As the first weekend of the Desert Trip begins, it's not too late to buy tickets. And on the secondary market, you'll likely find bargain prices for the rock-n-roll music festival.
When tickets for Desert Trip first went on sale in May, they sold out in just a few hours. With a lineup that includes legendary names like The Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney, the high demand for tickets seemed appropriate, even at prices that many deemed expensive.
However, the festival released extra tickets in late September. Now, tickets on the secondary market are available for as low as half the original cost.
While Desert Trip takes place at the same location at Coachella, Empire Polo Field, the lineup is absent of artists like Calvin Harris and A$AP Rocky. Instead, the festival boasts a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the biggest names of classic rock on a single stage.
Essentially, it's a Coachella for people who grew up with those artists -- or as many have nicknamed it, "OldChella." But while the audience might skew older, the headliners, some of the most influential names in music ever, are sure to attract younger generations as well.
Setting music festival records
The LA Times reported that "OldChella" will be "the most lucrative music festival on record." It's expected to take in $160 million.
"We wanted to keep the GA price at Coachella's price point," founder Paul Tollett told Billboard. However, the festival also offered reserved floor seats at higher prices, perhaps appealing most to older festival attendees who don't want to (or physically can't) spend the entire time standing in a crowd.
Some have criticized Desert Trip for being money hungry, saying that the high prices go against the essence of rock-n-roll.
Tickets on secondary markets
Scalpers jumped at the opportunity to make money off of Desert Trip, but Bloomberg reported on Wednesday that tickets on secondary markets are selling for much less than they might have expected.
A three-day general admission pass for the first weekend cost $399 through the official Desert Trip website. Now you can grab one on StubHub for under $150.
While those who found the original ticket price too expensive may be excited for the lower prices, scalpers could end up disappointed that their speculation didn't pay off.
Food and art at Desert Trip
With only two bands performing each day, Desert Trip is offering up many other ways to pass the time. If you saved money buying tickets on StubHub, you might want to add on the "Culinary Experience." For $499, you'll enjoy all-inclusive food and drink from top chefs, expert sommeliers, and mixology masters.
There's also the Desert Trip Photography Experience, which will showcase rare images from the glory days of rock-n-roll. The festival is billing the 36,000-square-foot exhibit as "a once-in-a-lifetime look at six of rock's biggest acts."
This is the type of festival where it actually makes sense to go with your parents.
The campgrounds opened Thursday night, and some are expecting a tamer crowd than Coachella.
It's likely many people who have previously attended Coachella will also be at Desert Trip.
The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan will open the festival both weekends, followed by Paul McCartney and Neil Young on Saturday night and Roger Waters and The Who on Sunday night.
Desert Trip is a dream come true to some, but for others, they'd honestly rather see Kanye. Where do you stand on the lineup?
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