Guess What We’ve Got Tickets To?

FRIDAY APRIL 16: Jay-Z, LCD Soundsystem, Them Crooked Vultures, Vampire Weekend, Deadmau5, Public Image Limited, The Specials, Grizzly Bear, Passion Pit, Echo and the Bunnymen, Benny Benassi, Fever Ray, Grace Jones, She & Him, Erol Alkan, The Avett Brothers, Calle 13, The Whitest Boy Alive, The Cribs, La Roux, Yeasayer, Lucero, DJ Lance Rock, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Proxy, Ra Ra Riot, Deer Tick, Wolfgang Gartner, Aeroplane, Iglu & Hartly, Sleigh Bells, P.O.S., Baroness, Hockey, Little Dragon, White Rabbits, Wale, Kate Miller-Heidke, As Tall as Lions, Jets Overhead, Alana Grace, Pablo Hassan.

SATURDAY, APRIL 17: Muse, Faith No More, Tiësto, MGMT, David Guetta, The Dead Weather, Hot Chip, Devo, Coheed and Cambria, Kaskade, 2Many DJ’s, Major Lazer, Dirty Projectors, Gossip, Z-Trip, The xx, John Waters, Les Claypool, The Raveonettes, Mew, Sia, Camera Obscura, Tokyo Police Club, Porcupine Tree, Old Crow Medicine Show, Aterciopalados, Bassnectar, Frightened Rabbit, Dirty South, Flying Lotus, Corinne Bailey Rae, Pretty Lights, Shooter Jennings, RX Bandits, The Almighty Defenders, Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros, Craze & Klever, Zoe, The Temper Trap, Portugal. The Man, Band of Skulls, Girls, Beach House, Steel Train, Frank Turner.

SUNDAY, APRIL 18: Gorillaz, Pavement, Thom Yorke????, Phoenix, Orbital, Spoon, Sly and the Family Stone, De La Soul, Julian Casablancas, Plastikman, Gary Numan, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Sunny Day Real Estate, Yo La Tengo, MUTEMATH, Deerhunter, Infected Mushroom, Club 75, Matt & Kim, The Big Pink, Gil Scott-Heron, King Khan and the Shrines, Florence and the Machine, Yann Tiersen, Little Boots, Miike Snow, Talvin Singh, Ceu, B.o.B., Babasonicos, Owen Pallett, The Glitch Mob, Mayer Hawthorne, Local Natives, Rusko, The Middle East, Hadouken!, The Soft Pack, Kevin Devine, Paparazzi, Delphic, One EskimO.

Yeah. So. Wanna go to Coachella? Goldenvoice has given me a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky winner. They’re good for the whole three-day festival. To win, you must marshal all the social media at your command & tell your friends to come here to this post & leave a comment, begging, demanding, or crafting an elaborate sob story commanding my attention. They can cut a video & leave me a youtube link; link to their blog post telling me how your therapist thinks you should get tickets for your mental health; draw me a picture & post it to flickr. They have an incentive, of course, because then you might take them with you. I won’t automatically assign the tix to the person with the most friends commenting, of course; inbound links, twitter searches, etc will all factor in, plus creativity and how sorry I feel for you.

123 thoughts on “Guess What We’ve Got Tickets To?”

  1. OMG! I saw the perverse things said on that shorts and pants site. FOR SHAME, DATA!!! COMMUNIST!!!

  2. When I think about the person who most deserves free concert tickets, the name Heather Johnson comes immediately to mind. Not only is Heather Johnson an avid fan of music, especially the as a live concert, but she–Heather Johnson–is a good person. She should be rewarded for her benevolence. By giving Heather Johnson free tickets, you promote a culture of good and compassion.

    Thank you for your time.

  3. Heather Johnson should definitely win these tickets, because she gave herself food poisoning with an old package of frozen spinach last night. If that isn’t sad and worthy of some Coachella cheering up, well, I don’t know what it.

  4. But seriously, what are all these 14 year olds doing up after 10pm? Something tells me a little more church, and a little less music would be good for them.

    And this Dana character needs professional help.

  5. DANA. DANA must win the tix. I see great things for all humanity should DANA win Coachella tix. Trucknutz also.

  6. lucinda, you know my dad hes frazgo fraz, he knows jack an can verify that yes he is 14 years old. These other people are just shamefully trying to discredit him, please put jack into consideration, i would give up seeing my bf if jack could get to coachella, that’s how much i want to see him happy and coachella is the only way

  7. btw my bf’s in the marines, and i never get to see him, so me giving that up is huge! but jack is like a little brother and his love and talent for music is incredible.

  8. “Welcome to my world Johnson, i suggest allowing your sexuality to overcome you and acting completely without remorse or consideration for anyone or anything during the day and night, then in the morning reverting to a consciously naive state in which you declare you had no idea what you were doing and are filled with complete distress and sorrow because of your actions. Calling Christina is key to this part. I don’t know, it works for me. The role of the stupid apologetic whore is a tough one to play, but I’ve found it fulfilling in my few short months of experience playing it. In any case, remember that every interesting person in history worth noting has been a type of whore. Whores are what make the world go round. There is nothing wrong with being a whore, the world needs whores like you Johnson; slutty, trashy, tramps who are willing to degrade themselves whenever given the chance, simply for the fun of it. And remember: screw the blondes, whores have more fun.”

  9. Heather is a wonderful, fantastic, amazing person!!!

    Oh and she’s really creative and funny!

    “Christina is very vivacious and pretty and determined, and a little bit scary in a Hitler-esque way, except for that whole anti-Semitism thing. Christina is a little scary in a she could potentially take over the world kind of way.”
    — Heather Johnson

  10. I would like to say a few words about the Balder family and why Jack should receive these tickets. I have know Jack’s parents for 20 years and they live for there boys. Their lives revolve around them. With Jack’s father traveling for his job so much the time they do get to spend together is spent doing the one thing they love the most MUSIC! If it were in there power to get the tickets themselves they would have already done so. Please give Jack the tickets so he can continue the father son tradition that they have enjoyed for the last few years.

  11. You should give those tickets to Jack Balder. He’s only 14 and needs to go. His parents don’t have the money to send him and that would be a huge tragedy. The fact that he’s a 14 year old male puts him
    in the prime record buying demographic to continue supporting the bands playing the festival this year for many years to come. So by giving these tickets to Jack Balder, you are not only helping him, but you are
    also helping the bands who are playing the festival by exposing them to their prime demographic.
    Win win!!!



  12. How can you say no to a glittery blingee? I’m a 24 year old girl and I’ve only gone to Coachella once because it basically costs as much as my student loan payments and there’s that thing called rent, and food, that also tragically forces me to not do awesome things like experience live music festivals with any sort of regularity.

  13. a kid like jack has years and years to go to this event. Heather? well…

    please let Heather have these tickets. Giving them to someone else would strain fairness. i can say no more.

  14. Seriously, you should give these tickets to Heather Johnson. Because honestly, she probably deserves them more than anyone else who has commented on here. Yes, Jack is 14, but he’s still growing and Coachella will come back. Heather’s 24, and she’s growing fast. Soon she won’t even have time for Coachella, let alone her own life with all the little ones running around. She recycles. She raises money for cancer. Do you see Jack doing that? No. What difference has Jack made for cancer research? Do you think Jack will appreciate the music, have as much fun, and have as much freedom at Coachella as Heather will? I highly doubt that. Heather can stay out past 10pm, because she doesn’t have to be in bed by 10pm. She can, and will appreciate the tickets more than Jack ever will. And she even had a LEGO comic made about how she deserves the tickets. Do you REALLY want a shark to infest mankind? For the sake of staving off a shark attack, AND for realizing who deserves the tickets more, give them to Heather Johnson. Please. I implore you.

  15. Please pick Heather Johnson. she’s a blogger who has contributed to the city with her witty reviews of food, wine, clothing and beer. She has literally built part of the city while working for the LA transportation department. She is responsible for making public transportation cool and convenient for dozens of people who took to her example (like me). She is so LA that she can’t even conceive the sight of snow. She is so LA that she prefers LA to New York. She is so So-Cal that she went to So Cal and marched in the Rose Parade four times! Please give her the tickets because this city should reward her wonderful contributions!

  16. Who introduced her friends to Coachella? Who turned her high school of pop lovers into a collection of Indy rock lovers? Who played on a band that once appeared on a Fleetwood Mac CD? Who was a member of the Cal State LA Honor Band?

    one answer:

    Heather Johnson

  17. Heather Johnson is clearly the most deserving person here. She’s so passionate about these tickets that she’s inspired an army of people to comment here. She also does charity work (she really does!), which is more than most of us take the time to do. If you don’t give the tickets to Heather, it would be an injustice on par with the Sacco and Vanzetti verdict. Look it up.

    Heather Johnson, FTW!

  18. As an active member of Colleges Against Cancer, I would just like to say that Heather Johnson is an excellent fundraiser for Relay for Life. She helps the American Cancer Society by fundraising so they can actively try to find a cure for cancer. She has also worked for LADT. Her work for LADT has helped many people who would otherwise not get around as easily have the option of getting around. Personally, being a poor college student without a car, I wouldn’t have gotten around as easily if it weren’t for the LADT. Heather has helped me out of many tricky situations, gotten me home when I was lost and didn’t know which bus to take. She tries her best to help anyone she can. She deserves having something in return for all the great work that she’s done.

    Heather Johnson deserves these tickets!

  19. My lords! My ladies —

    And everybody else here NOT sitting on a cushion:
    Today, today, you find yourselves equals.
    For you are all equally blessed.
    For I have the pride, the privilege, nay, the pleasure
    Of introducing to you a woman, sired by music lovers,
    A woman who can trace her lineage back beyond Elvis Presley.
    I first met her atop a mountain near Woodstock,
    Praying to Hendrix,
    Asking His forgiveness,
    For the alcohol spilt by her “axe”.
    Next, she amazed me still further in New Jersey
    When she saved a fatherless man-boy
    From the would-be ravishings
    Of a truly awful Guidette.
    In The City of the Angels, she spent a year in silence
    Just to better understand the sound of a guitar chord.
    And so, without further gilding the lily,
    And with no more ado,
    I give to you the Seeker of Serenity,
    The Protector of Italian Virginity,
    The Enforcer of our Lord God,
    the One —
    The Only —


  20. I went to college and roomed with Jack Balder’s father, Mike. The kid needs the tickets cuz, trust me, it’s the only shot he has at a somewhat normal childhood. I don’t know the majority of the bands listed above [I’m sure Jack does,] but I do know that a grizzly bear, a frightened rabbit and deer tick combined would make a better father figure than Mike.

    Sure, his Mom does her best, between prison stays, but poor Jack is mostly left to fend for himself. The survival skills, alone, that he’s acquired at past Coachellas will stand the lad well in the future. You just never know when you’ll need the skills of pushing your way through a crowd of stoners, or pissing out the window of a moving car. The boy has come a long way, but his education is not complete. One more Coachella just might do it.

    Yes, Jack’s story is a common one: boy raised amongst wolves, or in this case the wolf-laden wasteland that is southern California. But, do not snuff this young man’s dreams of becoming a tatoo artist for mimes, he can make it if you’ll only share the bounty that is 2 tickets to Coachella, or as Eddie Money once sang: two tickets to paradise.

    I implore you, give the tickets to Jack Balder!

    PS. OK, Jack, where’s the Xbox you owe me?

  21. i was alone in my one man wolfpack until i was joind by FOURTEEN year old jack balder who definatley deserves these tickets because he’s been tellling me about how much fun he had at it the last couple years since i met him this summer

  22. I am a team captain on the cross country team with Jack Balder, and I have gotten to know him, and I know that he’s a great kid. He always has a smile on his face, and he helps his fellow freshmen with things like the warm up drills we do every day before practice. He and his dad are extremely involved with the cross country team, and they are part of an awesome family. I am not going to lower myself, as some of you have, to the point of degrading the “competition”, or lie and make up a sob story about Jack. His reasons for deserving these tickets should stand on their own, without having to insult everyone else needlessly or lie about them. He talks about Coachella constantly, and if nothing else, his zeal for life and his passion for music certainly make him deserving of these tickets. Thanks! :)

  23. Jack’s our boy. Let’s do the right a href=””>thing.

  24. I have one last thing to say for now. If metblogs gives me the tickets I will do a write up on the festival for metblogs LA.

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