It's the wave of the new age of live music. Seeing 100 bands in one weekend is the way to do it, especially if your on a budget. The downside is abbreviated sets, huge crowds and the inevitable road trip associated. This is year two for me going to Coachella. I Haven't done a count, but there are more music festivals this year than I can ever remember in the past. Their is a regional focus to be considered, depending on where you live, you can catch a Coachella like festival somewhere in your section of the U.S. The Sasquatch Festival (Washington State) is becoming more competitive with Coachella, and mirrors it a bit. I got tickets for the Firefly Festival this year as well for $260, and while the line-up is a little different, it is very strong with a fourth day, and is still not sold out. I have gone to Bumbershoot two years running as well, but it is in a different league.
It seems that Coachella's strengths are:
1. A massive budget
2. History and reputation
3. A very effective process for ingress and egress
4. Sufficient hotels and parking in a reasonable distance from the festival
5. It's in California
6. It is an epic visual and sensory experience at night
Is Coachella the way to go in the future? I bought my tickets early bird, without knowing a single act, like I am sure many of you have done as well. Are they going to continue to be "the best" or are they going to use their reputation to make more money while other festivals get an upper hand by being ambitious?