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Coachella is venturing beyond the desert and taking to the Caribbean this December with a sensational line-up.
The SS Coachella, a 1,000 foot cruise ship, will embark on two tours this winter. The first is a three-day voyage from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to the Bahamas on December 16, with the second also leaving from Florida on December 19 and docking in Jamaica four days later.
Onboard will be the likes of Yeasayer, Simian Mobile Disco, The Rapture, Hot Chip, James Murphy and around 15 other acts.
Coachella’s promoter, Goldenvoice, had until now avoided the music cruise scene which has gradually been gaining popularity, but president Paul Tollett changed that, and was more than happy to boast about the ship’s features.
There’s room for 2,800 revellers, who’ll have the choice of nine bars, a small theatre, dubbed “a mini Albert Hall” by Tollett, and the iLounge, the ship's link to the shore. The best part? Partying at sea means there’s no curfew, which means longer sets.
Tickets start at $500 for four to a cabin and sore to $9,000 for a suite. It’s unquestionably better than easyCruise. They're on sale soon.
The future of desert Coachella is still unclear, however. Earlier this month a proposed increase in admissions tax led to fears that the festival may be forced to relocate after 13 years in the City of Indio.
The proposal has since been dropped but the festival’s current contract with the city expires in 2013, suggesting a move may still be on the cards.