It's been barely six weeks since the sold-out Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival concluded its 2015 edition with headlining sets by AC/DC, Jack White and Drake, but it's already time to start planning for next year.
The 2016 Coachella festival will be held April 15-17 and April 22-24 at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio. Advance ticket sales will begin Thursday at 11 a.m. on the festival website. Since Stagecoach, the annual country music festival held at the same site, takes place the weekend after Coachella concludes, it appears next year's edition of Stagecoach will be held May 1-3.
This will be the only time an advance ticket plan (once quaintly referred to as a "layaway plan") will be offered for Coachella 2016. To expedite ticket purchases, it is recommended to create an advance account before the on-sale begins Thursday. Separate accounts are required for Weekend One and Weekend Two.
General admission passes for each three-day weekend of the festival are priced at $375 each. VIP passes are priced at $899. VIP parking passes will cost $199 each. Car and tent camping are each priced at $99.
Camping options range from $2350 per weekend for a two-person Lake Eldorado Tee Pee, which includes two General Admission passes, to $7,000 for a two-person, air-conditioned Safari Tent, which includes two VIP passes. No advance payment plan is available for the Safari Tent Option.
As has been the case in recent years, performers for the upcoming Coachella festival are not expected to be announced until early January. But no matter, since both weekends of the event typically sell out in a near-instant.
This year's Coachella lineup was headlined by AC/DC, Jack White and Drake. Attendance was close to 100,000 per day, with 20 percent of the audience coming (as in years past) from San Diego County, according to Goldenvoice, the festival's promoter.
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