While it would be easy to mock the now-confirmed Desert Trip “mega festival” as being potentially the most corporate event in live music history, the sheer spectacle of it speaks for itself. This October, deep in the Californian desert on the same site as Coachella, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, The Who and Roger Waters will share the same festival billing.
It’s the Mount Rushmore of music festivals, and in terms of artist size, it outranks pretty much every other line-up ever.
It also breaks new ground in terms of the way festivals are booked. If promoters Goldenvoice can make it work financially, it’s easy to see it setting a precedent for the future – huge heritage artists in their twilight years coming together to play their own massive standalone festivals. You’d imagine Bruce Springsteen, AC/DC, Stevie Wonder, The Kinks, U2 and Madonna might already be clearing their diaries for October 2017. How long it can last, of course, is another question altogether.
But lets not get ahead of ourselves. Here at NME.COM, the story has been insanely popular since we first reported the rumours last month. So now we want to know which of the six music giants confirmed to play you’d be most bothered about seeing. Vote below!
Tickets for Desert Trip go on general sale at 10am next Monday (May 9) via the DesertTrip.com website. Three-day passes range from $399 (£273) general admission to $1,599 (£1,097) for standing pit or reserved grandstand passes.
The day-by-day line-ups for Desert Trip is as below:
The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan (October 7)
Paul McCartney, Neil Young (October 8)
Roger Waters, The Who (October 9)