Say what you might about the hipster crowd at Coachella, the festival still cultivates one hell of a lineup both on stage and in the food yurts nearby. But let’s be real: The whole weekend (or weekends, if you’re nuts) can be a little much. Wandering between dozens of acts all day in the high desert sun can leave you passed out under a fluorescent mushroom sculpture before the sun goes down. Good news then for those who want a more relaxing festival experience: Desert Trip is launching with its first annual music and food festival on the Coachella grounds in Indio, California and the lineup blows most other fests away.
On stage The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Roger Waters and the Who will play October 7, 8 and 9. Only two acts will play each day and, while that will certainly be fodder for plenty of old people jokes, it will also be really nice to not have to sit through some noisey rock show you have no interest in while you wait for Dylan to start.
And while the musicians are quite a collection, the culinary names at the festival will be just as big. Full pre-fixed menus, similar to those started last year at Coachella will come courtesy of Dominique Ansel, Marcus Samuelsson, Scott Conant, Curtis Stone, Dean Ferring, Dakota Weiss, Dominique Creen, Steven Fretz and Kris Morningstar. About 50 more chefs including Michael Voltaggio, Michael Mina and Daniel Humm will working full service pop-ups or food stands on the grounds with beer curated by Stone Brewing founder (and recent craft beer angel investor) Greg Koch. The whole weekend promises to be a fulfilling experience both aurally and gustatorially
Tickets go on sale Monday at 10am here. Chances are good this will sell out quickly, so make sure to set your alarms.