An Oasis of Music
On November 5th, 1993 Pearl Jam led a boycott of Ticketmaster’s iron fist of control over Southern California’s venues. The location they chose—a remote patch of irrigated grass in the middle of Coachella Valley—received criticism as too remote, too hot, and unlikely to draw a crowd. That was, until almost 25 thousand rocked the night on the lawns of the Empire Polo Club to the hits Jeremy and Daughter.

It was almost six years later, on the eve of a disastrous Woodstock 99 which ended quite literally in flames, Coachella Fest, as it became known, was inaugurated. Campfires were banned, just in case.
About another 25 thousand saw the two-day event, headlined by some tough acts, including Beck, Morrissey, and Rage Against the Machine. The music blasted from several stages, each playing live music non-stop day and night. Giant sculptures sat in several pavilions scattered through the grounds, enjoyed to the sounds of alternative rock, indie, and electronic music.

In 2003, the desert festival came into its prime, headlined by Red Hot Chili Peppers and Beastie Boys to record attendance. That record was again broken in 2007, when a reunited Rage Against the Machine drew over a hundred thousand and garnered worldwide interest, securing its place at the top of rock venues across the globe.

As of 2010, the world-renown desert venue drew over 225 thousand attendees and featured interactive art and digital eye candy, in addition to some of the top world names, such as Faith No More, Thom Yorke of Radiohead, and the legendary European DJ, Tiesto.

Look it up in April and find out what oasis of music and art is all about.
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