Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival

Have you booked your Coachella trip yet? If you’re a master procrastinator, like moi, then the answer is, “Of course not.” However, given the fact that the full line-up for this year’s Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival (April 17 – 19) has just been announced, I feel it’s my duty to urge you to get on that, like, today. Airplane tix to Palm Springs (the closest airport to Indio, Calif., where the Empire Polo Field is located) are only going to go up—
today they were $300 and change from NYC. Then there is the issue of accommodations, transportation, and of course, the tickets themselves.

There are just too many great acts to miss this year, particularly headliners Paul McCartney (in his first U.S. festival performance), The Killers, and The Cure, whom I’ve seen in concert but would gladly pay to see again. As for Latin acts, I’m excited to check out Bajofondo and Molotov on the first night, Calexico on the second, and Mexican Institute of Sound on the third, not to mention all the other acts, from Amy Winehouse to Felix Da Housecat (130+ total) that will make the tenth anniversary of the festival a big blow-out.

Since no one is really trying to drop $300 on a concert these days, the good folks at Coachella have come up with a layaway plan. That’s right, layaway, but this only applies to the weekend passes. Check out the math:

Three-day weekend passes are $269.00 +$3 charity + $9 facility fee. Layaway options are available online ONLY through February 28 and break down as follows:

50% down: this payment option allows purchasers to pay a 50% deposit of the total order now, with the remaining 50% automatically deducted April 1
3-payment plan: purchasers initially pay 10% of the total order, with the remaining amounts automatically deducted in equal payments on March 1 and April 1.