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8 Music Festival Names That Rock

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Coachella

Its official name is the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, but people refer to it as just Coachella. Starting in 1999, this has become one of the premier, fashion-forward events during festival season, known for showcasing new artists as well staging historic, groundbreaking performances like Beyoncé’s in 2018, dubbed Beychella.

The website for the namesake city, in southern California, explains that Coachella is actually the result of a printer’s misreading of Conchilla (“little shell”), a Spanish word paying honor to the little shells found nearby.