Desert Trip fes­ti­val de­liv­ers her­itage acts at a heavy­weight price

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - NEWS - Jim Car­roll

We have seen the fu­ture of the mu­sic fes­ti­val and it looks a lot like thep­ast. In­fact, judg­ing bythe line-up­for the forth­com­ing Desert Trip fes­ti­val in Cal­i­for­nia in Oc­to­ber, it ac­tu­ally is all about the past.

The forth­com­ing fes­ti­val will fea­ture full sets from The Rolling Stones (right), Bob Dy­lan, Neil Young, The Who, Paul McCart­ney and Roger Wa­ters over three days. Pro­moted by Golden voice, the com­pany be­hind the huge ly suc­cess­ful Coach ella event, Desert Trip is an au­da­cious gam­ble, but one that could well work–and if it’ s suc­cess­ful, you can bet other pro­mot­ers will sim­ply cog the idea.

As you can well imag­ine, the price for all of this A-list en­ter­tain­ment is on the steep side. You may have com­plained in the past about how­much you’ve paid for tick­ets, but you ain’ t seen noth­ing yet.

A gen­eral ad­mis­sion ticket for the Desert Trip week­end is $399 (¤348), but you can pay more (re­served seat­ing for $699/¤610 and $999/¤870) and more again (re­served seat­ing in the stands or stand­ing in the pit at the front for $1599) if the mood takes you.

If you want to camp, you’ ll pay an ex­tra $99/¤86 to do so in your own tent or $1,600/¤1,394 for bou­tique camp­ing. You’re prob­a­bly best ad­vised to bring some sand­wiches at those prices.

So will peo­ple bite? For many, the lure of see­ing these acts on the same bill will prove at­trac­tive. If you’re a fan of those mega-acts, the $399 ticket is ac­tu­ally good value as you’ d prob­a­bly pay much more to see all six of them in­di­vid­u­ally.

While all of all those acts are on the tour­ing cir­cuit, Desert Trip gives you the op­por­tu­nity to strike them all off your bucket list in one place over the same week­end. Given the deaths of stars such as David Bowie, Prince and Glenn Frey in 2016, some will be aim­ing to check these acts out be­fore they check out for good.

We get the feel­ing that Desert Trip is go­ing to be aw­in­ner andthe Euro­pean ver­sion can only be months away.

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