In 1999, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival was launched, which now features internationally popular bands like Nirvana, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Jane’s Addiction. Indio, California has turned into a hotspot for youtube vloggers, Instagram makeup artists, fans, dressed-up festival goers, and music lovers to gather during those two blazing weekends of April. For almost twenty years, Coachella has been one of the top festivals in the US with some of the highest attendance, but is there more behind the music and glitter?
As the 2019 festival draws closer, Coachella is facing new criticism for its founders’ questionable views. Although the Indio desert paradise is a safe place for all races, sexualities, and genders, the founder, Philip Anschutz, is well known for his oil business and far-right conservative views. As people have looked more into where the highly coveted ticket pricing goes, they have been shocked to find that such a good vibes, love, and music based festival is contributing to multiple anti-LGBT organizations, funding climate change denial, pro-gun movements, and many other right wing causes. Boycotts and protests have been started, and the awareness of what was once well-hidden behind the iconic outfits and celebrities is now becoming clear to annual Coachella goers. As the pricing goes up for the few tickets left, the fans, celebrities, and music artists are all wondering when enough is enough and how far is too far.