Have you ever been at the annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and thought to yourself, “All this fringe music is pretty excellent, but I really can’t stand all of this sand.”
The organizers of Coachella have a solution: They’re sending you out to sea. Goldenvoice announced today that this year will mark the maiden voyage of the S.S. Coachella, a floating, Caribbean-bound music festival. Because nothing Coachella-related can happen just once, there will be two separate legs, both of which will originate from the port in Fort Lauderdale, Fl.
The first, running December 16-19, will be bound for the Bahamas, while the second will run December 19-23 and head to Jamaica. Included will be all the accoutrements of cruise travel (pools, beach activities, buffets, booze, probably some token shuffleboard) in addition to a pretty killer lineup of bands — a baby version of this year’s Coachella. The bands performing include Pulp, Hot Chip, Yeasayer, Girl Talk, James Murphy, Sleigh Bells, and Grimes. Check out the poster — with the lineup — below.
Not a bad combination of people to be trapped at sea with, no? The big question is this: Whose hologram will materialize? Someone nautical, right? Can Cyndi Lauper make a surprise appearance with Captain Lou Albano?
For those of you interested in heading out on open water with Jarvis Cocker and the rest of the lineup, stateroom reservations go on sale this Friday. Cabins are going for as low as $500 per person, though better suites are pricier.
Plenty of bands have taken to the sea (Weezer’s annual cruise has been a huge success), but this is the first time a major festival has expanded its brand like this. Considering how many festival-goers have to use vacation time to experience these things, doesn’t turning the event into more of a proper vacation make a lot of fan-friendly sense? Or does the idea that these bands are on a boat immediately disqualify them from any form of cool? Sound your fog horn in the comments.