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Coachella Brings the Heat to San Diego

Coachella bands playing San Diego this month



    Coachella Brings the Heat to San Diego
    Alex Matthews
    Local Natives headline Observatory North Park on Monday, April 17.

    You’ve all seen the Coachella 2017 lineup by now (if you haven’t, check it out here), but buying tickets for it? That’s another story. With tickets ranging from $399 to $899, it was a feat just to scrounge up the cash, but now that both weekends (April 14-16 and April 21-23) are sold out, it’s gonna take a miracle to get there.

    Sure, you could count on winning some tickets from a local radio station, as SoundDiego contributor Rosemary Bystrak suggests. Alternatively, you could try your hand at the lottery and pick some up on Craigslist for God knows how much. Or, you could skip the heat, dust, crowds, walking Urban Outfitters billboards, body odor and frat guys and just see all of your favorite Coachella bands here in San Diego. Ya know, a sort of Localchella, as Bystrak calls it.

    From April 9 to April 20, some of San Diego’s best and biggest venues host some of Coachella’s best and biggest bands. At Soma, the Head and the Heart kick everything off, while Father John Misty brings his sardonic wit to Humphreys on April 12. Local Natives bring the rhythm to Observatory North Park on April 17, and, sorry guys, but Kaleo have already sold out the Belly Up on April 19.

    The day after is what I’m really looking forward to though. No, no, no, not because of that, but because on April 20, Twin Peaks and Hinds play the Irenic and Chicano Batman play the Music Box.

    So, don’t break the bank just to sweat it out in the desert. Check out the full Localchella lineup below, then chill at home -- that's what I'm gonna do.

    April 9: The Head and The Heart @ Soma

    April 12: Father John Misty @ Humphreys

    April 12: Broods @ Music Box

    April 13: Banks @ Humphreys

    April 14: Honne @ Belly Up

    April 15: Pond @ Casbah

    April 16: Little Dragon @ Observatory North Park

    April 17: Local Natives @ Observatory North Park

    April 18: Jack Garratt @ Belly Up

    April 19: Kaleo @ Belly Up (SOLD OUT)

    April 19: Mitski @ The Irenic

    April 19: SOHN @ Observatory North Park

    April 19: Blossoms @ Casbah

    April 19: Dreamcar @ Music Box (SOLD OUT)

    April 20: Mura Masa @ Observatory North Park

    April 20: Twin Peaks, Hinds @ The Irenic

    April 20: Lee Fields & The Expressions, Chicano Batman @ Music Box


    Rutger Rosenborg was almost a Stanford neuroscientist before he formed Ed Ghost Tucker. He now plays in the Lulls and makes music on his own when he's not writing. Follow his updates on Facebook or contact him directly.