More than 80,000 people have paid to get into the Coachella music festival this weekend — but the parties start now.
Celebrities, DJs, gift bags and free alcohol will abound at a series of parties scheduled throughout the next 10 days. throughout the next two weekends.
Most of the parties are free, 21-plus and require an RSVP — but if you’re persistent or know a friend-of-a-friend, you could have a shot at getting in anyway. Even if you RSVP, though, show up early. Some of the parties hit capacity quick, and your name on the guest list doesn’t guarantee you entrance.
Here’s a sampling of some of the biggest and best parties along with a few tidbits about what to expect and which celebs you might see at each venue:
Desert Magazine has wrapped up its 20th annual Best of the Valley competition — and the winner goes to …
Caxton as Best Local Band 2013!
This indie pop-rock band performs at The Hood and the Red Barn in Palm Desert, and is signed to play the famed Sunset Strip’s The Roxy on June 22.
John Stanley King Band finished in second place, and Pat Rizzo Band rounded out the top three vote getters.
Browse the complete listing of Best Of winners — including favorite dive bar, favorite best radio personality and best live music spot — here.
More than 74,000 votes have been cast so far for Tachevah: A Palm Springs block party!
With an influx of voting in the last 24 hours, we’ve seen a few changes in the leaderboard and a tight race for the top 20 — even a 9-vote difference between two of the bands.
The Top 10 bands will advance to a panel comprised of Goldenvoice executives and MyDesert.com, who will decide which three bands will perform. Those three bands will be announced next week.
They will perform April 17 (between Coachella weekends) in front of Goldenvoice executives, the MyDesert.com audience — and you, the fans.
Voting closes at 5 p.m. PT on Friday, so VOTE NOW.
Here are the Top 20 bands as of Friday morning (in alphabetical order):
- Alfa Cologne
- Castle Pines
- Dead Reverend
- Felix Nobody x Notepad
- Future Fix
- In Viridian
- Las Feas
- THR3 STRYKES
- The Feaver
- The Morning After
- The Pedestrians
- The Stepping Stones
- The Whiskey and Knives
- Town Troubles
- You Me & Us
After you’re done voting, here are some other handy links:
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, produced by AEG Live, has signed an agreement to let Mark Cuban’s AXS TV broadcast the venerable seven-day music event live across the nation.
The question now is, will AEG Live next allow a live broadcast of its two Indio music festivals, Coachella and Stagecoach?
That probably won’t happen soon. AEG Live’s subsidiary and partner in the festivals, Goldenvoice, provides live event streaming through Coachella.com. It has never allowed TV news cameras at Coachella or Stagecoach inside the Empire Polo Club gates.
On the other hand, Goldenvoice doesn’t have a television contract that would prohibit such a deal. And sellouts at Coachella were never a given until this decade.
AXS TV, which is carried by DirecTV, the Dish Network, Verizon and Charter but not Time Warner Cable, will broadcast live segments of the event known as Jazz Fest in its nightly program, AXSLive, April 26-May 5. It will present continuous live festival coverage from May 3-5.
Festival producer/director Quint Davis said he is allowing Jazz Fest to be simulcast for the first time to “further our goal of placing New Orleans and Louisiana culture alongside the biggest names in music and bringing this one-of-a-kind celebration to the world.”
The 44th annual Jazz Fest will present more than 500 bands on 12 stages performing a vast range of music. Acts include Fleetwood Mac, Billy Joel, the Dave Matthews Band, Maroon 5, The Black Keys, John Mayer, Widespread Panic, Phoenix, B.B. King, Frank Ocean, Willie Nelson, Band of Horses and Gary Clark Jr. The festival is not sold out.
An AXS TV press release says its partnership with the Jazz Fest gives Mark Cuban a possible opportunity to broadcast other AEG Live promotions.
“With production facilities at AEG’s owned and operated L.A. LIVE (which includes venues such as Staples Center, Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE, Club Nokia and The Grammy Museum’s Clive Davis Theater), as well as their access to their worldwide network of the busiest venues of all sizes,” the release said, “AXS TV has the inside track to programming that connects audiences with the complete live experience.”
Besides appearing on specific cable channels, AXS TV programming, including live Jazz Fest coverage, can be seen On Demand on DirecTV, the Dish Network, Charter and other cable networks besides TWC.
More than 80 music videos were submitted for a chance to play at Tachevah, a Palm Springs block party hosted by Goldenvoice and MyDesert.com
Now it’s your turn to vote!
Voting is open until 5 p.m. PT on Friday, March 22.
Other handy links:
The first Coachella wristband was shipped March 14 (screen grab from Facebook.com)
Goldenvoice pup Goldie delivered the first Coachella wristband today.
All other Coachella wristbands for weekend 1 will be shipped next week, Goldenvoice wrote in a Facebook post on Thursday afternoon.
Weekend 2 wristbands will ship the last week in March.
You should receive an email when your wristband is shipped, so you can track it.
With a Coachella lineup announcement looming — it’s “coming soon,” if you believe one media sponsor — let’s recap one more time who might be on that poster:
Screen grab of kroq.cbslocal.com taken Thursday (Jan. 24, 2013)
“Coachella lineup announcement coming soon,” KROQ splashed on its social media sites today.
The Pasadena-based FM station posted the message across its homepage in bright yellow.
KROQ is a media sponsor of the festival. Goldenvoice has not tweeted about it today, and does not confirm when it is making the announcement.
The same message was posted late this morning on Facebook and Twitter, and the posts have hundreds of likes, retweets and shares from eager festival fans.
SEE WHO’S ALREADY CONFIRMED THEY’RE PLAYING.
With 80 days until Coachella kicks off, Goldenvoice has finally sent the tease that usually precedes an announcement.
The official Coachella account tweeted a 1:42 minute video about 3 p.m. Tuesday.