Goldenvoice, the outfit behind the massive Desert Trip festival Friday October 07 through Sunday October 09, starring The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Neil YoungRoger Waters and The Who, have just announced that due to overwhelming demand, the enormous rockfest will now occupy two consecutive weekends:  they’ve added another one for Friday through Sunday October 14 through 16.

The announcement regarding the second run was made just 30 minutes before tickets went on sale at 10am today.   The festival is slated for the Empire Polo Club in Indio California, home of Coachella — which usually sells out within an hour or so.  Organizers expect Desert Trip to do the same.

There are a variety of tickets and packages from which to choose, each providing a different level of access to seating and amenities:

  • General admission: $199 for a single day or $399 for all three days. Includes access to the grounds and parking.  Shuttle access is an additional $25.
  • VIP general admission: $898. This is a GA ticket plus a “culinary experience bundle,” which means access to wine, cocktail and craft beer tasting, plus two entrees from chefs on site each day.
  • Standing pit: $1,599. Includes access to the space closest to the stage, a special parking lot and a “platinum lounge,” which has seating, bathrooms, food and a full cash bar.
  • Reserved floor seating: $699 or $999, depending on how close your seat is to the stage, for the same level of access you would get with general admission tickets. $1,599 for the same amenities you’d have with standing pit tickets.
  • Reserved grandstand seating: $999 for the same level of access you’d get with general admission tickets. $1,599 for standing-pit-level access.

The stage will be occupy the southeast corner of the polo club, where Coachella’s Outdoor Stage usually sits.  Grandstands will sit on either side of the field, with 30 rows of seating each.  Pit passholders will stand very close to the stage, with reserved seating set up behind them and general admission ticketholders standing behind those seats.  Tickets cannot be upgraded after they’re purchased, according to Goldenvoice.

Each ticket also includes a “convenience fee,” which is $26 for single-day general admission, $36 for three-day GA passes and $91 for $1,599 tickets.  For a look at the somewhat mind-boggling array of options, including camping access, scamper over here.

Your pass purchase maximum is eight — two for the standing pit and six others — per customer account.  Kids ages two and under are free.  Accessible seating can be requested at all price levels online, or by calling 855 414 6340.  There are no payment plans; you’ll need to pay in full when you buy.

The Desert Trip website, which no doubt will be one of the busiest on the Intertrons today, is here.

Love, Dr. Scott James
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