Little Did You Know: 5 Coachella Facts

February 1, 2017

FM 949 is pretty synonymous with Coachella, and it makes sense. Regardless if you're an Indio rookie, or a hardened vet, here's 5 facts about the festival that you might not know.


1. Thank Eddie:


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Eddie Vedder and the guys from Pearl Jam proved that the Empire Polo Fields in Indio (the site of Coachella and it's sister-event Stagecoach) was a viable destination for a giant concert, drawing over 20,000 fans to a November 3rd, 1993 show. Since Goldenvoice owner Paul Tollett and his company booked the venue for PJ, the seed was planted for larger scale events at the site.


2. A More Peaceful Woodstock:

Tickets for the inaugural Coachella went on sale just days after the disastrous Woodstock '99, which was anything but three days of peace, as despite a lineup that featured Aerosmith, Bush, Foo Fighters, Ice Cube, Korn, Metallica, Rage Against the Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and The Offspring, the festival was wrought with arson, theft, looting, violence, and other mayhem. Seeing the struggles inherent in putting on such a large scale festival, the organizers made sure the experience for Coachella concertgoers was top-notch. Each year, the festival has grown, improved, and expanded to the event we know today.


3. Perry Power:

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The Jane's Addiction front man is more recognized for his role in creating Lollapalooza, but you might not know that Ferrell holds the title of most Coachella performances with 12, the first of which came in 2001 with a reunited Jane's Addiction. 


4. Single Day tickets for the first Coachella were just $50:

The first Coachella weekend was October 9th and 10th, 1999, and $50 got you in the door for either day to see Beck, The Chemical Brothers, Tool, Morrissey, Rage Against the Machine, Moby, and more. They even threw in free parking, and a bottle of water. Although the price tag has gone up, the Coachella experience has expanded and improved over the last two decades.


5. Recycle. Reduce. Reuse:

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The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is just that, a festival celebrating great music, and cool art... but did you know that for the first few incarnations of Coachella, most of the art was recycled from the prior year's Burning Man? Once profits increased, along with budgets, the festival began to morph into the unique canvas for the interactive pieces and installations we know and love. 


Stay tuned for more info on #Coachella2017, including MORE facts you probably didn't know!