Coachella to Become a Five Weekend Festival?

More changes coming to Coachella? Possibly.

According to reports from The Desert Sun, Goldenvoice, the company behind Coachella and Stagecoach, has laid down a proposal that could expand the event to include up to five festival weekends per year. Three festivals would take place over consecutive weekends in the spring and two over consecutive weekends in the fall. Goldenvoice is also asking for an increase in capacity for existing events and a boost in the amount of land used.

The highly popular Coachella is currently a two weekend festival, with identical lineups performing at each weekend. This year’s festival drew out 80,000 people and tickets for next year’s event are priced at $349 for the weekend.

The expansion proposal is currently under consideration by the city council of Indio, the home for Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. However, the proposal is somewhat surprising given the recent scuffle between Goldenvoice and Indio. In early July, we reported that the concert company was seriously considering leaving Indio if the city went through with a proposal to increase ticket taxes.

This isn’t the only time Goldenvoice has tried to expand Coachella’s overall presence. The festival has its own cruise, the S.S. Coachella, which will set sail this December and make two voyages, first to the Bahamas and then to Jamaica.

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