One of the biggest classic rock concerts in history may take place this fall as Coachella organizers are planning their version of Woodstock.
Over the course of three days this October, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Neil Young, and Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters will all play full sets as part of a new festival in the Southern California desert, according to the Los Angeles Times.
A massive undertaking for which the headliners are expected to be paid up to $7 million each, the new festival will boast one of the highest talent budgets for any festival in history. But that’s probably appropriate, considering the fact that all six headliners are not just inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but card-carrying living legends.
A higher-than-usual cost to book headlining performers comes with serious perks for fans. Unlike most festivals, the new event will see its headliners playing full-length sets with full-stage production, meaning that concertgoers will get the same show they would normally have to pay big bucks to see in a packed stadium.
“It’s so special in so many ways,” said Neil Young’s longtime manager Elliot Roberts to the LA Times. “You won’t get a chance to see a bill like this, perhaps ever again. It’s a show I look forward to more than any show in a long time.”
Put on by Los Angeles-based promoter Goldenvoice, which has successfully run Coachella and its sister country festival Stagecoach for years, the new event will be the third desert festival to be put on by the promoter this year.
Goldenvoice has been expanding its festival reach extensively as of late. The company recently had plans approved for a Pasadena-based event called the Arroyo Seco Music and Arts Festival which will take place in the Rose Bowl in 2017, and also has a a New York-located festival in the works.
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The mega event will take place October 7-9th at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, California. Organizers have yet to officially announce the still-untitled show, as they are still in negotiations with artists. If things pan out, tickets will likely be on sale a few months before the festival, and probably will be very expensive to cover the costs of the all-star bill.
But it’s hard to imagine the lineup could fail to bring in flocks of music fans, regardless of what the company charges for a wristband. In a music world which increases to weather the deaths of classic performers like David Bowie and Merle Haggard this year alone, this will be a must-see event for music fans worldwide, no matter the cost.