Coachella Sets Sail

Let’s take this show on the road, or better yet, to the sea.  That’s right, the S.S. Coachella will set sail for the first time this December.  Goldenvoice, the Los Angeles based promoters behind Coachella, have expanded the festival into a cruise with Pulp and Hot Chip as headliners.  Since its birth (2001), the Coachella music festival has quickly become the summer escape of choice for America and very well the rest of the world.  But with over 10 years being held in the sweltering desert valley of Indio, California, this is a refreshing sign to say the least.

There’s been a growing trend of music-based cruises setting sail to tropical destinations like the Blues Cruise, Cayamo, Love Letter Cruise, and even Irish music cruises to feed your “shamrock” fix.   But considering how Coachella has grown, we think this is one to take note of.

Paul Tollett, the president of Goldenvoice and brainchild behind Stagecoach and Coachella has recently discovered the perfect vessel to embark upon the high seas. This December, the Celebrity Silhouette, a 1,000-foot, 122,000-ton ship will set sail in the Caribbean for two ventures, both setting sail from Fort Lauderdale, FL. First is a three day tour through the Bahamas on Dec. 16, 2012 with the second tour being a four-day journey to Jamaica starting on Dec. 19, 2012.

In addition to Pulp and Hot Chip, the cruise will feature Girl Talk, Yeasayer, Sleigh Bells, James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem and 15 other artists to rock the cruise ship for 4 days.  The ship holds 2,800 fans in the comfort of cabana-style alcoves as well as a small theater that Mr. Tollett called a “mini-Royal Albert Hall.”  S.S. Coachella is 
sure to be a hit, as the perfect winter-escape this year, and we’re jealous as hell.

Ticket pricing varies anywhere from $500 for the 1st tier, which is 4 bunks crammed into a cabin, to $9,000 which includes the posh comfort and luxury of a “sky suite” equipped with a veranda overlooking the sea. To top if off, ticket holders will be free to explore various restaurants and activities like a wine tasting with James Murphy, arts & crafts, and a beer crawl.

Don’t forget to pack your motion sickness meds and plastic puke bags.

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