Coachella organisers get permission to stage two more festivals

Promoters Goldenvoice will put on two extra events in California in the Autumn

Coachella organisers get permission to stage two more festivals

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The organisers of Coachella festival have secured permission to stage two further festivals.

The council in Indio, California where Coachella is staged every year, have approved a proposal by promotion company Goldenvoice which will see two extra concerts take place every Autumn. The extra concerts will see one 75,000 capacity show and a second show with a capacity of 99,000 though no specific details have been announced yet.

Coachella currently runs over two consecutive weekends in April and Goldenvoice also promote the three-day Stagecoach country music festival. The Los Angeles Times reports that the two extra festivals they now have permission for will see Indio make around £1.8 million. The town currently makes £909,816 per annum from Coachella and Stagecoach, with both events worth £58.5m to the local economy as a whole.

"Our tourist season begins in October and ends in April, so to begin with two festivals and end with three more would bookend nicely," said Dan Martinez, Indio city manager. "It has huge support on a city level. It really impacts our community greatly. Many people would like to see the number of festivals expand."

Blur and The Stone Roses will headline this year's Coachella Festival alongside Phoenix and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Also performing at the bash, which runs over two consecutive weekends between April 12-14 and April 19-21, will be Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Johnny Marr, Lou Reed, Modest Mouse and Jake Bugg. The xx, Postal Service, Sigur Ros, New Order, Hot Chip, Grizzly Bear, Two Door Cinema Club, Biffy Clyro, Foal, Franz Ferdinand, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Vampire Weekend, Jessie Ware, Tame Impala, James Blake and Grimes will appear too.

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