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Desert Trip, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and Bob Dylan music fest, is officially happening

Michael Juliano
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Michael Juliano

Though the days of the Beatles vs. the Stones are long behind us, Coachella organizer Goldenvoice's newest music festival is straight out of the late '60s.

Desert Trip will take place October 7 through 9 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan will play on Friday, Paul McCartney and Neil Young on Saturday, and the Who and Pink Floyd's Roger Waters on Sunday.

Tickets go on sale Monday, May 9 at 10am. A single day general admission ticket costs $199, while a three-day pass is $399. The festival will also have reserved seating; three-day floor tickets start at $699, with grandstand seats for $999. And if you want to be face-to-face with Bob Dylan's mug? Standing pit tickets cost $1,599. Instead of traditional VIP tickets, the highest priced passes will come with access to a "Platinum Lounge."

When details of the fest first leaked, we were curious how this combination of sets from stadium-filling rock icons would work as a multi-day festival. The short answer: Stagecoach-style seating, Coachella-priced tickets and "an evening with" set times. The two acts each night will be the only bands on the bill. As a result, you won't find the festival grounds' typical multi-stage setup, but instead something more along the lines of this:

If you don't feel like dropping an extra $300 on reserved seats, you can bring in blankets and low-back chairs à la Stagecoach. Of course, those lawn spots will be pretty far from the stage, as seen in this seating chart:

Elsewhere, the buy-up accommodations should look familiar to Coachella attendees: parking shuttles, camping and fine dining options are available, including reservations each night for Outstanding in the Field ($225 a seat).

So what are your thoughts on Desert Trip? Rock fest of a lifetime? Prohibitively expensive? Both? Let us know in the comments, and check out the lineup poster and announcement video below.

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