If you’re going to Coachella, please post pictures. The music festival sold out faster than ever this year, but there are ways to get around the pesky ticket situation. It might take some extra effort — and some extra funds — but there are other ways to see the bands you want without a desert miracle.
Ultra Music Festival — Miami: This is the place to be on March 25, 26 and 27 if you’re looking for what you’d usually find at the Sahara tent at Coachella. Last year at the Sahara tent, Deadmau5, Tiesto and David Guetta played insane sets, all of who are headlining Ultra this March. At Ultra, you’ll find an extended, three-day, super-DJ filled festival. And because it’s perfectly timed during spring break, there’s no reason not to take a little trip down to beautiful Miami and see the self-proclaimed, “world’s leading electronic and alternative music experience” for yourself. Passes start at $220 and can only be bought for all three days.
Outside Lands — San Francisco: The dates for Outside Lands have yet to be announced, but, as usual, Golden Gate Park in San Francisco will go into overload the weekend in August that OSL invades the city. Last year’s headliners played sets at Coachella earlier in the year, and there’s definitely precedent for repeats this year. Unlike Coachella, OSL only lasts for two days, so the lineup is not as large, but rest assured that it’s just as awesome. Last year The Strokes headlined OSL, and they are headlining Coachella this year. Tickets and passes not yet available.
The Riviera in Chicago is hosting a surprisingly solid number of bands that are set to play Coachella that might catch your eye. California rockers Cold War Kids play March 11 and synth outfit Cut Copy play on April 8. Meanwhile, Conor Oberst’s Bright Eyes project, was originally scheduled to play at the Vic Theatre before overwhelming demand prompted a venue change, to The Riviera on March 15. Tickets, available online, range from $23 to $26, not including convenience fees.
UIC Pavilion is housing the Arcade Fire for three nights on April 22, 24 and 25 — the three shows they are playing right after playing Coachella. It may be one of the few times to see the band in the U.S. for a bit, as Arcade Fire is heading overseas for an extended period of time later this year. The National are set to open. Tickets available through Ticketmaster.
If you feel like a roadtrip, Canadian indie collective The New Pornographers, slated for Coachella’s Saturday schedule, will play at the Canopy Club in Urbana, Ill. with Coachella alumni The Walkmen on April 28. Tickets start at $25 and are available online. Glam group The Scissor Sisters, also set for the Saturday stage, are opening for Lady GaGa at the United Center on February 28. Tickets also available through Ticketmaster.
And of course, there’s Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tenn. People from across the country trek to a 700-acre farm to see their favorite artists play remarkable shows. The lineup for this year was just announced Tuesday, and it looks like a significant number of acts from Coachella plan on making their way across the country come June. Arcade Fire, Robyn, Best Coast, The Black Keys, Mumford & Sons, The Strokes, Sleigh Bells, Cold War Kids and Scissor Sisters are among the handful.