Coachella 2016 lineup announced
It will be a weekend (make that, two weekends) of headlining reunions at the 2016 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, where Guns N’ Roses and LCD Soundsystem have both been confirmed to perform. EDM star Calvin Harris, who is better known to non-electronic music fans as Taylor Swift’s boyfriend, is the third headliner.
The festival will be held April 15-17 and April 22-24 at the Empire Polo Club, with LCD performing April 15 and 22, GNR performing April 16 and 23, and Harris performing April 17 and 24.
This will mark the first time that long-estranged GNR singer Axl Rose and former GNR guitarist Slash have performed together since 1992. Bassist Duff McKagan is also expected to rejoin. It is unclear which other founding members of GNR will also be on board. The members of LCD last performed together in 2011.
Rumors that the surviving members of the pioneering gangsta rap group N.W.A. would also reunite for Coachella this year proved to be unfounded. However, N.W.A. alum Ice Cube will perform April 16 and 23 at the festival, which last year drew a capacity audience of nearly 100,000 per day. The full lineup appears below, along with ticket information.
Twenty percent of the audience at the 17-year-old music marathon comes from San Diego County, according to the producers of Coachella, who track annual ticket sales by zip code. Coachella is produced by the Los Angeles-based AEG/Goldenvoice, which owns a controlling interest in Valley View casino Center (formerly the San Diego Sports Arena).
The 2016 Coachella lineup will also include Ellie Goulding, Sia, Disclosure, A$AP Rocky, Chvrches, Disclosure, The Kills and dozens more. Gospel music singing legend Mavis Staples, 76, appears to be the oldest member in this year’s lineup.
Weekend passes go on sale Wednesday at 6 a.m. via the Coachella website.
Last year’s Coachella festival featured Florence + The Machine and St. Vincent, with a cameo by Madonna during Drake’s performance.
The 2015 edition of Coachella sold 198,000 three-day weekend passes (no single-day tickets are sold). It grossed $84.3 million, a record for any music festival. Each year, a sizable number of tickets for the festival are bought before a single act is announced.
Accordingly, three-day passes for the first weekend of this year’s Coachella festival are already sold out. Three-day passes for the second weekend, which go on sale Wendesday, cost $399 each.
Three-day passes, including a general admission parking pass, are priced at $459 per weekend. Thre-day VIp passes cost $899 per weekend. VIP parking passes cost $199 per weekend.
Tent camping passes for both weekends are already sold out. Car parking passes, priced at $99 per weekend per car, will be available for both weekends and allow pass-holders to camp next to their vehicle.
VIP passes start at $2,398 for a Tee-Pee for two and two general admission tickets. You’ll pay $5,200 for four VIP passes and a VIP tent for four people.
The most expensive option is the two-person, air-conditioned Safari tent package, priced at $7,000, which includes two VIP passes, golf cart transportation to the festival stages, breakfast, restrooms and showers, an on-site concierge, dedicated security, outdoor chairs, shade tents, outdoor lighting and more. The Sahara package is only available through Valley Music Travel.
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