Coachella Sells Out Two Weekends in Three Hours

The 2012 version of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival made headlines before it even went on sale – and before its lineup was announced – with the news that this year it would be spread over two weekends. Both weekends will feature the exact same lineups, but organizers said the additional time would allow more music fans to experience the festival. Now the festival, more commonly known simply as Coachella, has made the news again by selling out both weekends in less than three hours.

While last year’s event – a one-weekend affair – surprised some by taking only a week to sell out, this year’s event made that timeframe seem nearly like an eternity. The continually rising popularity of the festival that is held every year in the desert of Indio, Calif. combined with regularly stellar lineups means the tickets continue to go faster and faster.

Radiohead, the Black Keys and Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg will headline this year’s festival, which will take place April 13-15, with repeat performances April 20-22. Other notable acts this year include the Shins, Florence + the Machine, David Guetta, Arctic Monkeys and Jimmy Cliff.

But aside from these acts, other bands are making news for their announced sets at the festival, as well. Texas rock group At the Drive-In has made headlines by announcing they will play their first shows since 2001 at this year’s festival. The band broke up during the height of its success, and judging by statements by former band members in the intervening years, a reunion at any point seemed unlikely.

Coachella is known as a place for bands to reunite, and British rock band Pulp also will have a reunion of sorts at the festival. Though the band played some festivals in the U.K. together last year, Coachella will mark the first 2012 dates for the group. Additionally, the reclusive Jeff Mangum, formerly of indie cult heroes Neutral Milk Hotel will play a set at the festival.