Over the weekend, the first edition of Desert Trip took place in Indio, California – at the same site as Coachella Festival.
Boasting headlines sets from Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Paul McCartney, The Who and Roger Waters, the average age of performers was 72, and the tickets were priced for rich, older fans too. In the event, the audience skewed much older than your typical festival, but that didn’t mean it was a pipe-and-slippers affair. On the contrary, the audience seemed determined to prove that the Woodstock spirit lives on.
Mick Jagger got in on the joke
The Rolling Stones frontman found time in their set to have a laugh about it all. He told the crowd: “Tonight we’re not going to do any age jokes or anything, OK? Welcome to the Palm Springs retirement home for gentle English musicians”.
There were moshpits
I love Oldchella pic.twitter.com/SiJM81GAPS
— Andrea Domanick (@AndreaDomanick) October 8, 2016
Punters took ownership of the ‘Oldchella’ hashtag
sue livin it up at oldchella:,) pic.twitter.com/tLocFQ0U89
— kakes (@raylakobbins) October 10, 2016
Roger Waters stuck it to the man
There was a lot of, er, sharing…
The old people in front of me sharing their joints with strangers gives me life #DesertTrip
— Justine Morris (@Justine_Morris) October 9, 2016
this is the best music festival ever, there's thousands of shirtless drunk old people it's so great #DesertTrip
— brainz and-ooze (@BrenadrylAndooz) October 9, 2016
This dude rocked the best T-Shirt of the weekend
Sounds like everyone had a blast
DESERT TRIP IS A LOT OF OLD WHITE PEOPLE ON DRUGS ND A LOT OF OFF BEAT CLAPPING
— CODE ZERO (@codezeromusic) October 8, 2016