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Five Reasons to Get Psyched About Coachella 2014

With the lineup announced for this year's Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival held in Indio, CA, one is torn between financial prudence and musical reward.

The general admission for the three day festival starts at $375 (before service charges). Many are seeing money as no object, since the first weekend already sold out. Tickets for the second (which has an identical line-up as the first, the only discernible difference is it's a week later, and probably hotter) are available to the general public on their website Friday at 1 p.m. South Florida time. But it just has oh, such potential.

Here are five reasons why you might skip paying your student loans this month and head West for Coachella.

1. To See Bands at the Top of Their Game

Whatever your preference for music, Coachella has a popular headliner for you. Skrillex will satisfy the EDM fans. Lorde and Pharell Williams will satisfy the pop tarts. The Knife is even on there. Arcade Fire, currently the reigning biggest band in the world, will put a punctuation mark on the weekend festivities, as they are the last band to go on headlining Sunday night.

2. Revisit Some Old Favorites

Coachella has always paid top dollar to encourage bands to reunite -- from Jane's Addiction in 2001 to The Pixies in 2004 and Pavement in 2010. This year is no different as Neutral Milk Hotel, the Replacements, and the Afghan Whigs have all found reasons to put the band back together. The biggest news of all is Friday night's headliner, Outkast, the Atlanta rap duo will play their first show together in close to a decade. Other old timers of note include Superchunk, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Fishbone, Nas, and Bryan Ferry.

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David Rolland is a freelance writer for New Times Broward-Palm Beach and Miami New Times. His novel, The End of the Century, published by Jitney Books, is available at many fine booksellers.
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