Later this year, one of the biggest festivals of all time will be taking place in California. The line up for Desert Trip boasts a mind-blowing collection of musical heroes including The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan and many more. Find out the full lineup, how to get there and how much you’ll have to pull out of a fruity to afford tickets, travel and more, below. But it’ll be worth it because it is gigantic.
Where is Desert Trip festival?
The festival will take place at the Empire Polo Club in Palm Springs, California, USA – the same site as Coachella, but with a twist.
It’s in the desert though remember, so make sure you pack your hat and some Factor 50 – you’re gonna need it.
When is Desert Trip festival taking place?
The festival takes place over two separate weekends in October.
Weekend One will be on the 7th, 8th and 9th of October 2016.
Weekend Two will be on the 14th, 15th and 16th of October 2016.
What’s the Desert Trip Lineup?
Make sure you’re sitting down. This is how the festival is currently shaping up;
The lineup will be the same for both weekends. We do not know if any additional artists will join the bill just yet – hang tight for any updates.
How do I get tickets for Desert Trip ?
The festival is currently sold out for both weekends. You can buy tickets on second-hand sites like StubHub for the event – but a quick scan suggests you’ll be paying a bit more than face value. They’re currently priced between $199 – $1,599 (£137-£1,108). For example on StubHub, a three day admission pass for Weekend One of the event will set you back $923 (£639), with single day tickets ranging from $500 (£346) upwards.
How much will it cost to go to Desert Trip from the UK?
So let’s say you do decide to splash out on a ticket, because hey, it is one of the biggest music events of all time, after all. Here’s how you do it if you want to go to weekend one.
The closest airport to the festival site is Los Angeles International (LAX). Flights run to LAX direct from London Heathrow only, so if you’re anywhere else in the UK apart from there – you’ll either need to catch a domestic flight or drive to that airport. Currently the average return price on flight comparison site Skyscanner to LAX is £551 – that’ll get you there a day before the festival and return on the Monday following.
Using Travel Supermarket, we found that a car rental would cost an average of $67 (£46) for Thursday until Monday. Other alternative routes from the airport include a bus or taxi shuttle.
Tickets for a three day pass with camping are currently going for a minimum of $923 (£639) on resale sites, so with flights, getting to the site and a ticket for the event for three day camping at the site – you’re currently looking at a grand total of at £1,200 upwards.
This calculation comes without hotels, petrol prices and spending money.
Will Desert Trip be live streamed?
At the moment, we don’t know. The festival has been organised by the people behind Coachella, who this year live streamed pretty much the entire festival via YouTube. Whether this will apply to ‘Oldchella’ is up in the air.
What have the bands said about it?
Speaking to Postmedia Network, The Who’s Roger Daltery said “It’s a fantastic idea for a festival. It’s the greatest remains of our era.” He added, “I hope a lot of normal fans can get tickets before they get snatched up,”.
Neil Young’s manager Elliot Roberts said “It’s so special in so many ways. You won’t get a chance to see a bill like this, perhaps ever again. It’s a show I look forward to more than any show in a long time.”
Safe to say, everyone seems pretty up for this one.
What will the weather be like?
Being in California, there will likely be a healthy amount of sunshine. Average temperatures for California in October peak at 25°C in the Palm Springs area and typically has lows of 9°C.
If you have any further questions, head to the official Desert Trip site.