The Rise of the Music Festival Ticket

Just as the Internet changed the recording industry, music festivals have altered the course of concert tours. Of course, music festivals are no new initiative. I imagine if I were to be transported back to the Dark Ages I could walk into a town square in the middle of summer and enjoy a day of merry fueled by mead and live music from a number of local groups. Heck, Woodstock (the original) seemed the pinnacle of the live music experience in the 20th century.

Yet, post-Woodstock the music festival seemed a novelty. Sure Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, and Neil Young collaborated to develop Farm Aid in the mid-1980s. But far and wide music festivals seemed the territory of county fears and civic events like Chicago’s Bluesfest. They certainly attracted millions, but the buzz surrounding these free events now come in second to the national frenzy of private-run music festivals. They include Lollapalooza, Coachella, Bonnaroo, Summerfest, and many, many more.

The website Festival Finder claims there are 2,500 music festivals every year in North America. They celebrate every music genre imaginable, from alternative to children’s music to marching band. The bigger events last a weekend or two and attract huge names. No longer are music festivals the destinations of duo wop bands surviving on nostalgia and up-and-coming country acts.

Instead, new indie rock bands appreciate the opportunity to play before thousands instead of gravitating to a series of cramped clubs. Major label recording artists still topping the Billboard charts like to kick off world tours with an appearance at these as if they are shots of adrenaline for the long haul. Groups reuniting can play before the same thousands and attract those who enjoy the nostalgia of the hits from the 1980s and the youth intrigued to see if the group has grown musically.

From an industry POV, these are perhaps the safest venues in which to promote. There is a captivated audience wandering the grounds waiting to rock out or fighting the urge to pass out before the evening’s headliner. As the new music junkie is no longer limited to the radio, this is the only way to ensure the group plays before people with little option to listen, if at least for the time it takes to navigate the swelling crowds of beach blankets.

These events sell out quickly, whether they are offering three-day passes, single-day passes, or a combination of both. It is at these times it is best to turn to sites like OnlineSeats. Next month’s Coachella Music Festival is already sold out, but we have three-day pass tickets for a mere $213. The same goes for the other big names – Bonnaroo, Summerfest, and Lollapalooza.

Where to Get Coachella Tickets After the Presale

Music festival season has now officially kicked off with the announcement of the three-day lineup (to be performed in two successive weekends) at Coachella in 2012. Coachella tickets go on sale today, with two separate three-day passes, from April 13-15, 2012 and from April 20-22, 2012.

The first night of each weekend, the Black Keys are headlining with the Swedish House Mafia playing a close second as the indie dance music fans choice. Radiohead headlines Day Two, with Bon Iver playing for those aware of up-and-coming groups, the Shins appealing to those who were indie music fans at the turn of the century, and David Guetta appealing to hip hop dance fans across the world. Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg will end the weekend along with Florence and the Machines. The farther you delve into the lineups the more it becomes clear that this art and music festival is as dedicated to appeasing hipsters from every decade.

This presale is going to sellout quickly, as it does every year. There are only 75,000 tickets made available per night, so there is more than enough demand for indie music fans throughout the country, despite the economic climate. Last year, Coachella ticket sales totaled $23 million and the year before they totaled $21.7 million.

For those fans who are not able to take advantage of the presale, there is the secondary ticket market. OnlineSeats has the very best prices on these music festival tickets, so if you are too late for the presale, take a look at our stock of tickets and enjoy the three-day event of a lifetime.

Miss Pop Tart?s Survival Guide for those Lucky Ladies with Coachella Tickets

Ah, Springtime….birds are chirping, the sun is shining, that guy you have been crushing on since November casually mentions that he has two Coachella tickets and has no clue who to give the other one to….would you be interested? HELL YES! Cupid will surely be in Indio this summer, along with Vampire Weekend, Muse, and a bunch of other acts ranging from DEVO to De La Soul… it will be AMAZING!

Then it hits you: What in the hell does one WEAR to a festival (where it is hot, you will be outside all day, and you WILL want to dance) and still remain stylish? Listen to Miss Pop Tart, a Coachella veteran.

Dresses are your friend. Especially cotton, preferably with pockets (but we can’t have everything, now can we?) I recommend Maxi dresses, as you can sit on the ground, perfectly comfortably, and still be ladylike.

Get one of those sport bag cinch back pack things. Hate the logo? Don’t feel like advertising someone’s brand? Flip it where it is against your back. What goes in the bag? A folding fan, a parasol, sunscreen, water, sunglasses and lip gloss. (Trust me on this – the parasol and fan will make you one of the most popular people there – everyone will want in on the shade and breeze. It might even be enough to make Mr. “I have Coachella Tickets if you want to go” ask if you want to get some Bonnaroo tickets, too! )

Have a FABulous time!

Miss Pop Tart