What is Coachella And Why Does It Garner So Much Attention?

First, a brief history of the festival for those who may not be familiar. Recognized as the premiere Indie music festival in the world, each year music fans, celebrities and bands travel from all over the globe to take part in the Coachella music festival. Coachella today is recognized as the music festival by which all others are measured.

The inaugural Coachella festival drew its origins from a concert thrown by Pearl Jam in 1993. Approximately 25,000 people attended the festival, which took place only three months after Woodstock ‘99 on October 9th and 10th at Indio’s Empire Polo Club. Supporting headlining acts included Beck, Tool, Morrissey and Rage Against the Machine. Big names and epic band reunions, including Siouxsie and the Banshees, Pixies and Outcast, helped Coachella grow from a California festival into a worldwide destination that’s been selling out nearly every year since 2004.

Over the years, Coachella has hosted the most talented musicians in the world and has become a must-attend event for music fans of every kind. A few notable artists to perform in the desert include Jay Z, Daft Punk, Paul McCartney, Beyoncé, Madonna, Kanye West, Arcade Fire, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Prince and even a hologram Tupac in 2012.

So why does everyone care so much? Clout. If you're at Coachella you're the coolest of the cool, and if you're not at Coachella you're sure to see the hundreds of pictures taken by those attending on social media. Below are some interesting stats on Coachella and other music festivals over the years. Have you ever been or wanted to go?

Courtesy of Forbes

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