[UPDATE: The below report was true: Tuesday afternoon Coachella producer Goldenvoice unveiled two cruise ship festivals called S.S. Coachella, featuring sets from Pulp, Hot Chip, Sleigh Bells, Yeasayer, Girl Talk, Simian Mobile Disco, Warpaint, Black Lips, !!!, Grimes, Cloud Nothings, Father John Misty and more. Both trips depart from Fort Lauderdale, Florida; the first is a three-day voyage from December 16-19 that sails to the Bahamas. The second is a four-day trip from December 19-23 that travels to Jamaica. All aboard!]
Coachella may be headed from the high desert to the high seas. Yar, me matey.
According to a report on the L.A. Times' Pop & Hiss blog, the producers of the Indio, California festival, Goldenvoice, said they'd be making an important announcement today at 6 P.M.—and the Times' source reports that it concerns a new music cruise!
The cruise, said the source, would sail out of Florida and could launch as early as December of 2012. Lineup, dates and ticket pricing are TBD. Neither Goldenvoice or its parent company, AEG live, responded to comment inquires from the Times. But an artist rep working with Goldenvoice said, "the ship looks amazing."
Coachella is allegedly just the latest to join a growing fad in the music world. Weezer, Kid Rock, KISS and others all recently entered the growing market, launching all-encompassing cruises for their fans.
In 2011, Coachella expanded the flagship three-day fest to a back-to-date two-weekend deal. It delivered the largest numbers ever for a single concert, grossing $47.3 million. Coachella is staying put (well, for now), but a few weeks back producers battled with local officials over a tax that would have increased ticket prices incrementally. Officials eventually backed off the tax, agreeing to work with Goldenvoice on a long-term start in Indio. Read all about it here.
So, what do you think of the cruise? Who would top the boat's lineup? Tell in the comments below...