Coachella 2004 by Jay Blakesberg
Expect music fans to head to the Southern California desert for the sixth COACHELLA MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL in Indio. Concert-goers will have the chance to see performances from Coldplay, Nine Inch Nails, Bauhaus, New Order, Weezer, Bright Eyes, Cocteau Twins, The Chemical Brothers, Wilco, Prodigy and a Gang of Four reunion (the complete line-up--as of 1/31--is listed below). Returning COACHELLA performers include: Bright Eyes, Café Tacuba, The Chemical Brothers, DJ Peretz, Eisley, Hernan Cattaneo, Prodigy, Roni Size, Sage Francis and Weezer. The Chemical Brothers and Prodigy will perform their sets in the Sahara Tent (the largest of the dance tents at the festival).

Tickets for Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1 go on sale this Saturday, February 5 at 12 Noon. More than 90 acts will perform this year, marking the largest collection of artists at the critically acclaimed festival. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster charge-by-phone lines at (213) 480-3232 and at all Ticketmaster retail ticket centers or via General admission tickets are priced at $80.00 for a one-day ticket and $150.00 for two-day pass, plus applicable service charges and a $1 donation per day for charity. Note that there is an eight ticket limit per person. In the Coachella festival tradition, there is free parking and the doors to the venue will open at 11:00 AM on both days. Parking lots and the box office open at 9:00 AM.

In addition, camping will go sale at the same time and is available for anyone 18 and over. The cost is $35 for a three-night stay (Friday, April 29 at 3:00 PM through Monday, May 2 at 10:00 AM). The campground facilities will include a general store, food court, restrooms, showers and shade areas. The COACHELLA campground is conveniently located adjacent to the festival grounds and campers may park in a special camping parking lot next to the campground. Parking is included with the price of each camping ticket.

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The COACHELLA MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL line-up (as of 1/31) is as follows:

Saturday, April 30th: Coldplay, Bauhaus, Weezer, Cocteau Twins, The Chemical Brothers, Wilco, Keane, Snow Patrol, Rilo Kiley, Cafe Tacuba, Doves, Sage Francis, Armin Van Buuren, The Raveonettes, Bloc Party, Mercury Rev, Fantomas, Hernan Cattaneo, Zap Mama, DJ Peretz, The Secret Machines, Jamie Cullum, M83, Ambulance LTD, Four Tet, MF Doom, Josh Wink, Amp Fiddler, Tiga, The Kills, Donavon Frankenreiter, Spoon, Boom Bip, Katie Melua, DJ Marky, Immortal Technique, Jean Grae, Razorlight, Swayzak, Radio 4, Buck 65, Eisley, The Sexy Magazines, k-os.

Sunday, May 1st: Nine Inch Nails, New Order, Bright Eyes, Gang of Four, Prodigy, Black Star, The Faint, Roni Size, The Arcade Fire, Roots Manuva, DJ Krush, Thrice, Junkie XL, M.I.A., British Sea Power, The Dresden Dolls, Miss Kittin, The Fiery Furnaces, Aesop Rock, The Perceptionists, Jem, Autolux, Sixtoo, Tegan and Sara, Stereophonics, The Bravery, Matthew Dear, Diplo, Subtle, Beans, Shout Out Louds, The Futureheads, Sloan, Kasabian, The Blood Brothers, Matmos, Wolf Eyes, Gram Rabbit, Smokestacks, Zion I.

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