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Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival 20th Anniversary

Coachella is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and here are a few fun facts about Coachella and the music festival's history that you may not know!

Did you know that only 37,000 people attended the very first Coachella in October 1999?

Did you know that due to financial issues, Coachella had to go dark for a year in 2000 before being re-created in 2001?

Did you know that the success of Coachella led to Goldenvoice establishing two additional music festivals: Stagecoach and Desert Trip?

Did you know that in 2004, Coachella first sold out, with Radiohead headlining?

Did you know that in 2003, Coachella first started allowing concert-goers to camp and in 2012 camp grounds began featuring recycling, showers, a general store, phone charging stations and an Internet cafe with free WiFi?

Did you know that to accommodate the growing demand, Coachella was expanded from a two-day festival to a three-day weekend for the first time in 2007?

Did you know that in 2010 Jay-Z becomes the first hip-hop artist to headline and Coachella sets box office and attendance records with sell-out crowds of 75,000 a day?

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