The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (commonly called the Coachella Festival or simply Coachella) is an annual music and arts festival held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, in the Coachella Valley. It was co-founded by Paul Tollett and Rick Van Santen in 1999 and is organised by Goldenvoice, a subsidiary of AEG Presents. The event features musical artists from many genres of music, including rock, pop, indie, hip hop and electronic dance music, as well as art installations and sculptures.
Coachella showcases popular and established musical artists as well as emerging artists and reunited groups. It is one of the largest, most famous and most profitable music festivals in the United States and the world. Each Coachella staged from 2013 to 2015 set new records for festival attendance and gross revenues with the 2017 festival being attended by over 250,000 people.
In 2002, the festival reverted to a two-day format. Coachella was expanded to a third day in 2007 and eventually a second weekend in 2012; it is now held on consecutive three-day weekends in April, with the same lineup each weekend. Organisers began permitting spectators to camp on the grounds in 2003, one of several expansions and additions in the festival’s history.
The Empire Polo Club is a 78-acre polo club in Indio, California in the Coachella Valley of Riverside County, approximately 22 miles southeast of Palm Springs. It was founded in 1987. It has twelve polo grounds, making it one of the largest polo clubs on the West coast of the United States. It leases out its polo grounds for Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and Stagecoach Festival annually for the last three weekends in April.