Cochella 2017


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Festival goers seen at Coachella Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on Sunday, April 16, 2017, in Indio, Calif. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP)

The start of spring means three things for California natives and everyone around the globe: flip flops, mosquitoes, and Coachella. As the spring season comes out of its long lived slumber, music artists rise with it and prepare for the long awaited music festival.

Coachella, the popular music festival that takes place each spring, will occur over two weekends, April 21-23 and the 14-16. Coachella 2017 has a lineup that includes various artists ranging from rap to indie, and includes some of the most popular artists of today, namely Kendrick Lamar, Grouplove, Lorde, DJ Snake, Radiohead and Bon Iver.

The prices for tickets vary, ranging from $399 for general admission to $899 for VIP passes per day. Tickets went on sale January 4 at 11 a.m. and supposedly sold out within three hours. Although tickets can no longer be found on the Coachella website, they can still be found on a few others on a first come first serve basis.

Coachella began in 1999 when music producers Paul Tollet and Rick van Santen came up with the idea of merging various music genres in order to create a festival that reached audiences with all music tastes. The festival has grown in popularity within its 18 years of existence and now is attended by 99,000 people each year.

As years have passed, the festival has shifted from an entirely music based festival to one involving fashion and parties. Fashion directors of large companies such as Neiman Marcus and H&M hold large pool parties and lounges in hotel entrances in order to advertise their companies.

Beyoncé was set to perform at Coachella, but due to her pregnancy had to cancel. Lady Gaga, who recently performed at the Super Bowl, is scheduled to take her allotted performance time. Other changes in the schedule have not been announced at this time.