Is this the ultimate dad rock festival line-up?
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A new ‘mega-festival’ festival in the US has been announced… and it’s the most dad-rock thing ever.

The October event is called Desert Trip and features Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Bob DylanThe Who, Roger Waters and Neil Young. How’s that for a stellar bill of rock royalty?

The three day event will take place on the Empire Polo Field – the same site as the achingly hip Coachella festival.

Tickets start at $200 (£137) per day, but those only gain you entry to the festival. If you want a three-day pass for the standing pit area near the stage, you’ll have to fork out over £1,000.

And they’re not even full days of music, with performances only starting after sundown.

Rumours of the show began to circulate during Coachella’s recent first weekend, with Who front man Roger Daltrey confirming the news to BBC 6 Music a few days later.

He also offered up a morbid reasoning behind the overpriced festival’s line-up of aging stars, telling Matt Everitt the recent spate of legendary musician deaths put the wheels in motion:

“We have to face it, we are [at] the end of an era, we’re the last of our generation. You can see from reading the obituaries lately that we [rock stars] don’t make old bones very well, do we?”

The gigs will be scheduled as follows:

  • Friday October 7: The Rolling Stones, with Bob Dylan and His Band
  • Saturday October 8: Paul McCartney with Neil Young + Promise of the Real
  • Sunday October 9: Roger Waters with The Who.

Tickets go on sale on Monday May 10 at 6pm UK time. For more information head to the Desert Trip website.


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