Desert Trip

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Desert Trip
Sunset at Desert Trip.jpg
Genre Rock
Dates October 7–9 and 14–16, 2016
Location(s) Empire Polo Club
81–800 Avenue 51
Indio, California 92201
Founded by Paul Tollett

Desert Trip was a six-day music festival that took place on October 7–9 and 14–16, 2016, at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, United States. The performers were the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Roger Waters, and The Who.[1][2] The festival was dubbed "Oldchella" by Stereogum a few weeks before it was officially announced, referencing both the age of the performers and the fact that the concert was arranged by Goldenvoice, the same promotions company as Coachella.[3]


Desert Trip was founded by Coachella co-founder, producer, and Goldenvoice chief, Paul Tollett.[4]

It was produced by Goldenvoice, the company that runs Coachella and is owned by AEG.[5] According to The New York Times the average attendee spent $1,000 on the weekend event.[6]

Notable performances[edit]

Bob Dylan opened the weekend with his song "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35".[citation needed]

The Rolling Stones covered The Beatles' "Come Together", and Paul McCartney returned the favor playing "I Wanna Be Your Man" the next day.

Paul McCartney opened his October 15 set with "A Hard Day's Night". In the same show, he surprised his audience with a performance of his song "FourFiveSeconds" with special guest Rihanna. He also invited Neil Young on the stage to perform "Why Don't We Do It In The Road?" for the first time ever and "A Day In The Life" with him. They then continued on to perform a cover of John Lennon's "Give Peace A Chance".

Bob Dylan's October 14 performance came the day after he was announced as the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature winner.

Roger Waters notably used his performance to make negative comments about 2016 Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump and cite his support of Palestine in its conflict with Israel.[7]


Friday October 7, 14

  • Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones

Saturday October 8, 15

  • Neil Young, Paul McCartney

Sunday October 9, 16

  • The Who, Roger Waters


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