If you’re a fan of classic rock, music festivals really don’t get much bigger than Desert Trip. The massive event, which will be held over two weekends (Oct.7-9 and Oct. 14-16) will host the biggest names in music history including Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones & more. Already, the festival is being heralded as the biggest of all time, and festival promoters are expecting it to gross over $150 million throughout the course of its two weekends, pushing it well beyond Coachella’s record-breaking gross of $84 million in 2015.
Three-day passes for Desert Trip are not cheap by any means — on the primary market, where tickets sold out in mere hours, the cheapest pass sold for $399, but the most expensive option, a pass to the standing pit in front of the stage, was priced at a whopping $1,599. The resale market has been boasting exponentially expensive prices, making even the cheapest option a difficult purchase for many. But if you’ve waited for tickets to drop, you’re in luck, because three-day passes are now the cheapest option yet available for ticket buyers. With just a day before the festival launches, a three-day pass can be purchased for just $205 for Weekend One, and the cheapest pass for Weekend Two is up for grabs for $251, according to ticket aggregator TicketIQ.
According to Priceline.com, roundtrip flights out to Palm Springs from Newark Liberty International Airport start at $743, and hotels in Indio start at $149 per night for attendees who’d rather skip the camping portion of the event. Three-day camping passes start at $99, although the most elite camping packages can go up to a whopping $10,000 for a spot in the “Safari Tent Area.” Amenities include fully-furnished, air-conditioned Shakir-style tents with one or two queen beds, as well as restrooms, showers, and even dedicated security. There a few cheaper options, too, including the Lake El Dorado Teepees that are equipped with two cots and sleeping bags, priced at $1,600 for the weekend.
Of course, the festival is expensive for good reason — the artists on the bill are some of the biggest rock artists in the world. Seeing any of the headliners in New York City has proven to be an expensive night over the years. Just last month, Sir Paul McCartney played a headlining show at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and floor resale tickets to his performance averaged over $600, with the cheapest ticket starting at $208. Although their tour didn’t see a NYC date, The Rolling Stones last major run in 2015 was for the Zip Code Tour, and floor seats averaged $1,177 for all of their performances. Just this July, Bob Dylan and Bob Mavis sold out their show at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, New York, and tickets were few and far between, averaging $290 for all performances along the route.