If you thought jamming out to your favorite live bands on the grassy greens of California was good enough, it’s about to get even better — on the S.S. Coachella. That’s right, Coachella is taking its music fest to the sea this December, reports the New York Times.
Two trips through the Caribbean are scheduled departing from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., with a three-day tour to the Bahamas on December 16, and a four-day journey to Jamaica on December 19. Featured musical artists include Pulp, Hot Chip, Girl Talk, Yeasayer, Sleigh Bells, James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem and about 15 other acts (see full line-up below).
President Paul Tollett of Goldenvoice, the Los Angeles-based concert promoter behind the festival, said the ship is a “Celebrity Silhouette,” meaning it’s a 1,000-foot, 122,000-ton ship with room for 2,800 fans, equipped with cabana-style alcoves and a small theater that’s like a “mini Royal Albert Hall.”
“It even has a half-acre of grass,” Tollett said. “It wouldn’t be Coachella without grass.”
In contrast to camping on dry land in the Coachella desert, nautical fans who wish to preserve the camping experience can bunk four to a cabin at $500 a pop. There are nine other price levels, going up to $9,000 a person for a “sky suite” with veranda. Prices will include lodging, food and entertainment, but not transportation to Florida or bar tabs.
Aboard the S.S. Coachella fans have their choice of various restaurants and activities rooms in addition to the concerts, and run-ins with the stars will be inevitable. In some cases those encounters will be planned, like a wine tasting with Mr. Murphy.
Beneficial for both camp-goers and promoters, fans don’t have to worry about going far to get back to camp while artists and promoters won’t have to give worry to festival nuisances like being shut down by local authorities.
“Some sets will be longer than usual,” Tollett said. “We don’t have a curfew.”