The highly anticipated Coachella lineup is out, featuring headliners AC/DC, Jack White and Drake. But music lovers aren’t sold on this year’s roster.
“I don’t know, this doesn’t blow me away compared to other lineups I’ve seen,” said Scott Oller of San Francisco.
“Drake? I don’t know about Drake,” said Anthony Vivian of Palm Springs.
“AC/DC is headlining? That’s kind of awful,” said David Matthews of San Francisco.
“It’s not Coachella music,” said Erin Escalante of Palm Springs. “I don’t think Drake fits that category.”
The two Coachella weekends last year brought in a record $78 million, according to Billboard. But some people say this year’s lineup assures they won’t be shelling out the $375 for a general admission wristband.
“I think it’s worth the experience but not the music,” said Angie Sapienza of Palm Springs.
“I had a savings account all put away for Coachella and I’m kind of sad about it,” Escalante said.
“If I had a free ticket I would definitely go,” Vivian said.
MIX 100.5 radio personalities Brian “Stage” Garris and Mozingo say the problem for die-hard music fans is as the festival gets more popular, it strays from its origins as a major source of underground music.
“It’s not really what they’re used to. It’s a little more mainstream,” Garris said.
Garris and Mozingo predict the demand for wristbands may not be as high this year and more people might try to re-sell passes, or attend just for the social aspect.
“The early bird ticket was silly,” Mozingo said. “I couldn’t buy it just with the promise of a really good lineup, but if you’re going for the party you’ll be happy either way.”