Desert Trip not returning in 2017

No word on when the festival may return

Desert Trip, the classic rock festival that was rumored to reunite Led Zeppelin this year, is not returning for 2017. Last year’s inaugural event, headlined by Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Paul McCartney, The Who and Roger Waters, was expanded to a second weekend by popular demand and was expected to return this fall.

“We’re not doing Desert Trip this year,” Desert Trip and Coachella founder Goldenvoice’s Paul Tollett tells Billboard. “We loved 2016 Desert Trip — that was a special moment in time. Maybe someday in the future we’ll do something similar.”

Last year’s event held at the Coachella and Stagecoach site in Indio, CA grossed more than $160 million over two weekends. More than 75,000 fans attended each weekend with tickets priced between $399 and $1,599.

Last week, rumors of Zeppelin reuniting for its upcoming 50th anniversary in 2018 ran rampant due in part to a cryptic message posted on frontman Robert Plant’s website stating, “Any time now…” While the message seems to be alluding to a new album with his band the Sensational Time Shifters, Feel Numb reported that “well placed sources” had confirmed that Plant agreed to reunite Zep for Desert Trip 2017. It was rumored that he turned down $14 million to reunite the group for last year’s festival.

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.