Coachella Takes to the Seas with Pulp, Hot Chip, Girl Talk
Over the past few years, there have been more and more music cruises aimed at younger audiences setting sail, and now Coachella is getting in on the action.
The popular music festival that the New York Times says has transformed the American concert industry throughout its decade of existence, has announced that the S.S. Coachella will set sail later this year.
On the ship, around 20 artists are scheduled to provide the entertainment for the tour, with recently reunited British band Pulp acting as the headliners. Other notable artists playing the sailing festival include Hot Chip, Girl Talk, Yeasayer, Sleigh Bells, James Murphy (of LCD Soundsystem, performing a DJ set) and many others.
The S.S. Coachella’s real name is the Celebrity Silhouette, and is a 1,000-foot, 122,000-ton ship. The ship can accommodate 2,800 fans, and has a small theater that has been described by Coachella president Paul Tollett as a “mini Royal Albert Hall.”
“[The ship] even has a half-acre of grass,” Tollett also said. “It wouldn’t be Coachella without grass.
There will actually be two separate voyages for the ship – with one sailing to the Bahamas and the other going to Jamaica. The Bahamas journey will be a three-day tour and will leave Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on December 16. The Jamaica trip will begin pretty much as soon as the other returns, and will pull out of Fort Lauderdale on December 19.
Prices vary greatly for the trip, and can start at as little as $500 a person for those willing to share a cabin with three other people. Prices top out at $9,000 per person for those that want a “sky suite.” These prices include lodging, food and entertainment, though they do not include alcoholic drinks. Additionally, those that want to go on the trip will have to provide their own transportation to Florida.