The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (commonly referred to as Coachella or the Coachella Festival) is an annual music and arts festival held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, located in the Inland Empire’s Coachella Valley in the Colorado Desert. It was founded by Paul Tollett in 1999 and is organized by Goldenvoice, a subsidiary of AEG Live. The event features many genres of music, including rock, indie, hip hop, and electronic dance music, as well as art installations and sculptures. Across the grounds, several stages continuously host live music. The main stages are: Coachella Stage, Outdoor Theatre, Gobi Tent, Mojave Tent, and the Sahara Tent; a smaller Oasis Dome was used in 2006 and 2011, while a new Yuma stage was introduced in 2013.
The 2016 festival will be held on April 15-17 and 22-24, featuring the reuniting of original Guns N’ Roses members Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan, along with LCD Soundsystem’s reunion and Calvin Harris as headliners. Other notable performers include Ice Cube, Sia, Death Grips, Grimes, Ellie Goulding, Disclosure, Sufjan Stevens and M83. The festival features its highest percentage of female-fronted acts at about 28 percent.