One of my co-workers announced today that Coachella was already sold out. This is a bit of a freak occurrence – usually the festival doesn’t sell out until almost the week before the show (and even then, that was for Radiohead). Now, while I admit that there are some very good bands this year, is it really enough of a draw to sell out the festival for all three days? I’m sure that a RATM reunion is going to kick some major ass, but do Rage draw the crowd they used to in the good ol’ 90s?
So the question is, why is Coachella sold out? The going hypotheses:
a) Overpurchase by scalpers of 3 day passes, which is why the weekend passes sold out
b) Not all the tickets have been released yet. If asked to guess, I’d go with probably half to one third of the total tickets being held back. That way, when the rest ARE released, the festival WILL sell out quickly, guaranteeing Goldenvoice their quota.
c) Maybe the festival is just that mainstream now?
Guesses from the peanut gallery?