A Canadian festival that sold out its first night in its first two days has taken another step in its quest to get tickets on sale to as many people as possible.
The first wave of tickets for the 2019 Coachella music festival in Indio, Calif., were sold out on Monday, with some bands hoping to sell up to 5,000 per day by the time the festival ends on Thursday.
The event, which kicked off last year, is attracting more people to the city, and organizers are hoping that they can sell out the event by Friday, organizers said.
Organizers of the festival, which is billed as the largest music festival outside of Europe, are hoping to draw crowds to the festival for its unique blend of traditional music and art, which includes a variety of styles from rock to hip-hop, pop, and electronic.
Tickets are $150 to $350, depending on the age of the person buying them.
The festival has been plagued by issues of scalpers, and some people have had trouble finding a place to watch the show.
Coachella has seen a spike in scalpers during the past few years, according to a recent report by the Federal Trade Commission, but organizers said Monday that they’ve never seen a scalper as brazen and aggressive as this one.
Organizer David Greenfield said that they have seen the scalpers approach them before and they were able to track down the scalper and put him behind bars.
Coaches from both the University of Calgary and the University at Buffalo told CBC News they had been asked by scalpers to help their teams prepare for Coachellas big first day.
Greenfield said it was important to take care of the scalpters and said that the festival is working to find a way to reduce the number of tickets scalpers are asking for.
“It’s very important to know that when you’re out there and you’re not being careful, people will be able to come to the show and take your money,” Greenfield told CBC Radio’s Edmonton AM.
“It’s a big event, there are a lot of people and you don’t want to put them at a disadvantage.”
The event has had issues before.
In 2017, fans complained about scalpers selling tickets for $1,000 to $1.5 million, and in 2015, scalpers began asking people to pay up to $5,000 for tickets.
Coach Michael Smith, who coached the Canadian team that won the 2017 gold medal in the men’s soccer world cup, told CBC that he and the team are very grateful for the scalping that has taken place in the past.
“We are incredibly grateful for Coaches Smith and his team,” he said.
“They have done an amazing job.
We are all extremely grateful for their work and the fact that we can take a good thing and turn it into a good idea.”
The Canadian men’s national team is also on the sidelines for this year’s festival.
The 2019 Coaches and the players will not be competing, but they will be staying in the hotel, according the organizers.