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San Diego’s Top Weekend Events: Coachella Edition

A 2017 photo of a crowd at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

Credit: Courtesy of Coachella

Above: A 2017 photo of a crowd at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Coachella Edition


Nina Garin, editor/producer, KPBS/Arts Calendar


The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is considered one of the quintessential music events in the country.

This is an event that features Beyoncé as its headliner, plus sets by some of the most popular names in music right now: Cardi B, Migos, The Weeknd, St. Vincent, SZA and Fleet Foxes.

It's also a festival that's become synonymous with Southern California and a laid-back lifestyle. There are sections at department stores specifically branded for "festival season" where shoppers will find breezy blouses, perfectly ripped jeans and oversized sunglasses.

The festival draws about 125,000 people each day, and about 20 percent of attendees are from San Diego.

This year's event begins this weekend and the same lineup returns April 20 through 22. Along with the headliners, other anticipated acts include David Byrne, Moses Sumney, Noname, Angel Olsen, alt-J, A Perfect Circle and Perfume Genius.

For those who didn't buy one of the $400 tickets, or for anyone who doesn't like crowds, the concert will be streamed on YouTube starting Friday and wrapping up Sunday.

Of course, one of the perks of living in San Diego is that many bands perform in small venues throughout San Diego before or after the festival. Here's a list of Coachella bands you can see in San Diego.

On Midday Edition Friday, you'll hear music by some of these acts, as well as why this particular event became the gold standard for festivals around the country.

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