Coachella 2012: Limited $335 passes remain for Weekend 1
The remaining three-day passes for the expanded 2012 edition of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. Pacific time, with only a limited number remaining for the first weekend, according to Goldenvoice's official website for the fest. General admission $285 passes and $665 VIP festival passes are sold out for the weekend of April 13-15, with only $335 general admission and shuttle passes remaining. All prices quoted do not include the addition of any surcharges.
Rapper Dr. Dre and rock acts Radiohead and the Black Keys will headline the 2012 edition of the annual festival in Indio, Calif., to be held for the first time over consecutive weekends, the first April 13-15 and the second April 20-22. Each weekend, featuring identical lineups, is a separate ticket. Only weekend passes are available. All three levels of tickets are available for purchase the weekend of April 20-22.
There is no layaway option available, as Goldenvoice noted that the pay-by-the-month was good only during the pre-sale last June. There are no paperless tickets, and wristbands will be shipped in March. It is not possible to exchange a pass for another weekend.
As previously noted, tickets were first sold for the 2012 editions of Coachella in June 2011. They were available for only a week, and it was unknown how many were snatched in the initial sale. Once various fees were factored in, a general admission three-day pass came to about $315, but the Coachella site was loaded with options, ranging from shuttle trips to VIP passes. Depending on the package chosen, two Coachella tickets could push $1,300.
Though Coachella will close with a double hip-hop pairing of Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg on the Sunday evenings, rock acts will get top billing the other nights. Bluesey rockers the Black Keys will anchor a Friday that will also feature singer-songwriter Cat Power, reggae legend Jimmy Cliff and psychedelic electronic act M83. Radiohead will close the festival's Saturday evenings, with breakout indie star Bon Iver, reclusive indie rocker Jeff Mangum and noise instrumentalists Godspeed You! Black Emperor also on the bill.
Coachella's country-flavored cousin the Stagecoach Festival is already sold out. This year’s event is slated for April 27-29 at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, Calif., and features the likes of Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Martina McBride, Alabama, the Band Perry, the Mavericks, Kenny Rogers, Luke Bryan, Sara Evans, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers and Chris Isaak.
-- Todd Martens
Images: The Coachella crowd at night. Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times; A screenshot of Coachella's mostly sold-out Weekend 1 options. www.coachella.com