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Coachella Sells Out in Six Days, Kanye’s Fault?

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Well, that was quick! Passes for the 2011 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, headlined by Kanye West, Kings of Leon and Arcade Fire, are “no longer available” according to the festival’s website. Tickets for the 3-day festival in Indio, Calif. went on sale Friday Jan. 21, meaning it only took six days for the $319 three-day general admission passes to sell out.

And if you’re thinking that more tickets will be released closer to the April 15 kick off date, there’s some more bad news. The festival confirmed the news and tweeted that “no, we don’t have any passes left to release, kthxbye.”

Last year, Coachella broke a new attendance record when 225,000 people showed up over the long weekend to see headliners like Jay-Z, Gorillaz and Muse perform. Tickets sold out the week before the festival kicked off, a lot later than this year. Traffic was so bad on the first day of the fest, that ticketholders waited as long as six hours to get into parking lots. Festival organizers said the fest’s success was due to “more relevant younger bands than ever before” being booked for the lineup.

Seems organizers stuck to the formula booking another major hip-hop headliner in Kanye, who last played the festival in 2006. Underdog bands include Best Coast, Wiz Khalifa, Cults, Tinie Tempah, Cage the Elephant, Cee Lo Green, Nas & Damian Marley, Black Keys, Cut Copy, Ms. Lauryn Hill and more. For a complete list head to

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