Ready to bang your head at the Power Trip festival in October? The day has come to buy tickets for the fall festival.
The festival, which features a lineup of hard rock legends Guns N’ Roses, AC/DC and Metallica, will be held Oct. 6-8 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, home of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
Here’s what you need to know.
When and where can I buy tickets?
Tickets for the festival go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday at powertrip.live. Hotel and VIP packages are already availale. Fans can register now at that website to “access tickets” then. The website says tickets will initially be available only to those who register.
What artists have been announced?
Friday, Oct. 6
Guns N’ Roses
Saturday, Oct. 7
Sunday, Oct. 8
It was not immediately clear if the announced bands constitute the entire lineup or if other additions were still to be announced. However, a lineup consisting of two bands each night would mirror that of Desert Trip, the 2016 classic rock festival held at Empire Polo Club in 2016 that Power Trip’s name seems to be a clear nod to.
Is this going to break the bank?
As anyone who has been to Coachella or Stagecoach surely expected, attending the festival won’t come cheap and will require buying a wristband covering all three days. In fact, getting into the event will cost more than going to Coachella, according to ticket prices posted online.
The cheapest general admission wristbands, which include access to the festival and parking lot, are $649. For comparison, that’s $21 more than the similar general admission wristband for Weekend 2 of Coachella currently being sold on that festival’s website.
Unlike the annual Empire Polo Club festivals, Power Trip will have specific floor, grandstand and pit areas. A wristband with reserved floor seating starts at about $875 while those for the pit begin at $1,750. Those passes also offer access to two “lounge areas” of the festival, although the website explains the lounge won’t have a view of the stage.
The festival is also selling several VIP packages that include access to the lounge areas, as well as VIP merchandise. The starting price for those packages is $1,749 to $2,999. VIP packages for Coachella currently start at $1,199.
As with the other festivals, camping will be available on site. A car camping spot starts at $234.87 for the weekend, while the cheapest RV spot goes for $1,404.87.
Have any of the Power Trip artists played Coachella?
Even though the lineup features metal, most of the bands have performed at Coachella in previous years.
Tool performed at the first Coachella in 1999 and again as headliners in 2006. Frontman Maynard James Keenan has also performed at the festival with his side projects Puscifer in 2013 and A Perfect Circle in 2018.
AC/DC’s 2015 headlining performances came with some baggage. Co-founder and guitarist Malcolm Young officially left the band due to receive treatment for dementia, which was the cause of his death two years later. Drummer Phil Rudd was charged with possession of methamphetamine and cannabis a few months earlier and was replaced by Chris Slade.
Still, the Australian rock band won the crowd over. Horned-hands were thrown in the air, heads were banged, and the crowd shouted at all the right times.
When Guns N’ Roses headlined in 2016, it was the first time the reunited lineup featuring frontman Axl Rose with guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan performed at an outdoor festival together in 23 years.
The band played an epic two-and-a-half hour set both weekends, and Rose was forced to perform while seated in a throne loaned to him by Dave Grohl due to a broken foot.
Axl Rose also came out as a special guest during Carrie Underwood’s 2022 Stagecoach headlining set.
More:Stagecoach 2022: Carrie Underwood rocks the Mane Stage with Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses
This article includes previous reporting by Desert Sun staff and USA TODAY.
Desert Sun reporter Brian Blueskye covers arts and entertainment. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at @bblueskye.