By Monique Clarke |Staff Writer|
Stagecoach Country Music Festival and Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival are two of Southern California’s biggest music festivals that are returning to the Inland Empire this spring.
The Stagecoach 2012 lineup includes performances by country music heavyweights Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Kenny Rogers, The Band Perry and Blake Shelton.
Coachella is in good company too, with acts like The Black Keys, Radiohead, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. Both festivals attract thousands of music lovers throughout the nation.
This year, Stagecoach has expanded their festival and will be adding in an extra day and 400 additional camping spaces. With these drastic changes, Stagecoach will be increasing their revenue dramatically.
Even with the festival’s expansion, Stagecoach general admission tickets were still able to sell out within minutes.
In addition, the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival has added a second weekend to their celebrations. The extra weekend of the event will feature the same outstanding acts of the first weekend.
Coachella organizers made these arrangements because they became aware of how popular and fast their festival tickets have sold out in previous years. Their main goal with this extra weekend is to give as many people the opportunity to experience the festival.
However, even with Coachella duplicating their weekend, all tickets were still sold out within hours. Compared to last year’s festival, which sold out in less than a week, Coachella set another personal sales record.
Many CSUSB students said they were lucky enough to be able to score the coveted spring tickets, more so for the Stagecoach festival than Coachella.
General admission tickets for Coachella sell for three hundred dollars each. On the other hand, general admission tickets for Stagecoach cost around two hundred dollars.
Many sellers on Craigslist, however, have had no problem inflating their ticket prices to make a profit off the fans of these two festivals. Since both festivals have sold out, there have been over a hundred postings on Craigslist and other non-legitimate websites for Stagecoach and Coachella tickets just waiting for those desperate fans to buy into their ticket scams.
Even with Stagecoach and Coachella breaking ticket-selling records with swift time, this is just one example of how popular Stagecoach and Coachella have become in Southern California.