By: Leslie Sanchez
Coachella is considered, by most, the first premier Indie music festival in the world. The annual music event is held in the Coachella Valley located in the Riverside County city of Indio, near Palm Springs, California. The festival first took place in 1999. This year would’ve been the 21st annual event but due to the fact the festival got cancelled in 2000, this year is officially the 20th year of Coachella. Feature performances from some of music’s biggest stars including Oasis, Jay Z, Lady Gaga, Kanye West, and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers have all taken to the stage in the past.
The festival has proceeded to invite some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry and attracting thousands of people to enjoy the performances every year. This year the festival reveals the headliners: Rage Against the Machine, Travis Scott, and Frank Ocean. This will be Rage Against the Machine’s reunion since their last performance in 2011, Travis Scott’s second Coachella performance since 2017, and Frank Ocean who hasn’t performed on tour since 2017 will finally be making his return to the limelight at Coachella.
Many students at Ayala are planning a visit to the festival due to their interest towards Travis and Frank.
“I am most definitely going to Coachella this year. Frank rarely performs and I cannot miss this opportunity,” said Senior Tony Monroe. Frank Ocean has previously cancelled his appearances at many concerts or fests and rarely performs, which makes him this Coachella’s ‘must-see event’.
“If he does end up canceling or [they] bring out Drake instead, I will cry,” said senior Isabel Frondarina. In explanation, at last year’s Camp Flog Gnaw festival, many were expecting Frank Ocean to be one of the secret headliners, but Drake, one of the biggest artists in the world, came out instead and the crowd booed him off the stage, finishing his set 20 minutes early.
Around 500,000 people attend the festival every year, this year passes for both weekends sold out in just 2 days during the general sale after the lineup was released.
Senior Alyssa Bautista said, “I’m just glad I was able to grab a pass before there was no more. Coachella has a lot of great experiences and it’s great to be able to see so many great artists in just one weekend."