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Since 1999, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has been routinely bringing together the world’s top acts for a few days of great music, and often blistering heat.
If the $269 festival pass doesn’t keep you away, the expensive food and drinks, shabby camping conditions or expensive hotels and chance that many of the bands you came to see might be playing at the same time in different areas of the festival might. And let's not forget the heat.
Lucky for us living in the Bay Area, many of the bands playing Coachella on April 16-18, will be stopping on their way to or from the festival to play in at least 10 venues across the Bay Area, and often for multiple nights.
Not only will we have three chances to see Faith No More at the Warfield, we’ll have two nights each to catch MGMT or The Dead Weather at the Fillmore in SF, another two shots at seeing Thom Yorke of Radiohead or Vampire Weekend at the Fox Theater in Oakland and even two nights of Jonsi, singer of Sigur Ros, on either side of the Bay with a Zellerbach Auditorium performance in Berkeley and a following night at the Palace of Fine Arts in SF.
Other bands hitting Bay Area stages before or after Coachella include Muse, Spoon, La Roux, RX Bandits, Passion Pit, Orbital, Florence and the Machine, Phoenix, Yeasayer, Sleigh Bells, Yo La Tengo, Camera Obscura, Mike Snow, Les Claypool, and The Glitch Mob.
Bands that aren't playing Coachella but are playing here in those same days include The Black Keys, Echo & The Bunnymen, Silversun Pickups, Cypress Hill, Common, and N.E.R.D.
Yes, music festivals can be a lot of fun, but if there is a band you really want to see, it is often much better to see one of their own shows which tend to be longer, filled with fans, and much easier to deal with.
While tickets for some of these shows are sold out, Craigslist, Ebay and Stub Hub are all flush and chances are prices will be doing nothing but going down as the dates near.