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Musing Coachella; a word on tickets for this weekend’s 3-day musical circus and headliners you can skip.

Word is the festival is very close to selling out. According to organizers, single day tickets will only be available at the box office on the show dates - unless the festival sells out in advance. So, if you want to secure tickets now you have to shell out about $300 for a 3-day pass. Cheaper if you can avoid the roughly $40 in “convenience” and other fees that Ticketmaster tacks onto each pass. However, 3-day passes minus all the fees may still be available at some bricks and mortar locations like the Glass House record shop in Pomona. Check the festival website for ticket locations and lineup updates.

Time is also running out for Coachella organizers to spring those last minute, stage stealing headliners on us. Otherwise, the main stage may be as exciting as watching Morrissey wretch mid-song (2009) or a headline set by Jack Johnson (2008). Well, ok maybe not that bad, but…

Topping the bill we have a once retired, middle-aged rapper (Jay-Z), an edgy if somewhat obscure British rock band (Muse) that sounds too much like Radiohead for its own good, and a cartoon hip hop side project (Gorillaz) hatched on a lark by a guy from 90’s Britpop sensation Blur.

Unless the real Radiohead shows up or there’s an actual Blur reunion, it’s probably ok to skip the main stage on those nights & head over to the smaller stages where you could catch overlapping performances by the likes of Public Image Ltd, Them Crooked Vultures, Gossip, De La Soul, Gary Numan and Sly Stone. (The list of who is playing on what stage and at what time should be out in a day or two.)

Next time; why elderly punks & goths still rule Coachella.