Coachella 2013 Presale: Change Is A-Comin'

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Last year's ticket sales for Coachella were a complete clusterfuck. This year, the good people of Goldenvoice are enstating some interesting changes, both for the better and for the worse, depending on your individual situation.

Plenty of ticket buyers may face new dilemmas. Some of the general changes will make it harder for groups to coordinate their trip. Meanwhile, scalpers and ticket flippers might have a tougher time this year, as well.

Check out more changes after the jump...

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Meg Strouse
At the Drive In performing at Coachella 2012
First off, the price for a general admission pass has reached new heights. Once all the crazy fuck-you fees are factored in, a GA ticket will cost you $349 this year. Time to clean out your savings account!

So now you've saved up enough money to buy a ticket. Guess what? Your friends might not all be able to come with you. If they somehow survive the chaos/lack of a queue on the Front Gate Tickets' Coachella page and all manage to get tickets, ticket buyers are still limited to purchasing two tickets per household. This means that big groups will have to make plans further in advance. It also means that since scalpers will be forced to make purchases in lower quantities, there should be more tickets left for people who actually are dying to go to the festival.

Remember how last year tickets sold out in five hours but car camping passes took much longer to be scooped up by the masses? In 2013, it will be mandatory to have a festival pass if you're going to participate in car camping. On top of that, Coachella will be taking the Glastonbury approach, meaning the person who purchased the car camping pass will have to show his or her ID, and it will have to match.

While this will help reduce the number of fake passes being purchased from a third party or a scalper, it may actually lead to a shortage of car camping passes in the long run. If a bro who bought a car camping pass has some important plans come up and he legitimately can't attend the festival anymore but wants to sell his Coachella goodies to help out a buddy, he's out of luck since nobody else's ID will match his, and a car camping pass has gone to waste.  

Dearest fellow Coachellians, round up your crew and start scheming. As of Thursday, May 17, at 10 a.m. PST, the fight for festival passes is on!

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John
John

This is poor reporting. Bah is right on both points. The writer doesn't know what she's talking about. And she ignores that we there has not been a price increase in the last 6 years. That's pretty damn good.

And it's completely unclear how last year tickets sales were a "clusterfuck." Please explain your idiot statement? Last year they had a presale for about 5 days. It didn't see out within "5" hours. That's nonsense. It was easy to get tickets anytime during the presale (and pay with an awesome layaway plan). And then they had the GA sale months later where the remaining tickets were sold. That went quick, but the writer doesn't elaborate or explain these important details because they don't fit with her overdramatized story.

Nar
Nar

who cares about this corporate sh*t-show? why spend 500+ dollars on a show? go see a diy show at an independent venue or a house. 

support people doing real things instead of some huge corporate fest that is really good at dooping alt-bros.

if you care so much about the bands that play this festival, just sneak in.

bah
bah

Jesus, this story is moronic.  The ticket this year is what, $13 more if you didn't buy the presale?  And even if you did, a $34 increase shouldn't break the bank.

Also, if you are car camping you need to have a ticket.  This hasn't changed from last year to this year.  Get your facts straight.

yfri
yfri

You're probably bitter because you've never been. It's worth it and forget sneaking in, that's never going to work.

Lenni Rosenblum
Lenni Rosenblum

My facts are straight. The fact that you need to have a ticket to participate in car camping goes without saying since you can't get into the Coachella grounds without a festival pass. What changed is that your car camping pass has to be registered under the name of someone in your vehicle. Last year you could buy car camping passes without a festival pass, which many people did just so they could flip them on eBay for some extra cash.

Nar
Nar

Nope I'm not bitter. I have no intrest in going to it. Corporate festivals are weird.

If you look at the line ups for Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, ect... they all basically have the same lineups and sponsored by the same corporations. Art and music isn't a commodity and that's what these festivals are. Great branding aimed alt-bros that are willing to pay 500+ for something that's trendy and cool.

Wildcat1
Wildcat1

You are wrong again. Last year camping passes were tied to your wristbands chip. It's on the old website and in the packet that came with your ticket. You fail at journalism 101.

bah
bah

You absolutely couldn't buy a car camping pass without buying a registered wristband at the same time.  I'm not sure where you got your info from.  In 2011 this was possible, but that's not a change in 2013 compared to 2012.  If you want to verify my statement contact info@coachella.com.  The car camping pass had to be linked to a wristband in 2012 to work.    

eks
eks

Well, you do make it sound like it's a brand new thing, and it's not. "In 2013, it will be mandatory to have a festival pass if you're going to participate in car camping." Maybe swap out the word "participate" with "purchase".

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