Phish ushers in changes for this year’s Coachella

14 Apr

If you’re attending Coachella this year, you might notice a few changes. Unlike years past, festival organizers are allowing fans to exit and re-enter the festival as often as they like, great news for anyone with a tent or RV that plans to attend the April 16-18 event. (Venues Today will have its own 31-foot rig at this year’s event).

The other big change is that fans must buy a three-day pass to attend the outdoor festival — for the first time ever, single day tickets are not available. It’s a system that allows fans to leave and reenter the Polo Fields without a lot of confusion.

The inspiration for this year’s change? Organizer Paul Tollett recently told the San Diego Union Tribune that he got the idea during the Halloween Phish festival, where the legendary jam rock band insisted organizers only sell three-day passes, with in-and-out privileges. Tollett said he was also more conscious of protecting the area’s limited supply of hotel rooms.

“In the past, we’ve had people who would only go to one day of the festival but get hotel rooms for three nights, because they had to, and then spend the other two days vacationing in the valley, which is a great thing to do,” Tollett said in the article.“But we’d rather it not be during that weekend. We’d rather have the hotels be available for the people who come to the (entire) festival.”


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