2013 Coachella excite fans with line-up announcement

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Tim Booth of James performs among fans in front of the stage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California, on Friday, April 13, 2012. (Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

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The 2013 Coachella Festival looks to draw record crowds with the addition of new faces in this year’s line up as it will be a two-weekend festival for the second straight year.

It will be held on the weekends of April 12-14 and April 19-21 in Indio, Calif.

Among the popular performers for this year’s festival will be The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, The Postal Service, Wu-Tang Clan, La Roux and 2 Chainz.

Last year’s festival was one for the books as it ended off with a hologram of deceased rapper Tupac Shakur performing with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg.

“It was crazy seeing that. It looked so real, many people didn’t know what was going on,” said communications major Adriana Ross, who attended last years festival.

She also added, “It’s a really fun festival, a lot to do. Everyone around you is just having a good time. It’s amazing.”

According the Coachella website, last year’s festivities saw a record breaking 80,000-85,000 people in attendance each day, which is 10,000 more than the festival in 2011.

Also according to the website, tickets are sold out for both weekends. That means that if you’re looking for tickets, you better start looking online for people selling theirs.

“(The tickets) sold out within at least an hour after they went on sale,” said history major Alfonso Garcia, who is planning on attending this year’s festival and has also attended a previous festival.

“Luckily for me I have a sister who was all over the tickets when they were released, so I was able to get mine.”

Tickets sold for as little as $349 and as much as $434 for each weekend of the festival.

Websites such as StubHub, have general admission tickets selling for a starting price of $525.

“It can definitely get pricy if you wait to buy tickets last minute. But in the end it’ll be worth it,” said Garcia.

Also performing in this year’s festival will be Benny Benassi, Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, Of Monsters and Men and The Stone Roses.

The Coachella Festival was started up in 1999 as a two-day event which saw an attendance of about 10,000 people.