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Desert Trip tickets selling for half-price

The Rolling Stones
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Tickets for the highly touted Desert Trip festival in California are now selling for half their original value.

The first festival gets underway at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, today (October 7) and features the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, the Who and Roger Waters. It runs across the whole weekend, with a second edition taking place on October 14-16.

Both festivals sold out within hours of being announced – but ticket prices on the secondary market have plummeted, with some passes selling for less than half their original $400 value.

StubHub are listing three-day tickets for between $145-$195, although one-day tickets are selling for $300, while VividSeats (opens in new tab) have them from $148.

The news comes just two weeks after the concert’s promoter Goldenvoice released more tickets on to the market, which is thought to have put a dent in secondary market prices.

Editor in chief of Pollstar Gary Bongiovanni tells Bloomberg: “The basic game of the secondary market is gambling and speculation – it’s pork belly futures.

“Everyone thought this would be a hot show, and it was, but obviously there isn’t a huge market of people willing to pay even more to access tickets.”

Desert Trip is held on the same site as Coachella, leading some to refer to the event as ‘OldChella.’

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Scott looks after and updates Louder’s online buyer’s guides and also scouts out the best deals for music fans from every corner of the internet. He's spent more than 28 years in newspapers and magazines as an editor, production editor, sub-editor, designer, writer and reviewer. Scott joined our news desk in the summer of 2014, where he wrote extensively about rock, metal, prog and more, before moving to the eCommerce team full-time in 2020. Scott has previous written for publications including IGN, Sunday Mirror, Daily Record and The Herald covering everything from daily news and weekly features, to video games, travel and whisky.