its debut. More recently, the event has grown to seven stages and has been known to attract nearly 200,000 visitors over the course of its two weekends. The festival is also a who’s who with many celebrities showing up for the entertainment, and to show off their best Coachella outfits.

The Music

Whether it’s your first Coachella or your 17th, the event is always an experience. It’s become one of the U.S.’ most-loved festivals and has a penchant for keeping people coming back for more. From finding new favorite bands on the small stages to listening to some of the biggest names in the industry, festival-goers can experience live classic rock, folk, indie rock, hip hop, E.D.M. (electronic dance music), pop and everything in between. Artists who’ve played the festival over the years include Prince, Madonna, Daft Punk, Radiohead, Lady Gaga, Kanye West, Leonard Cohen, The Flaming Lips, Snoop Dog and Calvin Harris, just to name a few.

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