Tickets For Inaugural ‘S.S. Coachella’ Cruises Go On Sale Saturday

INDIO (CBS) — Tickets will go on sale Saturday morning for the inaugural “S.S. Coachella” cruises, which set sail in December.

The cruises were announced Tuesday by Los Angeles-based promoter Goldenvoice, organizer of the Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals in Indio. The cruises on the Celebrity Silhouette are scheduled for Dec. 16-19 to the Bahamas and Dec. 19-23 to Jamaica. Headliners include Pulp and Hot Chip, and lineups are the same for each cruise.

Goldenvoice called the cruises “a rare opportunity to see Coachella artists in an intimate setting.” The cruises will also include other activities and “surprises,” according to Goldenvoice.

Other performers will include Yeasayer, Girl Talk, Sleigh Bells, James Murphy and Warpaint.

Both cruises will depart from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and the ship has 12 dining areas, nine bars and several live music settings, according to Goldenvoice. Staterooms range from $500 to $1,500 per person.

In the cover story for The New York Times’ March 30 travel section, Billboard magazine editor Joe Levy called music cruises “both profitable and proliferating.” Artists including Weezer, R. Kelly, Blake Shelton, Kid Rock and Kiss have performed on the high seas, and promoters also organize cruises by genre, according to Levy.

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which was held over two weekends in April for the second straight year, brought in more than $47 million and more than 158,000 people. Coachella and country music festival Stagecoach ranked No. 1 and 2 on Billboard’s Boxscore chart, which lists concerts held around the world since late last year.

General admission and VIP passes for the 2013 Coachella festival sold out in May, the same day they went on sale. Next year’s festival is scheduled for April 12-14 and April 19-21.

Information on the Coachella cruises is available at http://ss.coachella.com.

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