This Is What Desert Trip Would Look Like If It Happened In 1976

This October, the organisers behind Coachella are bringing some of music’s biggest living legends to Indio, California for the inaugural edition of Desert Trip festival. But what would the event look like if it had happened 40 years ago? Cooler, that’s what.

Rolling Stones At Knebworth

In 1976, The Rolling Stones were promoting their 13th studio album ‘Black And Blue’, and rocking some killer satin trousers.

Bob Dylan At “The Last Waltz”

Bob Dylan headed out on the Rolling Thunder Revue tour in 1976, taking a caravan full of musicians like Joan Baez and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott across the south of America.

Neil Young

Will Neil Young play a half acoustic, half electric set at Desert Trip? He and his band Crazy Horse did that at some shows during ’76 where they also added elongated jams to songs like ‘Cowgirl In The Sand’.


“Wings” Performing In Los Angeles

Paul McCartney wasn’t really playing solo in the ’70s, but he had formed Wings and begun touring with his post-Beatles band. Here, he would have been on the Wings Across The World tour, which ran from August 1975 to October 1976.

The Who Performing In Florida

The Who spent most of 1976 promoting their ‘The Who By Numbers’ album. They visited America three times over eight months, as well as touring the UK and Europe.

Photo of Roger WATERS and PINK FLOYD

In 1976, in-ear monitors were still a mere spark in some technologically-minded genius’ eye. Instead, Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters had to contend with the curly lead of his giant headphones. Looks kind of cool, but must have been a nightmare to get tangled up in.