Cochella: Worth It?

Music. Food. Art.


Music lovers surely have heard of Coachella. The ultimate experience with top-notch music that targets 20-year olds. The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival was established in 1999 and has grown into the world’s largest music festivals. The event is hosted at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. This year’s festival took place between the weekends of April 13th and April 21st. Headliners for this year’s Coachella include Beyoncé, Eminem, Cardi B, The Weeknd, Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, and Alan Walker. In addition, over 100 bands perform at the festival, though the majority of the artists play electronic, pop, or hip-hop. Coachella also offers world-class art and food. The festival commissions art installments to be placed across the venue and over 100 vendors to serve a variety of food.

People who attend Coachella come from all around the world. In 2017, 750,000 people attended Coachella, which earned the festival up to 115 million dollars. The general admission price for Coachella ranges from $429 to $504. The VIP pass costs $1000. The passes are only for three days or for one of the weekends that Coachella operates. The admission does not cover the food costs within the festival. Additional fees to stay on-site for the festival include car camping or tent camping, which costs $113 for a weekend plus a permit that must be bought. If car or tent camping is not your ideal way to stay over at Coachella there are always hotels, however since people come from all over the world to attend the festival the rates of hotels skyrocket.

The idea of Coachella is very appealing to me at first glance with the level of artistry across the board between music, food, and art. However, upon thinking about it more, the idea seems more absurd to me. The price of admission to attend Coachella is ridiculous. Spending $429 to $504 dollars on a three-day weekend is a waste of money. On top of that, I would have to pay for airfare or another type of transportation. Food would also not be included in the admission of the Coachella, so I would have to set aside a generous amount of money to eat out. I would rather pay for a ticket to a specific artist that is less than $100 for a venue that is more accessible to me. Then go out for dinner before or after the concert. In comparison, I would save more money to go to the closest venue than Indio, California.

Another problem with Coachella is that it is in a desert setting, which makes it hot. The number of people attending the festival would also make the venue even hotter and more crowded. The amount of people at a given spot would make it hard to be able to see the artist perform. In addition, there is no guarantee that the artists would not overlap times with other artists I would want to see.

I love music and admittedly a couple of artists I am interested in are performing at Coachella, but there are not enough artists to entice me to go. My taste of music does not lean towards electronic, pop, or hip-hop either. The price to pay for admission, transportation, food, the heat, the crowds, and the list of artists is not enough for me to personally attend Coachella. Coachella is not for me.



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