Arroyo Seco Weekend kicked off its inaugural run June 24 and 25 in Pasadena and one of the things people always ask about is any new festival compares to some established ones.
Let’s take a look at how Arroyo Seco Weekend, which wrapped up Sunday with Mumford & Sons, Weezer and The Shins, stacks up against Goldenvoice’s most recent large-scale multi-day music festivals in Southern California: the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, the Stagecoach Country Music Festival and Desert Trip, all of which happened at the Empire Polo Club in Indio.
Coachella: Two three-day weekends in April with seven major stages/tents at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. No chairs allowed, but everyone roams around.
Stagecoach: One three-day weekend in April with three major stages/tents at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. Reserved standing and seating options are closest to the largest stage. People can bring blankets and chairs, but have to be in certain general admission areas on the main field.
Desert Trip: Two three-day weekends with one enormous stage at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. The venue included seats on bleacher-type structures, floor seats, a standing pit and a general admission area where blankets were allowed.
Arroyo Seco Weekend: One two-day weekend with three stages/tents on the grounds of the Rose Bowl in Pasadena –more specifically the Brookside Golf Course. Chairs and blankets were allowed everywhere, which made it a challenge to navigate.
Coachella: The tastemaking festival has an eclectic mix of genres, with a sizeable amount of electronic music mixed in with pop, hip-hop and indie rock as well as inspired choices like movie composer Hans Zimmer. Headliners for 2017 included Radiohead, Lady Gaga and Kendrick…