Coachella Promoters: Tickets on sale for residents
Bruce Fessier
The Desert Sun
April 13, 2007

The promoters of the sold-out Coachella festival just found a few more tickets to sell.
The Los Angeles-based Goldenvoice company will put an undisclosed number of three-day passes to the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival for sale through Ticketmaster.com starting at noon today.
A Goldenvoice publicist told The Desert Sun exclusively that no more tickets will be made available at the gate on the days of the festival April 28-30 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. In fact, festivalgoers will have to show their tickets just to get in the parking lots.

Tickets are $249 plus a $3 charity contribution and service fees. No single-day tickets are available.

Goldenvoice co-founder Paul Tollett said the extra tickets were announced first in the Coachella Valley because of concern that local residents were surprised by how quick the single-day tickets sold out.

The days featuring Rage Against the Machine on April 30 and Red Hot Chili Peppers on April 29 sold out within two weeks of their announcement in January.

Tollett said more than a week ago he wanted to make additional tickets available to the locals, but he couldn't figure out how to prevent them from landing in the hands of scalpers.

"I want to come up with a plan where it's people from out there who get them," Tollett said at the time. "We have some on hold, we just haven't decided how to do it yet."

Goldenvoice is expecting daily attendance about the same as last year, meaning about 180,000 people are expected at the festival.