Los Angeles, California (WiredPRNews.com) — No other music festival is as highly anticipated than the Festival of Coachella Valley Music & Arts. Coachella is the biggest summer festival defined by the setting of desert where the palm tress give an exotic backdrop and the mountain range of California towers high above one’s head. An excess of 150,000 fans converged for the 9th annual festival of Coachella on Friday where as many as 125 bands would gather for at least three days to perform.
The founder of the festival, Paul Tollett said, “There is a magical feel that you get out there. It’s different than most festivals — I’m not saying better, but different. There seems to be a lot of life to the show, a lot of personality.”
The edition this year appeared to be missing the typical buzz of Coachella, however two weeks ago, Prince was declared as the Saturday headliner, instantly uplifting the line-up with rarely seen as well as universally loved acts.
Tollett said, “It’s just taken nine years to get it together.” He declined to disclose how much the Prince has been paid but the reported figure of $4.8 million is wrong. “It’s great for the festival, for sure, and I think it’s going to be great for him.”
Tollett thinks the desert particularly can react very well to certain music types, recalling the Coachella shows by Rage against the Machine, the Pixes and Radiohead.
Dallas News Reporter