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Coachella 2013 sells out 'weekend 1' passes; some 'weekend 2' tickets remain

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The first weekend of Coachella 2013 has SOLD OUT out faster than you can say "who the $#&% are The Stone Roses?" 

Take heart — tickets, camping and VIP passes started rocking into pockets during the presale and layaway phase of the process (months in advance of the lineup announcement.)

BlurThe Stone RosesPhoenix, and Red Hot Chili Peppers are headlining the twin three-day festivals at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, CA.

April 12-14 tickets are no more, but Weekend 2 passes for April 19-21 are still available at the following levels:

  • $349.00 for General Admission
  • $399.00 for General Admission (incl. shuttle)
  • $799.00 for VIP

Reaction, as expected, varies from "I didn't want to go anyway" to sobbing.

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Coachella lineup gets mixed reviews from online critics and fans

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Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2011 - Day 3

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INDIO, CA - APRIL 17: Musician Bethany Cosentino of the band Best Coast performs during Day 3 of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2011 held at the Empire Polo Club on April 17, 2011 in Indio, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Bethany Cosentino

2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival - Day 1

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INDIO, CA - APRIL 13: Musician Dan Auerbach of Black Keys performs onstage during day 1 of the 2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Field on April 13, 2012 in Indio, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Coachella)


After delivering big names like Prince, Madonna, Dr. Dre, Jay-Z and Daft Punk, and catapulting other groups merely by having them perform on the polo fields in the idyllic desert setting, the mystique of the Coachella music festival attracts attendees who come from all around the globe.

Likewise, its popularity has made it a target for naysayers who feel the urge to criticize the festival for a variety of reasons that no event could ever live up to. This year alone, none other than the Rolling Stones were rumored to headline one of the three nights. In the wake of last year's surprise appearance of Hologram Tupac, some felt the only way to top that technology would be with an iconic headliner like the Stones. Instead we see The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Phoenix topping the bill alongside The Stone Roses. 

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Are the Rolling Stones headlining Coachella 2013?

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There is reason to believe the Rolling Stones may headline Coachella 2013. There is also reason to believe that Santa Claus is real. We're waiting on confirmation of both, though it doesn't get more official than NORAD

Rolling Stone magazine reports that heavy hints have been dropped in support of the headlining theory (noting it would be their first U.S. festival since 1969's Altamont).

The band's mobile app is a good example of one such "hint." It previously displayed an April 12 tour stop in Indio, CA called "Coachella 2013." 

The date was subsequently wiped from the app, but not before many screenshots were saved into the Internet forever.

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S.S. Coachella signs of life: Debauchery and disco(urse) on the high sea (PHOTOS/MUSIC)

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S.S. Coachella — Goldenvoice's double Caribbean cruise music festival — is currently adrift on an ocean not terribly near to you. The first ship set sail for the Bahamas on Dec. 16. Round two pushed off for Jamaica Dec. 19. 

BELOW: Photos, reactions, and the worst playlist ever 

The rising tide of ticket prices had guests shelling out anywhere from $500-$9,000 for a chance to play king of the shared stateroom, or king of the lux suite (with piano, bar and balcony), as applicable. KPCC's Off Ramp explains:

The ship, called the "Celebrity Silhouette," is a brand new, 122,000-ton beast of a vessel. It's got a country club on the top deck with a half acre of grass. It has a dozen restaurants and even more bars and lounges. It has hundreds of premiere suites, with what an online review describes as "gently undulating light-brown walls" and "framed pieces of modern something-or-other for some color." It has its own Apple store. 

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Coachella 2013 fake posters appear with first fantasy lineup

Like a terrible mirage, fake Coachella lineup posters have started to appear, bringing with them years of thirsty pleas for the same bands to play our local desert.

For now let's not worry about the S.S. Coachella boat people. They have their own thing going.

In this version of Indio's possible future reality, Atoms for Peace replace the Radiohead battle cry, and Daft Punk is exactly where you left them.

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