Festivals — May 10, 2016 at 4:39 pm

The biggest rock lineup since Woodstock just sold $150 million tickets in hours


A big headliner can be enough to pull together an average lineup but when you have The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Roger Waters and The Who on the bill, you’d better believe that it is going to sell out.

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And of course it did… In just three hours.


In an attempt to seemingly collect every single aging rock star in existence, Desert Trip have assembled a dream lineup and fans from across the globe enthusiastically snapped up the tickets. The festival, to be held in Indigo, California is held on the same site where Coachella is held each year and will take place Oct. 7 through 9 and 14 through 16. But it’s all academic really, since you (and we) won’t be going.


Rumors of the festival first appeared in April and tour promoter Goldenvoice confirmed the lineup last week. Passes went on sale at published prices ranging from $199 for a one-day pass to $1,599 for VIP access and reserved seats. Premium tickets also went on sale for significantly higher prices through the ticketing agency Viagogo, which was linked off Desert Trip’s website.


In order to accommodate the (let’s face it, clearly anticipated) demand, a second weekend was immediately announced. All in all, the box office gross is likely to reach $150 million according to Billboard. Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, will, by year’s end, stake its claim as the highest-grossing venue in the world, with about $300 million in ticket grosses coming from just five weekends of operation. Not too bad for a few weekend’s work.


For the lucky ones that managed to secure themselves tickets to the lineup of a lifetime, congratulations. For all the rest of us… there’s always next year I guess.