Published Jul 17, 2012A proposed tax increase on Coachella tickets was quashed the other week, meaning the festival will remain in Indio, CA for the foreseeable future. Organizers had, however, revealed that they were exploring alternate options for the event, and it turns out the brand will head out on the high seas this winter for a couple of cruise packages featuring performances from Pulp, Hot Chip, Sleigh Bells and more.
The New York Times reports that a cruise ship offshoot festival, called S.S. Coachella, will head out for a couple of Caribbean trips in December. Both cruises aboard the Celebrity Silhouette, "a 1,000-foot, 122,000-ton ship with room for 2,800 fans," depart from Fort Lauderdale, FL, with the December 16 to 19 trip heading to the Bahamas and back, and a December 19 to 23 sailing making its way to Jamaica.
Other acts signed up for the ocean trip include Yeasayer, Girl Talk, Simian Mobile Disco, !!!, Father John Misty, Warpaint, El-P, Killer Mike, Black Lips, Grimes, Gaslamp Killer and Cloud Nothings. There will also be DJ sets from LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy, who will apparently be hosting a wine tasting as well, and the Rapture.
Tickets are said to range from $500 to $9,000, with prices including meals and entertainment. Goldenvoice president Paul Tollett, whose company promotes Coachella, also commended the fact that despite being water-locked, the ship features a half-acre of grass on board. "It wouldn't be Coachella without grass."